Drive and Learn Hands-On Math and Literacy Center Activities

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    Bundle up and save with these engaging road themed activities! With these activities students can practice letter recognition of capital and lowercase letters, beginning sounds, alliteration, number recognition, counting sets, and reading CVC words. The variety of skills in this set makes it easy to differentiate activities and can be used in your classroom all year long! All 3 of these activities are perfect for a transportation theme or can be used as fun, hands-on practice any time during small group, centers, or morning work!

    *Letter ID and Beginning Sounds*

    Included in this activity:

    ♦ Capital letter "roads" A-Z for students to drive on & practice letter formation

    ♦ Capital Letter Matching Cards to practice letter ID (A-Z)

    ♦ Lowercase Letter Matching Cards to practice letter ID (A-Z)

    ♦ Two different Beginning Sound Picture Cards (for each letter of the alphabet) so that students can practice beginning sounds and alliteration

    Ways to differentiate this activity:

    ♦ For students who are working on capital letter ID and writing letters, provide them with the large letter road cards, small capital letter cards, a toy vehicle, and something to write on (paper, dry erase board, sand, shaving cream, etc.). Instruct students to trace the letter with the car, write the letter, and find the matching letter card.

    ♦ For students practicing capital and lowercase letter ID and writing, follow the steps above but also include lowercase letter cards.

    ♦ For students practicing beginning sounds or alliteration, provide them with the large letter cards, a toy vehicle, and the picture (car) cards. Students can either drive the toy vehicle and match the beginning sound cards or drive the cars with the correct beginning sound on the letter.

    ♦ Students can also practice putting letters in ABC order and driving across the alphabet.

    *Drive and Count*

    Included in this activity:

    ♦ Number "roads" 1-20 for students to drive on & practice number formation

    ♦ Counting Car Cards to practice counting sets 1-20

    Students can use this activity to practice:

    ♦ Number formation (writing the numbers)

    ♦ Identifying numbers 1 -20

    ♦ Counting objects with 1:1 correspondence

    ♦ Cardinality

    ♦ Number order

    *Drive and Read CVC Words*

    Included in this activity:

    ♦ 36 CVC word "roads"

    ♦ 36 picture cards (1 for each CVC word)

    How to use this activity:

    ♦ Provide students with word and picture cards as well as a toy car. You can have them practice words with a certain medial sound, word families, or just a mixture of random words!

    ♦ Instruct students to trace each letter of the word with their toy car and say the letter sound as they drive across the letter.

    ♦ After students have driven across each letter and made the sound, they will drive across the road at the bottom to blend the sounds together and say the word.

    ♦ Students will then find the truck with the picture card that has that word and match it to the word road.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
    Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
    Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
    Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
    Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.


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