Instructors can use the following sets of flash cards to introduce the English alphabet to beginning readers.

Each set of alphabet flashcards on this page consists of two cards. The first flashcard has both the upper and lower case forms of each letter printed together, along with a picture of something that starts with that letter. The second page contains two cards, one for the upper case version of the letter and one for the lower case version. The same identifying picture is repeated on both of these cards. Game idea: Use the separate upper and lower case cards in a Concentration style game to see who can match the correct forms the fastest.

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Printable Alphabet Flashcards

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Letter A Flashcard

Aa is For Apple Flashcard

Did you know that the only native North American apple is the crabapple?

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Letter A Split Flashcard

Aa Split Letter Card

Your typical apple pie requires at least 2 pounds of apples to make.

Letter B Flashcard

Bb Flashcard

There are several species of butterfly that have a 12 inch wing span.

Letter B Split Flashcard

Bb Mixed Letter

Interesting fact: Butterflies cannot take flight if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Letter C Flashcard

Letter Cc

Do you know what you call a cluster or group of cats? It's called a clowder.

Letter C Split Flashcard

Upright Letter Cc

Worldwide, it is estimated that, half a billion cats room the Earth. Most of their time is spent on Youtube though.

Letter D Flashcard

Dd is for Duck

One of the few creatures that can live equally as well fresh or salt water.

Letter D Split Flashcard

Dd Split

Did you know that ducks have three eye lids?

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Letter E Flashcard

Letter Ee

The average female elephant will have 11 babies in their lifetime.

Letter E Split Flashcard

Ee Double Letter

The elephant is really interesting in that there are only recognized species (African and Asian).

Letter F Flashcard

Ff is for Fish

Did you know that a lungfish can live out of water for several years?

Letter F Split Flashcard

Ff Duo Letter

Did you know that most fish have taste buds all over their body?

Letter G Flashcard

Gg is for Ghost

Don't get spooked by that crazy Casper.

Letter G Split Flashcard

Gg Dual Letter

The most commonly accepted theory for why some people for a paranormal experience is the presence of electromagnetic fields that either blur their perception or the environment itself.

Letter H Flashcard

Hh is for Home

This flashcard does use up a bit of ink or toner.

Letter H Split Flashcard

Hh Split

See if students see the letter in the picture that is presented.

Letter I Flashcard

Ii is For Igloo

The meaning of the word "Igloo" in Inuit culture is "shelter".

Letter I Split Flashcard

Ii Split Letter Card

Igloos were always used as temporary shelters only.

Letter J Flashcard

Jj

I'm not sure if the author meant that J is for jam, jelly, or jam. Take your pick.

Letter J Split Flashcard

Jj Letter

The general rule of thumb for making fresh jam is that every pound of jam requires 4 pounds of fruit.

Letter K Flashcard

Kk Flashcard

A Japanese kite maker once fly 11,284 continuous kites in a straight line.

Letter K Split Flashcard

Kk Both Letter Card

The longest working kite that was ever created measured just over a half a mile long.

Letter L Flashcard

Ll Letter

Did you know that lions are only the second largest species of cats? Tigers are the champ.

Letter L Split Flashcard

Ll letter Split card

A lions roar can be heard as far as 5 miles from the spot he lets it loose.

Letter M Flashcard

Mm Letters

Did you know that a baby mouse is called a "pinky." Makes sense!

Letter M Split Flashcard

Mm Duo Letter

The tails of mice can grow beyond the length of their body.

Letter N Flashcard

Nn Letter

Many birds glue their nests together with silk, mud, or even their own saliva.

Letter N Split Flashcard

Nn Micro Letter

Pigeons nest seven to eight times a year. That's why there are so many all around.

Letter O Flashcard

Oo

Owls are nocturnal. That means that they active during the night.

Letter O Split Flashcard

Oo is for the Lettered Owl

Did you know that owls are naturally far-sighted.

Letter P Flashcard

Pp is Pig

Pigs really don't "pig out". They are normally one of the slower eating mammals.

Letter P Split Flashcard

Pp Push Letter Practice

Don't let those pork bellies fool you. Pigs can reach speeds of 11 miles per hour. They are only sprinters though.

Letter Q Flashcard

Qq the Queen Letter Card

The Queen of England is the only person in the UK that is allowed to drive without a license.

Letter Q Split Flashcard

Qq Dual Letter

The band Queen was firstly named "Smile".

Letter R Flashcard

Rr Letter

A female rabbit is called a doe. Males are called bucks.

Letter R Split Flashcard

Rr Rockin' Letter

More than half of the world's rabbits live in North America.

Letter S Flashcard

Ss

Did you know that snakes don't have eyelids?

Letter S Split Flashcard

Ss Snake Letters

Snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica.

Letter T Flashcard

Tt Turtle

Turtles have been known to hide in their shell from predators for days.

Letter T Split Flashcard

Tt Trouble Letter Card

The Tts make for nice penmanship set ups.

