Engaging and hands-on beginning sound practice! Your kindergarten, TK, 1st grade, or preschool ( Pre-K) students will love these puzzles as they match a picture with the letter that shows the beginning sound. These are great for whole-class teaching, small group instruction, literacy centers, independent practice, morning work, or intervention.
81 different puzzles (3 puzzles for each letter of the alphabet and 2 options for x) and two different recording sheets (one to write the letters or one to trace the letters). These can be used for many different purposes and in a variety of ways.
Why use Beginning Sounds Puzzles?
Research supports how important it is for beginning readers to practice beginning letter sounds. Intentional, frequent, and focused opportunities to practice over an extended time (deliberate practice) facilitates automaticity with this skill. Since research also shows that learners are more motivated to do an activity that is fun and novel, Beginning Sounds Puzzle is an activity that meets that criteria. Beginning Sounds Puzzles combines the motivation of a hands-on, engaging activity and deliberate practice with the goal of helping students gain automaticity in identifying and writing beginning letter sounds and does it in a way that is both fun and motivational.
How to Use:
Go over each picture name with the students. Have them repeat the name of each picture. If students do the activity independently, teach them to look at the picture on a puzzle piece and match it with the letter that shows the beginning sound. Students can then write or trace the letter on one of the recording sheets. Put the puzzle pieces in a sensory bin for even more fun!
This Beginning Sounds Puzzles activity can be used as morning work, at the beginning of a reading group, in a literacy center, or any other way that fits with your needs. It’s also a useful tool to be used by a parent volunteer or a paraprofessional working with one or a few students.
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