I use this activity during the first day or week of school. It is geared for younger grades (K-2nd), but could be adapted for older grade levels as well. It is a great way to review letter names, letter sounds, and beginning sounds while engaging in a fun activity.
Print and cut out the WELCOME letters and paste onto paper bags (lunch size or larger grocery bags depending on what objects you are using. Arrange the bags to spell the word “WELCOME”. Place an object (toys, food, classroom materials, etc) inside each bag that begins with that letter. Engage students in a review of that letter and sound and brainstorm a list of words that start with that letter. Chart responses. Have students guess what object could be in that bag and record their answers on the graphic organizer. Because I work with young students in a resource classroom, I use the included pictures to give students an example of words that begin with that letter\sound. Go through each bag and reveal the true contents. I generally choose at least one item that can be passed out at the end of the activity as a welcome gesture (l—lollipop; w—water bottle)