This activity is perfect for small group work or an independent center. Print and laminate the train mats and letter tiles. After cutting out the letter tiles for each train set, store them in a plastic bag or small container. Each set is color coded to help keep them organized. (The train engines in each set are a different color, and the letter tiles for each set have the same color border as the engines.) For each set, there is a worksheet for children to write the words they made on the trains. There are 4 train sets, a set of letter tiles for each set, and 4 worksheets for short a words.
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Teacher Tip: It would be helpful to the children to make sure they recognize the pictures. For example, make sure they know that the picture is “jam”, and not “jelly”.