I love file folder activities! All of my file folder activities can be used without using a file folder, but I prefer the file folder. You can work through them as a small group activity (which I definitely recommend), then place in a center or have students complete as you do individual data collection – plus they are easy to store! My file folder activities include various activities such as listening for sounds, completing words with sounds (use a dry erase marker or grease pencil), and/or sorting by syllable type or syllable division. Each folder activity also includes a fluency page for the back cover, and a worksheet. File folder activities have to be meaningful and I hope I have accomplished it with these activities!
For this file folder activity, students will decide which short vowel is needed to complete the word (a picture is also included), filling in the vowel with a dry erase/grease pencil and placing the card with the correct cowboy. A worksheet is included for listing the short vowel words, and marking the vowels. Additionally, a “fluency” page to be mounted on the back of the folder can be used for additional practice.