Letter/Word Formation & Spacing

Instructional Strategies

  • Teach the upper case letters first
  • Have students practice correct letter formation using a sensory writing tray or sensory bag.
  • Teach letters with similar letter formation patterns together.
  • Work with the student to complete scaffolded mazes to work on pencil control.
  • Use the Wet-Dry-Try approach: on a small chalkboard, have the student write the letter with a wet sponge, then trace with a dry sponge, then chalk.


Additional Resources

Focus Area/Sample SMART Goal/Sample Tier 2 Intervention Plan:

Focus Area

Sample SMART Goal

Sample Tier 2 Intervention Plan

Letter/Word Formation

Student will increase the accuracy of her letter formation from 5/26 upper case letters to 20/26 upper case letters as measured by completed alphabet worksheets by November 2019.

Teaching 3 letters at a time in groups of similar letters (formation-wise), teach student a vocabulary for formation (e.g. like in Handwriting w/o Tears). When student displays accuracy with direct teaching, have the student practice using a sensory tray.

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