Sound boxes are a great way for emergent readers to practice the sound each letter makes. This is the first step in being able to sound out words in order to read them. This sound box and picture card set includes 2, 3, 4, and 5 word sound box work mats and picture cards containing 2, 3, 4, or 5 sounds.
Students will select a 2, 3, 4, or 5 sound box work mat. Place 2, 3, 4, or 5 manipulatives, such as chips, counters, or cubes, on the circles below the sound boxes. He or she will then take a picture card and place it in the box at the top of their work mat. Next, he or she will say the word aloud and slide the chip, counter, or cube into the appropriate box based on the number of sounds they hear. To differentiate, you may ask students questions such as, "What sound do you hear in the third box?" "What letter makes that sound?" "What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word?" "What vowel sound do you hear?" "Is this a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound?" "How do you know?" "How would we write it?"
After laminating these mats, you may also have your students write the letter of each sound they hear in each box with a dry erase marker or vis-a-vis marker.
Common Core Standards
RF.K.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
RF.1.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).