Looking for a unique and fun way to explore letters and sounds?!?! Send home the "Letter Box" and ask that particular student to bring in three-five items that begin with that letter/sound. Real-life examples are so much more meaningful than looking at pictures or cards!
The kiddos absolutely LOVE bringing home the "Letter/Sound Box" and sharing their items with the class! As we share these items in the beginning of the year, we focus on initial sounds and try to guess the "Letter Box" letter. We also clap out the syllables for each item. I normally keep the items at school for a few days, and then send the items home inside a plastic bag so that the next student can take home the box.
Now, there are times when students bring in items that don't quite fit that sound. For example, I had a student bring in a gab of Cheez-its for the letter Cc. I used this as a real quick teaching moment to let the students know the difference between the /c/ sound and the /ch/ sound. This doesn't happen very often, but it gave me a great idea for using the "Letter Box" as a "Sound Box" for digraphs, blends and chunks later in the year!
If you'd like to begin a "Letter/Sound Box" in your room, download the freebie for the labels and notes!
*** To see pictures and read more about it, check out my blog post! ***
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