Phonics Boxes are activities formatted for the boxes available at Michaels that contain 16 smaller boxes. These activities can also be stored in 6x9 brown envelopes or any other way you would like to store them. Each “box” contains a sound or syllable sort and a flashcard activity/game. The cards can also be used just as flashcards and, if laminated, you can have your students use dry erase markers to highlight phonic concepts (such as vowels, digraphs, blends, etc.) There is a title card for the front of the box or envelope and directions. I use double-sided tape to adhere them.
“HISS!” is an activity for the floss rule (doubling the f, l, s after a short vowel). It contains no blends and only short vowels. Header cards are included for f, l, and s. 24 sorting cards with the word with the f, l, s left blank are included. As students decide which letters will complete the word, they also get some really good practice trying the words with different sounds! Please note that some of the cards could go with more than one header card.
For the game “HISS!”, 30 word cards and 20 HISS cards are included – shuffle together.
Variation 1: Students take turns reading the cards. If they get a HISS card they put one card back. The student with the most cards at the end is the winner. Use less HISS cards for this variation.
Variation 2: One student reads cards until he/she gets a HISS card, then play passes to the next player. The student with the most cards at the end is the winner!