WEEK 1, DAY 3: Princess Presto�s Spelling Day

On Day 3, Princess Presto�s Spelling Day, the activities focus on letter sounds and spelling.

Click on the links below to access an overview of the Day 3 activities, the Day 3 materials list, instructions for each activity (including related PDFs), take-home worksheets, and links to the related episode, computer game, and video clips.

Day 3 Syllabus
The schedule and overview of activities for Week 1, Day 3 (Princess Presto�s Spelling Day!)
  • Syllabus (PDF)

Day 3 Materials
A list of the materials needed for Week 1, Day 3 of camp.
  • Materials (PDF)

Introduction to Princess Presto�s Spelling Day and Previous Day Review
Campers talk about Princess Presto and are introduced to the day�s activities. They review the camp rules, and the literacy skills that they learned on Days 1 and 2.
  • Name Tags, Letter Cards, -ALL Word Family Cards (PDF)

Interactive Viewing: �The Three Little Pigs� / Transform into Princess Presto
The group watches and discusses �The Three Little Pigs� episode, then transforms into Princess Presto whose �Spelling Power� is the focus of the Day 3 activities. Download or stream the episode using the link below.

Computer Time (Optional): Princess Presto Golden Crown Spelling Bee
Campers play the Princess Presto Golden Crown Spelling Bee computer game as a group activity. They take turns identifying letters by their sounds and using the letters to spell out words. A link to the game can be found below.
  • Instructions (PDF)
  • Princess Presto Golden Crown Spelling Bee online game (Play!)

Craft: Activity: Grow a Letter!
Practicing the association between letters and the sounds they make, campers make letter flowers and �plant� them in a flowerpot when the teacher says the letter sound associated with a given letter.
  • Grow a Letter! (PDF)

Game: Princess Letter Sounds Basketball
When the teacher makes a letter sound, campers find the paper with the matching letter, crumple it into a ball and shoot it into a trash can, reinforcing the association between sounds and letters.
  • Letter Sounds Basketball (PDF)

Movement Activity: Princess-cise Encoding Activity and Finding Super Letters
Campers combine movement with practicing letters/sounds associations, and identifying words that start with certain letters. They then search for the Super Letters and find the Super Story Answer.
  • Letter Cards, Super Letters (PDF)

Extended Learning
Campers review the sound of each letter in the words PIG and BIG by watching a video clip of Princess Presto. They then reenact her game from the episode by holding up cards with letters that match the letter sound made by teacher. Download or stream the video clip below.
  • Letter Cards (PDF)
  • Princess Presto Video Clip #1 (Download - Right Click and Save As | View)

Wrap Up
Do a quick review of the letter sounds practiced in Day 3. If you wish, do a one-on-one assessment of each camper�s ability to identify the letter associated with each sound. Then sing the Hip Hip Hurray song to celebrate the accomplishments of the day.
  • Wrap Up (PDF)
  • The Three Little Pigs Coloring Book (PDF)
  • Day 3 Assessment Materials (Optional) (PDF)

Take-home Materials
In take-home worksheet #1, children look at pictures of objects, say the name of each object out loud, then select the letter that each object starts with. In take-home worksheet #2, they cut out ten letters to put on objects around them that start with each letter.
  • Princess Presto Worksheets (PDF)

All of Day 3
Print all the Day 3 materials described in the links above.

Additional Resources:

PBS Teachers PBS Raising Readers PBS Parents