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.
“Monster Mash” is an activity for identifying the sound of “y” in open syllables and practice reading 2-syllable words with “y” as a vowel.
For the word sort, students will decide if the “y” says /ī/ or /ē/. The word sort is in a puzzle format. Lay out the middle part of the puzzle that says either “y” = /ī/ or “y” = /ē/. Students then place the puzzle pieces with the correct puzzle as they identify the sound “y” makes.
For the game “Monster Mash”, there are 45 word cards with pictures of monsters on them and 15 “Monster Mash” cards. Shuffle together. Students take turns reading the word cards. They are trying to collect as many different monsters as possible. If they draw a “Monster Mash” card, they have to put one card back. The winner is the student who has collected the most different monsters.