So... we meet again! Two times in one week... how awesome is that? Tonight I wanted to share with you a few instructional activities that can be used in your small groups. There is nothing fancy about what I am about to show it's actually quite the opposite. I have found that these activities are simple enough you can prepare them on the spot.
|Opps ... I made a mistake on the "Q" it should have a lowercase "q" instead of a "u."|
I have a few students who are still learning their alphabet. This is one of the activities that I use to help them make letter sound connections. I found these alphabet tubs at LakeShore and although they are a little pricy I broke down and purchased them. I am so glad that I did because I use them in my small groups, centers, and during instruction. As you can see in the picture, I write down the letter on a sentence strip and cut it like a puzzle. My students match uppercase to lowercase letters. Next, I give them a toy from a tub and they have to place it on the letter that has the same beginning sound. These cards are taken home in their nightly book bags for a little extra practice.
Here is a simple way to have your students practice sentence structure and conventions. I have my students choose a sentence from their book or write their own. I copy it on a sentence strip and cut it out like a puzzle for them to take home and practice putting it back together.
Word rings are an important staple in my small groups. Each child has a ring that they take home each night and read. High frequency words are gradually added to their words rings.
I use Post it notes to practice beginning and ending sounds. Each child in my group will have two Post it notes in front of them. I say a word and they have to slap the Post it that has the correct placement of the sound. If I say "ham" they would have to slap the Post it on the right that represents the ending sound.
Here is another tool I use to practice beginning, middle, and ending sounds. With this activity I will say a word and they have to stretch the word while they are writing it. Then I have them point to the beginning, middle, and ending sounds. This is an open ended activity that you can change to suit your needs. At the beginning of the year I used this activity to practice letters and sounds.
These alphabet cards are from Hooked on Phonics. I used these to review letter names and sounds at the beginning of the year. I am still using these cards with my group that still needs alphabet practice.
I would love to hear what you think! Please make a comment or two! Don't forget to follow my blog ... I was excited to see I have seven followers woo hoo!