Letter U Flashcard

Uu Flash

I hope you can tell that is a picture of an umbrella.

Letter U Split Flashcard

Uu Split Set

It is also not a carrot or a type of candy.

Letter V Flashcard

Vv Letter

Did you know that playing a violin can easily burn 150 per hour.

Letter V Split Flashcard

VV Vase Letter

Violin bows have over 150 hairs together.

Letter W Flashcard

Ww is for Walrus

The average cold weather walrus weighs over 2 tons.

Letter W Split Flashcard

Ww Wow! Letter Flashcards

You will find these guys mostly in the Arctic regions of the world.

Letter X Flashcard

Xx Letter

The use of xylophone play is often thought to be part of comedic acts.

Letter X Split Flashcard

Xx Split

This is a very popular instrument during Halloween time. It makes clanking bone sounds.

Letter Y Flashcard

Yy

The original patented name for a yo-yo was either "whirligig" or "bandalore". Yo-yo is so much cooler!

Letter Y Split Flashcard

Yy Split

The record for continuous yo-yo spinning is 21 minutes, last I checked.

Letter Z Flashcard

Zz

When a predator attacks a zebra, they run in a zig-zag pattern.

Letter Z Split Flashcard

Zz Zebra Letter

Zebras can run 40 miles per hour for extended periods of time.

What is the Alphabet?

The alphabet is series of letters that are set in fixed sequence. Letters are basic units that embody sounds of the English language. Having a good understanding of the alphabet can make pronunciation much clearer for people. This can lead better and more fluid reading ability. There are twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Youngsters that can easily identify letters also have an increased ability to sound out the letters as well. These can help students progress to naming words and eventually stringing together sentences. I would encourage students to look around their world constantly and try to identify letters. These cards can help students get acquainted with the letters and the pictures that help them identify it. We find it easier to present students with capital letters first because they are much more visually distinct from each other.

How to Learn the Letters of the Alphabet Fast

Helping kids to learn the alphabets is a fun activity and ends up with you laughing all the time. At the same time, it's also an important learning element for kids. But, how to make the kids learn ABCs faster? Let's look at the following steps:

1. One of the practices which parents usually perform on toddlers is by playing Anywhere ABC Hunt-hide by using flashcards. The kids have to find those flashcards within a boundary.

2. You can also incorporate grocery store letter hunt for your visits to the grocery store. Kids are always excited when they visit stores, so why not make a game out of it?

3. You can also make a quick car-ride letter hunt game to help your child in memorizing alphabets quicker.

Does Using Flashcards Help Students Learn the Alphabet?

Children are always in need of finding new ways to channel their creativity, and for the most part, this creativity helps provide them with a better learning experience. Hence, better education.

Flashcards have been a part of classrooms for a long time. Students usually get to see them right at the beginning of their school journey. They also get to learn many things through them along the way. The most famous is the alphabet.

However, some questions remain; how effective is this learning practice? Does it help in improving student retention? How can teachers use them to improve a student's learning experience?

After all, it is essential to know what works and how it can be better for students.

The Art of Visual Aids

One does not learn only through the ears.

Learning is a process that uses all five senses. The eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin give us information. The brain receives information, decodes it, and then retains it as useful knowledge that can be helpful later on.

Yet, when it comes to seeing something, another amazing thing happens. The brain creates visual data for storage. According to educational psychologists, having pictorial representation helps for better retention, especially for children who are visual learners.

The Use of Flashcards

Flashcards are simple and colorful options to impart information in a direct and concise manner. The use of these cards is prominent in lower grades. Teachers use them as a resource to introduce vocabulary to students starting with the alphabet.

A set of flashcards is typically used for this purpose. Each contains a letter, in both upper and lower cases, and a labeled picture related to the letter. For example, a picture of an apple is presented next to the letter A. For the letter B, it is a ball.

This allows students to connect both visually, which helps with better recall. How exactly? Let us show you.

How Flashcards Work

If we show you the letter D without any other information, your mind will create a drawing in your head without you even trying. If we try to guess what that drawing is, chances are, we will be very accurate.

A dog.

This is because, at some point, the introduction of the letter D came with the picture of a dog. A picture that your mind had stored sometime in the past and brings up every time you think of the alphabet.

Pictorial representation matters, and using compact flashcards helps speed up the process by keeping a student's attention focused.

Using Flashcards

There are many ways that teachers can use flashcards in their classrooms. That too for any grade.

For starters, flashcards are great for introducing new concepts to students, especially with things that students might not be able to see, like human organs. Students can associate the verbal explanation of the letter with the pictorial representation.

Games, especially memory ones, also use flashcards. Such games help the teacher assess the level of retention showcased by every student, giving them an outlook on what letter needs work.

Children can also make their own flashcards which they can share in class. This makes for a fun activity and helps students revise what they are supposed to learn while showing their creativity.

The Wrap

Using bright and colorful methods always works well in class, and flashcards are an excellent way to help students learn various subjects, specifically the alphabet.