Engaging and hands-on beginning sound phonics practice! Your kindergarten, TK, or preschool ( Pre-K ) students will love hunting for beginning sound pictures around the classroom and using the recording sheet to write (or color) all of the sounds they find! Another option is to put the cards in a sensory bin or spread them out on the table. These are great for whole-class teaching, small group instruction, literacy centers, independent practice, morning work, or intervention.
- 54 picture cards (2 cards for each letter of the alphabet and an alternative for x)
- Three different recording sheets (one to write the letters in a numbered box, one without the numbers, and one to color in the letters that show the beginning sounds).
- Labels for photo box storage containers (if you choose to store them this way)
Why use Beginning Sounds Write the Room?
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, Write the Room Beginning Sounds cards is an activity that meets that criteria. Write the Room ( or scoot ) 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 the card and then, color or write the letter that shows the beginning sound (depending on which recording sheet you choose).
This Write the Room 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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Linda Ekstrom and Michelle Woods