The word sorts in this 5-part product are in the letter-name-alphabetic stage. The words to be sorted are actually presented in a simple picture. Students say the name of the picture and then focus on matching initial consonant sounds to letters. Some students will be able to sort all four sounds, while other children may need to start with just two sounds. This activity allows you to differentiate to meet students’ needs.
This activity is aligned to the following Common Core State Standards:
RF.K.3 - Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
RF.K.3.a - Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
In each section, four or five consonants, are presented on headers with a picture that starts with that sound. In addition, there are four pictures beginning with each sound. The students will be instructed to match initial consonant sounds to letters.
A key has also been provided to let children check their own work.
Suggestions for Use:
Students place the headings on their desk or a table and place the corresponding picture card below the heading.
Make it into a folder activity by gluing the headings inside a folder and putting the picture cards in a pocket. You may glue the product cover on the front of the folder for easy identification.
Put magnetic tape on the back of all the pieces and have the child complete the activity on the side of a filing cabinet.
Place the headings in the top row of a pocket chart and students will place the corresponding picture card below the heading.
The letter grouping and sequence of presentation was suggested in the book, Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, by Donald Bear and others.