Phonics: Digraphs and Sneaky e Word Practice
Santa Hat Fun
This ELAR Center is perfect for students in kindergarten and first grade. It is designed to be used in small groups as well as a phonics-word work center in a classroom. The first focus is on the digraphs: ch, sh, th, and wh. The second focus is on discriminating between CVC and CVCe words. Both objectives are wrapped up in Santa Hat fun activities for the students to enjoy as they work! Thanks for looking at this product. I have included all the ways to use it in the description below. Merry Christmas to you and your students!
To Prepare: Make one copy of each page on cardstock for durability. Laminate and cut all hats and balls along the thin black lines leaving the hats and balls into rectangles. Also cut the four little mice along the black lines or right next to them. Leave them in the rectangle shape also.
To Organize: Sort the four digraphs into 4 baggies. Inside each of these bags put the matching digraph balls. Glue the cover and the Santa Hats Digraph list on a brown envelope. After cutting the 32 CVC and 32CVCe sight word flashcards apart put in a baggie and keep inside the brown envelope too with the digraph sets.
Digraph Santa Hat To Use in a Center/Small Group: (One option is to use the small velcro coins on the back of the digraph balls and in the middle of the ball on the digraph picture flashcard.) Students need to recognize the sound heard on the picture, find the ball with the digraph letters and place on the Santa hat. Teachers are able to differentiate by controlling the number of hats and kinds of digraphs used at the center. Sort 2 digraphs, then 3, and finally all 4. Start with 5 of each kind and then finally use all 10.
CVC and CVCe Santa Hat To Use in a Center/Small Group: Students get a Santa hat flashcard. They need to read it as a CVC word and then place an e ball on top of it and reread it changing the vowel to the long sound. (velcro coins can be attached to the balls but aren’t necessary.)
Match Game-Small Group/Center: Divide into CVC and CVCe sets. Lay one set on the table or in the chart. Students take turns to make matches by picking a card from the set not used. This set could be put in a real Santa Hat from a dollar store or a cute Christmas container. A match will be made on every turn; visual discrimination comes into play now. The students will need to read both word cards. This matching activity doesn’t have a winner. It’s not a game.
Where Is Santa Mouse? Game Lay either the CVC or the CVCe words or both on a table or in a pocket chart. Hide the small Santa Mice cards under different flashcards. Students take turns picking and reading the words. If the word is read correctly, the student keeps the card but if it is misread it stays on the table or in the chart. Students who find Santa Mouse behind words they read correctly are rewarded with another turn or a sticker. (teacher choice). Game is over when all the words are gone. The winner is the one with the most cards. Always discard the Santa Mouse when it is turned over.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Game- Put all the flashcard words in a Dollar Store Santa Hat. Students pick a card to read, on their turn. Whenever Santa Mouse is found, the student says “Ho! Ho! Ho!” and gets another turn.(Lay the Mouse card aside). Misread words are put back into the Santa Hat. The winner is the one with the most cards at the end or when time is up!