Alphabet Practice and Building Words – Football Style

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It’s fall and I don’t know about you, nothing says fall more than football in my neck of the woods.  Maybe that is because it is still in the high 90’s and leaves won’t change colors around here until some time between late November and January.  So football is what I hang my hat on!  Oh yeah – and I live in Texas.  Football and Texas – enough said.

I love taking topics and activities that students love and turning them into classroom activities.  Well, it is Texas and it is fall, so a football activity was a no brainer.

I am loving the versatility of this set.  This resource has everything you need to set-up an fun and engaging word work station in your classroom.  The versatility comes with the myriad of activities you can do with this set.

So it’s one thing for me to tell you how much I love this set, but let’s see what others have said.  Some of the Test Team members put this resource to the test in their classrooms and this is what happened.

One Texas teacher said “students were excited to play with the football players and footballs. They loved that it was not a traditional letter, it was a fun character that they could relate to and love!”


Another Test Team teacher said “I loved how simple this activity was for my little guys. Although it was simple, I was able to do at least 5 different activities with it. I will put it in our ABC center and the kids can use it in any of the 5 ways we used it together.”

Building Sight Words or Spelling Words
Perfect for any age or grade!
Putting letters in ABC Order.
Perfect for Pre-K or K!
Matching uppercase and lowercase letters
Perfect for Pre-K, K or struggling 1st grade

And what does all this versatility mean for you as a teacher? Easy differentiation! Kala M. said “I like the graphics ( my boys really liked them) I also liked that diversity of them. I have some learners who know and can match up the letters, so to be able to show them how to build words with the footballs is a great option to this.”

I love this resource and so do all the teachers who tested it out. The end of football season isn’t until the SuperBowl in February so you can get lots of use from this resource (or bring it back in February just in time for the big game)!

How would you like to be one of the first to try out new teaching resources, like the teachers here. Join the Teaching in Blue Jeans Test Team by clicking the picture below!


  1. Becki says

    What a great resource! I know my students would love using it. I LOVE the Oklahoma State Cowboys. I spend fall Saturday's wearing my orange. My favorite pro team is probably the Green Bay Packers, but I always pull for Dallas Cowboys too. My guess of your favorite team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. [email protected]

  2. trinh tran says

    I love the name of your site….Amen to blue jeans!
    I don't necessary have a favorite team, but I do watch it.
    I root for the Aggies since my husband is one.
    I am thinking your favorite team is Pittsburgh Steelers.
    Thanks for all your resources.
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