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  1. Orange Cookies

    The following ingredients need to be mixed in order:

    4 cups graham cracker crumbs
    (40 squares, crushed or use prepared crumbs)
    1 cup powdered sugar
    1/3 cup orange juice concentrate
    1/4 cup Karo syrup (white)
    1/3 cup margarine (melted)

    Add nuts, raisins, oats if desired. Form into balls about the size of walnuts. Roll in orange Jell-O powder. Let dry then enjoy! Makes about 4 dozen.

  2. Pineapple-O!

    Drain canned pineapple rings and give each child a slice on a plate. Talk about the shape then build another O by adding raisins, nuts, sunflower seeds, cut-up fruits, or Cheerios.

  3. Boiled Octopus

    Take hot dogs and cut a "cross" from each end towards the center. Do not cut completely to the center. Place the cut hot dogs into boiling water for a minute or two and the ends will curl up and the hot dog will look like an Octopus.

  4. "O" Snacks-olives, oranges, oatmeal, orange juice, omelets, Oreos

  1. One, Two, Three, Four, Five

    One, two, three, four, five!
    I caught a hare alive;
    Six, seven, eight, nine, ten!
    I let her go again.

  2. Only One Mother

    Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky,
    Hundreds of shells on the shore together,
    Hundreds of birds that go singing by,
    Hundreds of lambs in the sunny weather.

    Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
    Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
    Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
    But only one mother the world wide over.

    ~George Cooper~

  3. Once I Saw a Little Bird

    Once I saw a little bird
    Come hop, hop, hop;
    So I cried, "Little bird,
    Won't you stop, stop, stop?"
    I was going to the window
    To say, "How do you do?"
    But he shook his little tail,
    And far away he flew.

  4. Laura sent in a great O poem--Thanks, Laura!

    Let's sing now for the letter o
    Let's sing some o words that we know
    Olive, owl, and octopus too1
    Oh, letter o, we do like you!

  1. Cut big O's from construction paper. Let children find "O" pictures in magazines. Cut pictures and paste on outline of O.

  2. Braided Octopus

    The children will learn to braid during this art project. Attach yarn over a styrofoam ball and tie at bottom. Then divide the remaining yarn into 8 sections and braid each one. Then glue on wiggly eyes and a felt mouth.

  3. Ornaments

    Using beads, rick-rack, string, fabric scraps, etc., decorate different sizes of stryofoam balls. Store and use them for Christmas tree decorating.

  4. Orange O's

    Cut big O patterns from poster board and let the children paint them orange. When dry, let them have fun gluing Cheerios or other O-shaped cereal to the O.

  5. From Kate: Take a plastic cup, put it upside down, dip it in paint and make "o's" with the rim. Great idea and thanks, Kate!

  6. Kelli sent in this great idea. Thanks, Kelli!

    The first activity I do for letter Oo is to write a large capital and lower case Oo on constuction paper. I outline each Oo with glue. Students glue cherriOs around each Oo. I make sure to have enough cherrios for students to munch on after the activity. I find food always makes a huge impact on recalling letters and lettersounds.

  7. Jeannie sent in this great idea. Thanks, Jeannie!

    To help the children acknowledge the letter O we do a little lacing. We take yarn and measure about a foot and then I secure the end with a little tape. The other end I tie a Fruit Loop onto it. The children lace a necklace with the Fruit Loops. The only catch is when they go home they usually just have a necklace of yarn. They have a good time and they munch a little......

  8. Amy sent in this great idea. Thanks, Amy!

    For the letter O we read Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr Seuss and then make Oobleck (cornstarch and water with green food coloring). It is really messy but a lot of fun!

  1. Use different kinds of O-shaped cereal for counting, sorting and patterning activities.

  2. Develop the concept of one and more than one.

  3. Activities with odd and even numbers.

  4. Do a graphing activity as to which children like or don't like olives! That should be interesting!

  1. Ostrich and Octopus

    Develop a unit around the differences in ostriches and octopus. Display pictures and discuss habitats.

  2. Talk about the opossum and how, when they are trapped, they appear to be dead. Explain what "playing possum" means.

  3. Unit studies: Owls, Ohio, Oregon, Oklahoma, Olympics, Occupations, Oceans

  1. Ostrich Walk

    Show children how to do the ostrich walk: Bend forward at the waist and grab their ankles with their hands. Stretch their necks in and out as they walk.

  2. Set up an obstacle course for the children to go through. Use some of these things: boxes with ends open, hula hoops, jump ropes, balance beam, bar to crawl under, etc.

  3. Try to form a class octopus by using 8 children for the legs and the rest for the body.

**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.


Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Owliver by Robert Kraus
The Owl Who Became the Moonby Jonathan London
Good-Night, Owl by Pat Hutchins
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Whoo-oo Is It? by Megan McDonald
Fly By Night by June Crebbin


Out of the Ocean by Debra Frasier
A Swim Through the Sea by Kristin Joy Pratt
Moving Day by Robert Kalan
Octopus' Den by Deirdre Langeland
Sail Away by Donald Crews
Sheep on a Ship by Nancy Shaw
See the Ocean by Estelle Condra

I hope you can use some of these "alphabite" ideas!! If you have any more that I can post here, PLEASE email me with the ideas and your name, using the email icon below or use this form. I will post your idea and give you credit!! Also just write and let me know how you like the ideas and how they can be improved!! Thanks!!

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