I am bringing back an oldie but goodie! Sound sorting activities are some of our favorites!
What does the research say?
In Kathy Ganske’s book Word Sorts and More, she begins by discussing how humans we categorize our world in order to make better sense of it. My rearranging our world into categories, it makes the retrieval of information more efficient.
How do we start?
We begin with picture sorts! This is done with support by the teacher as students listen for the initial sounds in known words. Picture sorts work naturally at the beginning of the year while we are focusing on phonemic awareness skills. Students listen for the beginning sounds and sort them accordingly. This can take place in a whole group setting, but it should also be reinforced during your small group lessons.
It makes sense to bring these skills back into your small group setting since you are then able to differentiate the lessons to meet the individual needs of your students. If you are using ESGI to assess your students, this process is a simple one!
Once students complete the sort with their teacher, they can then complete the sort independently (or will less support).
Again, this task might be conducted in your small group lesson or it could be an independent activity the students work on once they return back to their literacy station or center. In my experience, students like to do picture sorts. These closed sorts are another opportunity for students to firm up their new learning! Since the words are the same as they conducted with teacher support, students spend their thinking time sorting the words, not trying to figure out it that picture is a lizard or an iguana.
Keep the learning GOING!
What we want is for the students to overlearn these new sounds. So how about a game? My class LOVED this game! They simply play with a partner. Each taking turns spinning the spinner and finding the picture that begins with the initial sound. Again, these are the same images from the sort, so there is less time spent trying to identify the picture and more time is spent isolating sounds. WIN!
When I revised this unit, I also added the differentiated cube option (because we sort of love them!)
The revision also included this option! DAUBERS! Enough said!
What about homework?
I am not a fan of homework, but there are times when parents ask for some activities to do at home. If this is the case, you could send this home! I just wrote the letters on a wooden cube.
Easy Station or Centers!
Once you have taught the format of this game in your small group, it can easily turn into an anchor center. This center can last you all year! It is easy to differentiate by having several varieties going at one time!
Yes, there is an editable version so you can enter your own sight words. Simply type the words are the sheet is filled in for you! Easy!
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