This is a fun and easy center or small group activity. To prep, fill a tray with sand, colored sand, or salt. To make it more fun, add some cinnamon or glitter and mix it up. Print and laminate the CVC writing tray cards. There are 12 cards for short a, e, i, o, and u. There are also some words with 4 sounds instead of 3 to add a higher level for differentiation. Students choose a card, then read it and write it with their finger or an unsharpened pencil in the sand/salt. Students continue until they have written all the words. There is also a recording sheet for documentation.
Short a list - Tam, tap, pat, cat, map, Nat, cap, sat, Nan, pan, am, man
Short e list - set, met, pet, men, ten, net, sent, tent, pest, nest, test, pep
Short i list - Tim, tip, pit, sip, tin, pin, nip, sit, spit, pip, in, spin
Short o list - Tom, top, pot, cot, mop, not, cop, spot, tot, pop, on, mom
Short u list - pun, sun, nun, cut, up, cup, spun, sup, pup, stun, us, pups
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