Phonics: Trimming the Tree with A-Z
This ELAR literacy center is designed for small group intervention for Pre-K and Kindergarten. It is rich in building language and speech. Receptive vocabulary skills as well as expressive skills are targeted as students name pictures. Auditory discrimination in the initial position of words is practiced in the matching of letter sounds. Use Bingo Markers, Highlighters or crayons to mark. It is fa-la-la fun and easy learning for students.
To Prepare: #1 Copy on white cardstock, cut into the tree shape, and laminate for durability. Students will circle with a dry erase marker the pictures with the initial sound of the star letter on each tree. Students can use paper clips ( I use the small colored ones) or clothes pins to mark answers if preferred instead of the dry erase markers.
#2 Run on regular copy paper. Cut the tree shapes apart. Then use the letter trees in an order that suits your preference.
#1 Small group lessons: Give each student the same tree. I have 6 in my groups. We take turns naming the pictures on the ornaments and tell if it begins with the letter sound on the star. If it does, it is colored using crayons, bingo markers or highlighters. And if the initial sounds don’t match, it can be left alone or put an x on it. Continue this procedure of naming pictures, listening to sounds, and coloring as time allows. Allow students to cut into tree shapes at the end.
#2 In a Center/Station- Students may cut apart the 2 trees and then cut into tree shapes. Continue with the coloring of those pictures beginning with the star letter sound. Complete as many trees as time allows.