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• 10 vowel sound sorting mats
• 120 picture cards (with words) containing all 10 short and long vowel sounds
How to set up:
Print all mats and picture cards on white cardstock or construction paper. All pages can be printed in color OR gray-scale according to your preferences. Laminate all pages for durability, then cut out all picture cards. Game on!
How to play:
This is a fantastic center for my kindergartners, but would work just as well for preschoolers and first graders, too. As vowel sounds are introduced throughout the year, more and more mats and pictures are added to the center mix, making the activity more and more challenging (and fun)!
Sorting mats are set on the table. Students take turns selecting a picture, isolating its medial sound (we use the “rollercoaster” method to isolate middle sounds in my classroom; our hands start at the bottom of the track and we say the beginning sound, race up the track to the top of the hill for the middle sound, and fall back down the track to say the ending sound), and placing it on the correct mat. With 120 pictures, your students will stay BUSY and engaged as you work with small groups! Differentiation is a breeze because more or fewer mats and pictures can be given to different students so they can work at their independent levels. BONUS: this activity also helps to build vocabulary, especially for your ESL kiddos!
Have fun with your students!