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Activities include visual abstractions, cognition, concrete challenges, creative writing, and art—all based in some way on the alphabet.

For instance, in the activity Quick Changes, children are asked to start with a simple word and then change just one letter at a time to see how many new words they can make. If they start with "pear," they could make "bear," and then "bean," and then "beat," and then "belt," and so on.

The ideas are designed to be used as learning centers, although many can be converted into activity sheets, done as oral activities, or even turned into bulletin boards. However, if you're a classroom teacher, we encourage you to stick with the center approach. Required preparation time has been kept to a minimum.

There are 37 activities in all, each of which require kids to think very carefully about their OPQ's!

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