T is for Train


Given a letter identification activity on the Smartboard, the student will identify the uppercase letter T independently 5 out of 5 trials with 100% accuracy, for 5 consecutive data points.

  • SmartBoard
  • Pre-made Smartboard train activity
  • Pointer stick
  • Step platform for Smartboard

Pre-Requisite Skills:
  • The student must be able to utilize the pointer on the Smartboard and manipulate objects on the Smartboard
  • Identify the letters M, A, and S

Procedures (Model/Lead/Test):
Initial Instruction (Model):
  1. The teacher will introduce the lesson to the children. She will say “Today, friends, we will be continuing our unit on trains. Trains are a type of transportation that rides on tracks and takes heavy loads to faraway places. Look at the word Train. What letter does it begin with? It starts with the letter T. What letter does train start with? T. Yes, T. This is an uppercase letter. It is a straight line down, and a straight line across the top.”
  2. “Let’s take a look at our letters. I’ll go first.” The teacher will review the letters by practicing the MLT reading strategy. The teacher will then allow the students to practice, and finally individually assess each student for proficiency in identifying the letter T.
  3. When finished, the teacher will begin the small group lesson on the SmartBoard. The SmartBoard screen will have a train carrying 3 different letters. The teacher will say, “Look friends, we have already learned about the letters M, A, S, and now T. Our train is carrying a very special load of letters. I want you to tell me which train car is carrying the uppercase T. I’ll go first. I remember that the uppercase T is a tall, straight line with a line across the top. Oh, I found it! Here it is in the middle.”

Guided Practice (Lead):
  1. “Now, it is your turn to practice. I want you to help me find the letter T. Stella, come on up. Here comes the next train! Can you find the letter T? You did it!” I would then choose each of the children to have one opportunity to identify the letter T on the train.

Independent Practice (Test):
  1. “Friends, you are doing so well at identifying the letter T. You will each have an opportunity to come to the computer and identify the letter T on 5 different trains with Mrs. Smith.” Data will be taken as the student completes the tasks.

As the students are completing the final portion of the independent practice,Mrs. Smith will be completing the data sheet that lists the 5 trials, as well as a column for a check mark if they complete the task correctly and independently. I expect that each student will identify the letter T on all 5 trains correctly and independently.