Letter Recognition Worksheet Activities

Alphabet Activities to Build Letter Recognition Skills

A writing activity for the letter E. Websterlearning

Letter recognition is an underlying skill for all literacy: in order to read or write in a language, a child needs to know the language's symbol system. Worksheets are not the only way to learn the basic sound symbol relationships, but they provide review and support as you are teaching young children to recognize letters.  It is also where we start introducing letter - sound relationships. 

Three Kinds of Worksheets

There are three worksheets in each bundled article below.

The first for each letter provides a single picture of a word whose initial letter is the letter of focus. It also provides letter outlines to help students practice writing their letters. Some children have difficulty seeing the dotted lines: you may want to go over each letter with a yellow highlighter for these children.

The second provides letter recognition practice as well as cutting practice. Each letter is paired with a picture of a word that begins with letter. At the bottom are 8 pictures in boxes. The student cuts out the pictures and glues those that begin with the target letter on the picture. Some letters are difficult to find in the initial position. In some cases, pictures like "x box" have been used not because they make the sound, but because it is a familiar object. In every case that the pictures might be ambiguous, there is a list of words (not in the order of the words) so you, as the teacher, know what the words are.

The third worksheet is a "word matching" worksheet. The words that match the letters are in the word bank. It gives children an opportunity to use what they are learning about letter sounds to compare the words to each other and see if they can match them. These may not be appropriate for students who have not started to figure out the symbol letter-sound relationships.

Many of the publishers of worksheets are not teachers: they often lump together all pictures with the initial letter, whether they are the hard or soft letter, whether they are short or long vowels. These worksheets will have picture with only one letter sound, except perhaps for the letter X, which is seldom found in the initial position, and is used for some really unusual or scientific terms based on Greek words. We used sibilant S's and hard G's and K's.

Common Core Standards for Letter Recognition

Reading Foundations Goals: RF.K.1d Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

Reading Foundation Goals: .RF.K.3.a
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.


This is a kindergarten skill, but many children with learning disabilities may not gain this skill for a while.

IEP Goals

IEP goal for this skill/standard: Given flash cards for the alphabet, Johnny Student will correctly name 21 of 26 words (80%) three out of four consecutive trials.

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