Ernie's Alphabet

Ernie has lost his letters! Students help Ernie find his letters by using environmental clues to point the way to where they are hidden in the Sesame Street exhibit. During their search, students practice letter identification and letter-sound recognition. This lesson can be expanded to include word-building and word-play.

Lesson extensions for before or after your visit

The following activities are designed for your class to enjoy before or after your museum visit. Familiarizing students with the lesson concepts can enrich your museum experience.

Environmental print

Provide a print-rich classroom environment so students connect printed words with spoken words:

  • Place name labels throughout the classroom—on attendance cards, cubby labels, helper boards, apron hooks, center tags, and more. For young students, combine a photograph of them with their name for easy recognition.
  • Label items in the classroom and parts of the classroom with a word that best describes that area. Accompany each word with a picture of the item or area as a visual reminder about the word.
  • Create a daily schedule—complete with photos—so students can see the agenda for the day.
  • Have students dictate stories as you write them on a whiteboard, digital visual presenter, or a computer with a projector.


Dr Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Book by Dr. Seuss
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
Jambo Means Hello, a Swahili Alphabet Book by Muriel Feelings
Many Nations-An Alphabet of Native America by Joseph Bruchac
Q is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game by Mary Elting
Rainy Day Alphabet Book by Jackie Posner
The Sweet and Sour Animal Book by Langston Hughes
Tomorrow's Alphabet by George Shannon
The Ultimate Alphabet by Mike Wilks
The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsberg