When it comes to building a foundation for reading success, there is no doubt that it is a multi-faceted undertaking. One of the key elements is developing phonemic awareness. In today’s activity we’re practicing listening for the sound at the beginning of words. In the past we’ve focused on initial consonant sounds, but today we’re going to help kids practice listening for digraphs. In this activity, we’re isolating the beginning digraph sounds children hear in words. Your students will practice identifying the beginning digraph sound in a set of pictures and sort the pictures by the beginning digraph.
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This Beginning Digraph Phonemic Awareness Picture Sort can be done whole group using a pocket chart, in small groups as part of skill practice, or in your literacy center for additional independent practice.
I recommend doing the picture sort first in whole group to make sure your children are familiar with the vocabulary. Once they’ve done it once or twice, you can repeat it in small groups or centers.
Game cards can be placed in a bag or face down in a stack so kids can draw them at random.
There is also an optional recording sheet for kids to use as a review once they’ve finished the sound sort activity.
An answer key has been provided to see the words associated with each picture. The answer keys can be put on a binder ring so kids can check their work once they have finished the sort.
The recording sheet is a handy tool to help teachers see how children are doing with the concept so they can decide if additional practice is needed.
More information about teaching digraphs can be found here.
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All four games can be downloaded in Google Slides or Seesaw, based on your preference.
These digital games can be used for:
- Distance learning
- Tablet or computer center options in the classroom
- Whole group practice via a class projection device
- Small group instruction with or without technology (printable pages are included)
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.