UPDATED MAJORLY IN JULY 2015....I LOVE it!
Have your students practice their beginning sounds with paint sticks. You can get paint sticks free anywhere....I got mine at Home Depot. Next, you will need to put velcro on the un-marked side of the paint stick either in eight pieces or just a long strip down the front. After..... print, cut, and laminate (if you'd like) and put the opposite piece of velcro to the back of each picture card so that they stick when added to a Beginning Sound Paint Stick.
This product….Beginning Sounds Paint Stick Sort includes…………
-letter A-Z header cards (one per stick)-
-8 beginning sound pictures for each letter of the alphabet (except x….it has 8 ending sound pictures)-
Two Versions of Picture Cards are Available:
-Set 1 includes the picture along with the word at the bottom and these cards-
-Set 2 includes JUST the picture without the word written at the bottom and are a smidgen smaller than Version 1 cards-
-Use either version or use both for different ability levels of students….you choose & enjoy-
THE OBJECTIVE: to find all eight pictures that have the same beginning sound as the header card and place them on the velcro below the header card one by one until all eight pictures are found. The only exception is the letter x....there is just not enough words and clipart to make eight beginning letter x words that students would understand SO....ONLY letter x focuses on the ending sound Xx from the header of the their paint stick. This works very well once explained only once....and kids just make do without a blink of an eye!
I also just updated this file so that the vowel sounds would only focus on the "short" vowel sound as not to confuse them with both the long and the short all at once for a student just learning their sounds. This has helped immensely in my classroom and I hope it does in yours as well!
A BIG PIECE OF ADVICE.......I WOULDN'T just give a student or group of students the whole container of all sticks and corresponding pictures.... as it's WAY too overwhelming and would be (and is...I tried) a complete DISASTER....take my word on this one!!!
My recommendation is to package sticks with corresponding beginning sound pictures in groups of four to five sticks per center. I found four to not be too overwhelming...yet still challenging. I would also either make this an individual or center or at the most groups of two.....cards tend to get lost when there are too many kiddos in the mix :)
HOW TO USE:
-I put four different sticks in a basket, two gallon zip lock bag, etc.... with either a container to store the corresponding beginning sound pictures as well. I like to use a travel bar soap container you can get at the Dollar Store to keep the cards from the four sticks in....but use whatever works for you. My only advice is that you have a separate container for these cards. It just keeps it nice and tidy!-
-students pick a basket, ziplock, whatever you have chosen for storage (of four different sticks….. and I usually put a vowel in each one)-
-students lay out the sticks-
-students put pictures one by one on the correct beginning sound stick out of the four to choose from-
-I'm working on some sort of student response sheet, but for that to work....I will have to pick which four sticks you use at a time ....which I like you to be able to choose....I'll see what I can come up with-
-Clean up is easy peasy......train students to take the cards off the velcro, put cards them in the container then put sticks in their container with cards with them and you're done-
This is HANDS DOWN a favorite center of my students every year!!! ..I hope yours love it too!
Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!