A Fall Festival of Beginning Sounds
Consonants, Vowels, and Digraphs
Falling into autumn academic fun with adorable scarecrows, pumpkins, and baskets. This literacy center is created by Gail's Reading Rubies. It is designed for direct teaching of small groups of kindergarten and first grade students. It is also designed to be used in a classroom as an independent phonics word work center including student answer sheets. The product targets beginning sounds of all the consonants, vowels, and digraphs. Students practice auditory discrimination of initial sounds within words as they sort pictures on individual scarecrow boards. Additionally students practice writing letters associated with the sounds. Teachers will be able to get valid informal assessment of student progress because all will have different pictures to sort. Which student can match sounds to letters without being able to copy the neighbor?
What is included in this center?
Consonants-All 21 consonants are included. There are 6 pictures for each consonant. This is a total of 126 consonant picture cards. The consonant letter X is an exception. Six picture cards are included to represent this sound however this sound is at the end of 5 of the picture words. Letter J is also on 2 boards so there are 12 pumpkin pictures for that sound.
Vowels- All 5 vowels are included. There are 6 pictures for each vowel. Both the long and short sounds are used in the pictures and the sounds are in the initial position. This is a total of 30 vowel picture cards.
Digraphs-There are 6 pictures beginning with each of these digraph sounds: Ch, Sh, Th, and Wh. This is a total of 24 digraph picture cards.
Total picture cards in center is 186.
Scarecrow Handwriting Boards-There are 8. Each board has 4 different letters for writing instruction and practice as well as auditory discrimination sorting of the pumpkin pictures.
Scarecrow Picture Answer Boards-There are 8. These can be used by students for self checking of the picture sorts even if they can’t read because the answers are shown using pictures instead of words.
Baskets- 30 small baskets with the Alphabet Letters and the Digraph Letters to be used for sorting activities. One large blank basket and 6 small blank individual baskets used for small group instruction and other center/ independent sorting activities.
To Prepare: Read through the instruction activities to decide how you want to use this center. This will determine how many of the individual scarecrow boards you will need to copy. Print out the number of scarecrow boards needed for your type of instruction, pumpkins, and baskets. Laminate for better durability. Cut apart the pumpkin and basket cards. The pumpkins are numbered so group these cards together in individual baggies: 4 small baggies, one for each of the 4 individual sounds/letters and then a bigger baggie to hold these 4 groupings together. You can also put the matching Scarecrow Boards inside the bag. Put the number on the outside of the bag for organizational help. Do this for each of the different scarecrow boards. Pumpkins are numbered to match the scarecrow boards. Put the abc letter baskets together in another large baggie.
Direct Teaching with a small group: Each student will need the same scarecrow board. Duplicate these boards according the the number in your group. There are 6 pumpkin pictures for each letter as well as six blank small baskets. ( I use 6 students in my groups.) Divide out the picture cards, giving one of each letter sound to each student. So each student will have 4 pictures to put in a small basket and their own scarecrow board, if you are teaching six students at a time. If your group is less than six, divide the remaining picture cards between them.
To Teach: (Initial instruction or below level, RTI, Special Education )
#1. Everyone will need a dry erase marker for writing. Look at the letter in Box #1. Name it. Make it’s sound. Skywrite it all together a few times. Then trace It, both the capital and lowercase in the big box. Then trace the letters on the handwriting lines below the box. (Be sure you have already talked about the top line, middle line, and the base lines where letters live before doing this.) If there is room have the student write the letters again beside the traced ones. Continue for Box 2, 3, and 4.
#2. Auditory Discrimination/Sorting: Each student will take a turn by picking a pumpkin card from their small basket, name it, make the initial sound, and tell the alphabet letter it begins with. Next it is placed on top of the matching letter box. If the student doesn’t know or gets it wrong, do a quick teach, then the picture card is put back in the student’s basket under the other cards. Then the next student does the same procedure. Everyone watches and listens to whoever has the turn because all the pictures are different and everyone can listen, think, and learn. Continue until all the pumpkins are put on the scarecrow boards of every student.
#3. Game variation: Place all 24 pumpkins on the large basket after mixing them up. Students take turns by drawing from this big basket. Everyone will need to name the pumpkin picture, make the initial sound and if there is room on their board to place it but if that sound/letter has already been placed then the pumpkin card is returned to the bottom of the basket. Continue like this until someone has all 4 sound/letter cards on their board. (Kind of like Bingo) They yell out, “Scarecrow!”
On Level Activities:
The pumpkins and scarecrow boards are numbered for organizational purposes. Decide which group of sounds the student(s) needs to practice. Give that Scarecrow board to the student(s )and mix up the matching 24 pumpkin pictures on the large basket. Easily differentiated by controlling the number of scarecrow boards a student is expected to complete during center time. Remember, there are 7 Alphabet Scarecrow Boards and 1 Digraph Board for students to practice.
Have one or two students alphabetize the Basket Letters in a large pocket chart. Then he/they will sort all 180 pumpkin picture cards by putting next to the matching letter. Stack all six picture pumpkin cards for each letter on top of each other to allow enough room on the chart if needed. For differentiation, students could do half of the alphabet instead of all of it, or however much the teacher feels the student(s) are capable of doing.
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