Alphabet Forest 2020
Author, illustrator, and educator Debra Frasier introduces the Alphabet Forest 2020, in which your favorite authors, illustrators, and volunteers share videos, activities, and ideas for a literacy experience at home or in a classroom. Play the vocabulary game! Get your paper, glue, and favorite crayons or markers ready!
Debra Frasier demonstrates how to make a Game Card so we can collect our words, just as hundreds of people do each year at the Minnesota State Fair. We couldn’t hold the Fair in 2020, so we decided to have a Fair at home. (If you’d rather, here’s a printable version of the Game Card.)
Alphabet Forest volunteer Sarah Nelson shares her favorite word. Write it on your Game Card!
Debra Frasier demonstrates how to make our first building for our Alphabet Forest at Home, the Ticket Booth. Have fun!
Exceptional Alphabet Forest volunteer Julie Pomeroy shares her favorite word. Another good word for your game card!
Enthusiastic volunteer Heather Quale shares, and demonstrates, her favorite word. She even challenges us to say the word a certain way. Remember to write the word on your game card!
Join Debra Frasier as she shares cardboard tips and places to feature your Alphabet Forest in your own home. Your thinking cap will be smokin’!
The Minnesota State Fair brings you At-Home Fair Fun on their website: downloadables, poetry writing, our Blue Ribbon authors’ book lists, and a Minnesota Agriculture Crossword Puzzle developed by our very own Anita Dualeh. Thanks, Anita!
Blue Ribbon authors Pat Bauer and David Geister are creating their own State Fair in their backyard! One essential ingredient? Crop art!! We honor our state’s fine agricultural contributions with crop art. Join Pat and Dave with a drawing, beans, and glue.
Lisa Bullard, one of the Alphabet Forest’s Blue Ribbon authors, shares wonderful new words she found in the Dictionary … and you can, too. Include them in a story or poem and on your Game Card. Enjoy these new words!
Debra Frasier demonstrates how to make your favorite State Fair food booths for your Alphabet Forest at Home.
Many of you will recognize author Elizabeth Verdick, who writes the Small Walt books about everybody’s favorite snowplow. Today she takes us to her favorite place at the State Fair. Need a hint? Oink!
Alphabet Forest volunteer Lola Dee is also a healthcare worker. She has a very important favorite word to share with us. Definitely a word for our game cards. Thank you, Lola, for the work you are doing.
Blue Ribbon author Lisa M. Bolt-Simons demonstrates how to spell some of her favorite State Fair words and how to create an acrostic poem. She worked at the State Fair as a famous character. Can you guess who?
When we put out the call for videos, we recognized that making a video isn’t possible for everyone. We were DELIGHTED to receive treasured volunteer Deena Strohman’s favorite word in the mail. Be sure to write this word on your Game Card. Deena has been a part of the Alphabet Forest for many years so we’re happy she can join us in this year of the Alphabet Forest at Home. (Enjoy Deena’s poem from last year, too.)
Blue Ribbon author Margi Preus shows us how to make a really big pig at home … with a unique (but rhyming) feature. Can you predict what that will be? Enjoy this and have fun trying it at your home!
That gal with the creative ideas, Debra Frasier, demonstrates building the Giant Slide and the Swings at the Fair, using cardboard and glue and paper and markers. And there are two new words for your Game Card!!
Missing your holiday card family photo at the Alphabet Forest? Color your own set of letters with these black and white downloads. (Look here for Fabulous Fair Banner Letters) Attach colored letters to cardboard (or laminate). Slice a large pool noodle with a matte knife just to the core circle. Slip letters into the slice and, ta-dah! You have your own Photo Booth!
Did someone say “acrostic”? As in, you have many puzzles but I’d really like an “acrostic”? Thanks to Anita Dualeh, educator, for creating this puzzle to share with everyone in the Alphabet Forest. Download it here!
Tah-dah!!! At last our Cardboard State-Fair-at-Home is ready for YOU to visit! Watch this scissors-paper-glue-State Fair Story unfold, as told by Debra Frasier—and we get a night-time tour, too. Do you love the State Fair at night? Have you been making your own State Fair at home?
Blue Ribbon author Nancy Loewen challenges us with one of the coolest words “onomatopoeia” and all the fun things we can do with the words that fall within this category. You’ll want to buzzzz about this one!
Alphabet Forest volunteer Vicki Palmquist shares her favorite word, “razzmatazz,” which satisfies TWO of the letters on your game card, “r” and “z”.
Here is a find-the-word puzzle and a crop art challenge, honoring the Horticulture Building at the Minnesota State Fair. Great idea seeds! Thank you, Anita Dualeh, for contributing these.
Alphabet Forest founder Debra Frasier shows us how to make a blue ribbon for this historic 2020 Virtual Alphabet Forest, our prize for completing the Alphabet Forest Game Card. And there’s a bonus: a Y‑word for our cards.
A big salute to educator Anita Dualeh for pulling together these links to agricultural education resources, rounding out the Alphabet Forest materials for home and classroom. Teaching Ag in the Classroom is essential! Download the list here.
Rounding out our authors’ contributions to the Alphabet Forest, author and poet Jill Kalz shares her State Fair memories about yardsticks, mini-donuts and milk, and all the freebies we collect at the Fair. Sweet memories indeed! Plus three more words for your game card: Q, U, and D words.
Good night, Alphabet Forest! Good night, Alphabet Forest visitors! Good night, Minnesota State Fair! See you next year.
Alphabet Forest Founder Debra Frasier offers her thank you to each of the authors and illustrators who volunteered their time to share their memories, words, and projects with each of us who are creating our Alphabet Forest at Home. Don’t miss this touching tribute about communicating and working together.
A special thanks to Anita Dualeh (educator, long-time on-the-ground staff member, and project manager at the Alphabet Forest) for volunteering to organize the recipes and create the printed games and printables for homes and classrooms.
A special thanks to these volunteers who responded to our short-notice call for word-videos and pictures! In 2021, Come join the 400+ team of word lovers who volunteer to make the Alphabet Forest a one-on-one special experience for all our visitors! We need you! Long live the alphabet! Thank you, Lola Dee, Sarah Nelson, Vicki Palmquist, Julie Pomeroy, Heather Quale, and Deena Strohmann.