A Back to School Beginning Sound Activity
This is a great phonemic awareness activity to help the children learn the names of their classmates. The children share items they bring from home that begin with the first sound in their name. This sharing time is a good way to work on speaking and listening skills as well as learning to recognize letters and their sound. Parents are also involved with this activity. It is a awsome activity to do the first week of school.
In this pack there is a label & pictures for each letter of the alphabet and the digraphs th, ch, sh, & wh. Pictures for the long vowels, hard & soft sound of g & c are included. Also pictures for the a sound as in Amanda and for names that begin with Ar. A letter to parents explaining the activity and a name plate are also included.
I first have each child find their name plate in a pocket chart. After each child has their card, I ask them to point to the first/beginning letter in their name. You may need to talk about first or beginning, depending on your class. I then call on each child to tell me what sound and letter their name begins with. They then give me the sentence to write on a chart. (K is for Kenidee.) I ask the class if they can think of any other words that begin with the /k/ sound. After each child has given their sentence, we read the chart together. The next day we do the activity.
Name Bag Activity
Each child will have the bag label with the letter that begins their name on it. They will write their name on the line and cut out the label. Then they will cut out the pictures. I have my children glue 3 – 4 pictures on the label. They can glue the remaining pictures on the back of the bag. The label will be glued on the front of the bag.
I explain to them that they will take the bag home and place 3 – 6 things in their bag that begin with the SOUND that the first letter in their name makes. I tell them that some letters make more than one sound, so to make sure their items begin with the sound their letter makes. I give them examples of letters that make more than one sound. They are told that a letter will go home to their parent explaining what they are to do. I then show them my bag that I have made using my name. (Sally) I ask them what they think may be in my bag. I remind them that the things must start with /s/. I then show them the things I have brought.
The next day the children bring their bags back. We review what a good speaker and a good listener do. The children will then share their bag. The child will begin by showing their bag and saying, “K is for Kenidee, kitten, kite, and kangaroo. K says /k/. Let’s see what else begins with /k/.” They take each item out, tell what it is and give the beginning sound and letter. Or, you can have the child give clues as to what is in their bag for the children to guess. This will help the children learn what sound the letter makes because they know their answer has to begin with that sound. You can write the names of the items the children bring by their sentence on the chart.