I created the Beginning Sounds activity specifically for independent practice in literacy centers. There are three different ways that you can use the templates. The first way (I’ll admit, it’s my favorite) is to laminate the templates and place velcro dots on the circles and letters. The students match the letters to the beginning sound of the word. I placed a long strip of velcro on the back of each board and placed the letters specifically for that template on the back. This makes it easy to quickly grab the template you wish the student to use and the letters are readily available.
The second way that you can use the templates is by laminating them and having your student use a dry erase marker to write the correct letter in the circle. Using this method, your student receives the added practice of writing letters.
Of course, I’m a big fan of those dry erase pockets. Simply slide the template you wish your student to use in the pocket and then write the letters with a dry erase marker. Dry erase pockets can be found in most teacher supply stores or catalogs. You can also order them on online through Amazon.
You can also use magnetic letters with the templates. You’ll need a few sets of magnetic letters for use with these templates. You can find magnetic letters at any dollar store, but I purchase my letters online through Banks School Supply as I like the shape and size of the letters. I also like that the consonants are blue and the vowels are red.
When you download the Make, Take & Teach Beginning Sounds templates you’ll receive 15 colorful templates. The letter order presented on the templates follow the order of introduction of a commonly used reading series. I’ve also included templates specifically for addressing b/d reversals and vowel confusion. Templates are differentiated as the number of letters progressively increased.
Whether you choose to use the templates on a cookie sheet, laminate and use dry erase markers, or use velcro, they are sure to help your students master letters and sounds.
I’ve been absolutely lovin’ those dry erase pockets I picked up at Walmart during their back to school sale. My goodness, they were only a little over a $1.oo each! My mind is literally spinning with activities to create to use with them. The kids really like this twist on what would normally be a black and white worksheet. The pockets are particularly helpful during small group instruction when working on targeted phonics skills.
I know so many of my first grade friends are working on short vowel sounds so creating a dry erase pocket activity for short vowels seemed to be a logical fit. For each vowel, there is a word family page where the student is to write in the beginning sound of the word.
Many children confuse their vowel sounds. Vowel discrimination activities for the most common confusions are included. When you download this activity, you’ll receive 16 differentiated vowel pages. Of course, if you don’t have the pocket charts, you can simply laminate the pages. Have the students write the letters with a dry erase marker, wipe the page/pocket clean and use over and over again!
Just in case you missed the back-to-school sale at Walmart or don’t have them in your classroom already, you can easily order online.
I love going into stores during their back-to-school sales! I especially love perusing the aisles of Walmart and our local dollar stores. There’s always super cheap items that can be used or changed into activities for our little kiddos. Just last week I found these pocket charts at Walmart. They are the perfect size for your small group instruction area. Well, just across the street from Walmart is the Dollar Tree. I found these colorful snack containers with the snapped-topped lid–so perfect for storing pictures!
I thought it’d be fun to create an early literacy packet for the pocket charts and use the containers to store the pics. So, in the spirit of color-coordination, all the beginning sound pics have a blue border, the rhyme pics a red border, pictures for syllables green, and the pictures for phoneme segmentation yellow. How wonderful that the containers come in all those colors! Love it! When you download this file, you’ll receive 120 sorting pictures for beginning sounds. That’s 5 pictures per letter. You’ll also receive 18 rhyming pair pictures to use to teach and practice the skill of rhyme.
The skill of syllabication is one of the early phonemic awareness skills. There are 33 pictures of 1, 2, and 3 syllable words.
It’s important that students understand that words are comprised of individual speech sounds. By mid-kindergarten/early first we expect children to be able to “segment” or break apart words into their sounds. This skill is called “phoneme segmentation”. There are 44 pictures contained in the Pocket Chart Pictures file that can be used to teach this skill. Students say the word, segment the word into its sounds and then place the picture in correct row indicating the number of sounds.
Just for organization sake, labels for the containers are also included.
If you like this pocket chart product, you may also like the Picture Chart Pictures for Short Vowels/CVC too.
Okay, I know that the Walmart pocket charts aren’t available year-round. There are many options available for you. I found these magnetic pocket charts on Amazon that would work great too. They would be ideal for posting on your wall if using the pictures as a center activity.
Kyle created this cute little ladybug for another activity and I thought he would be ideal for a fun little springtime and summer themed alphabet activity. When you download the ABC Ladybug game you’ll receive 4 free ladybug game boards and letter circles. To play the game, provide each child with a game board and place all the letter circles face down on the table. Players take turns choosing a circle and matching the beginning sound of the letter to the picture on their game board. The first player to have all the dots on their ladybug covered wins the game.
Click the following link to download this fun little freebie Ladybug Alphabet Game
Maybe your students are more into turtles than ladybugs?? They may enjoy the ABC Turtle game instead. Same idea–just a different twist.
Click HERE to download the ABC Turtle FREE from my TpT store
Hope your students have fun with these games. Enjoy the freebies!
So what can you do with a giant fly swatter??? Well, of course, swat giant flies! I was so excited to find these giant fly swatters at the Dollar Tree I almost purchased one of each color (ended up with the pretty red one). The table-topped sized fly swatting game has been an all-time favorite for both centers and small group instruction, so I thought I’d make it even bigger with the giant fly swatter with giant flies to match! Simply print the flies on either cardstock or office paper, cut them out and the activity is ready to go. Scatter the flies on the floor or tape them on the wall and have your students “swat” the flies with the words or letters you name. This game is so simple, but the kids absolutely love it!
Click HERE to download this activity from my TpT store
Click HERE to download the Giant Fly Swat game for letters from my TpT store
I love this game, too, as it is a fast-paced game with lots of opportunities for response. If you’d rather use the table-top sized version of this activity, just purchase a regular fly swatter and print the activities:
I was out shopping the other day and stopped in at the Dollar Tree. It’s so much fun when they change their seasonal items. The spring items are especially fun to use in some sort of activity. These cute little watering cans are ideal for a sorting activity. We have a few kiddos who are still confusing their short vowel sounds and this spring-themed activity will be great to use during small group instruction. When you download this freebie you’ll receive 32 flowers with short vowel pictures. Directions for assembling your activity as well as teaching directions are included in this file.
Click the following link to download this freebie Flower Can Freebie