Letter reversals, such as confusing b, d, p, q, are common among young learners. Here are some engaging activities and a free printable for mastering these tricky letters!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently started teaching K-3 Reading Intervention. During the last few weeks, I have been administering a reading test to all students reading below grade level in first, second, and third grade.
While this can make for some very long days, I have learned SO much about my students. One of the errors I saw nearly every hour was due to reversals of the letters b and d and sometimes p and q. I created some games and activities for mastering these tricky letters so that it no longer causes reading errors!
Sometimes q is written without the tail and then it looks like p! Here students have to differentiate between p, q, b and d.
These cut and paste letter sorts include letters in ten different fonts. These are great “take home” activities!
This beginning sounds game can be played with or without the teacher! Students choose a card. All cards have pictures that start with b, d, p or q. Students point to, (paper)clip, or clothespin the letter that correlates with the beginning sound.
Here, students roll and then color, highlight, or daub (dot paint) a picture that starts with the same sound.
Finally, we will practice writing the letters with these fun flower spinners.
No letter reversal lessons would be complete with the b-e-d trick! Hold both hands in front of you. Touch your pointer fingers and thumbs together. Then say the word “bed.” Your hands will create the frame of a bed, while your fingers create letters that show the proper directions of b and d. This is a trick your students can use anywhere, anytime! To remind them of this visual, I printed the large b-e-d poster for my focus wall and the small posters for student folders, binders, and backpacks.
You can download the free posters by clicking here.
The rest of these activities can be found in my Letter Reversals pack on TeachersPayTeachers.
Do you have tips for correcting letter reversals?