Soccer Ball Sorts are word sorts with a twist! A dash of randomness and competition has been added to make them more fun. They can be used in one-on-one instruction, or with a classroom divided into teams.
This set includes vowel teams that are often (but not always) long, and diphthongs, which make (mostly) new sounds.
Print the vowel team and diphthong phonograms page, and cut out around the borders so there is two of each. Print the soccer field. The same field can be used for each sort; just choose either the vowel team phonograms set for a vowel team sort, or the diphthong phonograms for the diphthong sort. Place one of the pattern chosen to work on at each end of the soccer fields.
Print the set of soccer balls that you wish to use. The set with borders can be cut out, or the other set can be punched out with a one inch circle punch. Each vowel set can be stored in zip lock bags.
Divide into two teams and choose an end of the field which will be the goal for the team. (If two are playing, just choose which end of the field will be the goal for each person.) Select the field and set of soccer ball words that match the pattern you wish to practice. Mix the soccer ball words well and place in a container. Take turns drawing a soccer ball word and reading the word. If the word is read correctly, it counts as a score for the team. If the vowel pattern has already been matched, set it in a discard pile after it is read. If a yellow skip soccer ball is drawn, the turn is skipped. If a yellow swipe soccer ball is drawn, a soccer ball from the other team may be swiped. The game ends when all words have been drawn, and the winner is the one with the most soccer balls.