Short a Sound Activities and Coloring Book
This download includes 4 ideas for introducing the short a sound using the pictures included. It includes picture cards to use in a large or small group setting and as a hands-on or visual aid. Also included is a coloring book. The ten pictures include: apple, astronaut, aloe, anteater, ambulance, add, ax, ant, apricot, and alligator.
1. Print two copies on cardstock or construction paper, laminate, cut, and play a matching game. Lay all twenty apples upside down, creating a square. Have children take turns turning two cards over, trying to make matches. When a match is made, have that child keep the two cards. When all the matches have been made, the child with the most matches wins the game. Use in small groups or as a two child work for when students finish class work early.
2. Print and cut out apples. Use as an introduction to the short a sound in a large class or small group setting. For a large class setting, enlarge the apples before printing, laminate, cut, and attach to the wall or glue magnets on the back to use on a magnetic white board.
3. Make a letter tree to introduce the short a sound. Cut out the shape of a tree (not included), laminate, and attach velcro where you want apples on the branches. Print, laminate, and cut out the apples. Attach the other side of the velcro to the back side of the apples. (I used sticky velcro for this.) Attach your tree to the wall. Have students take turns velcro-ing the apples to the tree as each new short a sound word is introduced to the class. Leave the apples on the tree for the students to “play” with throughout the week. Leave your tree up and use it for a counting activity later. Use fabric leaves (from the dollar store) with velcro on the back to stick different numbers of leaves on the tree. Cut out ten circles (not included) and write the numbers 1 – 10 in the middle, laminate, and add velcro to the back. Add a spot of velcro to the middle of the tree trunk. Use a small bin for storing the apples / leaves and numbers.
4. Make a coloring book. Print the book on the following page. Cut the pages in half and staple into a book for each student. Give these as homework, just something fun to take home, a fun activity to do when class work is finished early, for morning work when students are arriving, or as part of your lesson plans.