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• 10 “Punch the Ending Sound” sorting mats
• 90 REAL pictures for final sound sorting
SETUP: Print mats and cards on white cardstock/construction paper. (OPTIONAL: print words on back of picture pages by returning card pages to the printer.) Laminate all pages. Cut out cards. Time to play!
THE GAME: When I teach ending sound phonemic awareness to my kindergartners, I explain it as “punching” the ending sound—hence the name of the game! I.e., if I ask my students to tell me the ending sound in the word “grape,” I model saying the word suuuuuuuper slowly, such as “grrrrrraaaaaaaaa...” and when I arrive at the ending sound, I pretend to PUNCH the /p/... nice and LOUD!
My kiddos are so used to the punching method that it transfers easily over to this center activity. Students lay out all mats and pictures. They take turns saying each word SLOOOOOOWLY and showing their partners how to PUNCH the final sound! After producing the ending sound, the picture is placed on the correct mat and the next person takes a turn. There are ninety pictures to sort, so this activity can last a long, long time and produce lots and lots of fun and all-important practice!
My students really love it! I hope yours do, too. ☺