Beach Letter Sound Isolation Mats Free Printable

Students will practice phoneme isolation in a hands-on way when you use these beach theme letter sound mats for phonics instruction.

Free printable beach theme letter sound isolation mats for learning to isolate sounds in simple CVC words. Perfect for phonics centers and Science of Reading lessons.

Free Printable Beach Letter Sound Isolation Mats

Grab these beach theme letter sound mats for engaging practice with phoneme isolation. Students will use the mats to practice isolating beginning sounds, middle sounds and ending sounds while matching the letter that makes that sound.

Learning to isolate and identify letter sounds is a crucial phonetic skill that students need to know to move on to the next reading phase.

This phonics activity comes with 5 color mats – 3 for beginning sounds, 1 for middle sounds and 1 for ending sounds. Students will practice short vowel CVC words on the middle sounds mats.

Each mat features a fun beach theme and 9 pictures to practice isolating sounds. The pictures are kid-friendly and can easily be identified by young students.

These summer letter sound mats give students a hands-on, fun way to practice phoneme isolation. They will develop critical phonemic awareness skills and phonics skills as they match the correct letter to the picture that matches the letter sound.

Summer theme letter sound isolation phonics activity for phonics lessons in kindergarten and first grade. Great for Science of Reading instruction.

Simple Phonics Activity!

These summer letter sound isolation mats are very easy to prep and utilize.

Simply print, laminate, and go! Instead of laminating, you can also slide the mats into a write-and-wipe pocket for added durability.

There are three different beginning sound mats with nine pictures each. Then one mat for middle sounds and another for final sounds. All 26 letters of the alphabet are present.

All you need for this activity are a set of letter tiles, magnetic letters, letter beads, or any other alphabet manipulative you have.

For easy storage, put the letter sound mats in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray for easy grab-and-go access. When you are done with the mats for the season, simply store them with your seasonal activities.

A free printable letter sound isolation phonics activity for kids in kindergarten and first grade.

Setting Up the Beach Phoneme Isolation Mats

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Supplies needed:

  • Beach letter sound matching mats (button to access them at the bottom of the post)
  • Letter tiles or another letter manipulative
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)


  1. Print the mats.
  2. Laminate or slide into write and wipe pockets.
  3. Gather letter tiles or letter manipulative of your choice.
  4. Store the entire activity in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray.
A beach theme letter sound isolation phonemic awareness phonics activity for kindergarten and first grade.

Practice with Phonemic Awareness and Phonics

For this activity, students will look at a picture on the mats. They will then isolate the beginning sound, middle or ending sound of the word and determine what letter makes that sound.

Next, they will take the correct letter manipulative and cover the picture with the manipulative, matching the letter and the sound.

Students can take these beach letter sounds mats a step further by saying the word aloud, stating the beginning sound, and which letter makes that sound.

You could even provide students with a recording sheet and have them write both the uppercase letter and lowercase letter represented by each sound.

A hands-on phonemic awareness letter sound isolation resource for kids who are learning to read.

Differentiated Phonics Instruction

Your students should begin working with beginning sounds letter recognition and isolation. There are 3 different mats to help them master this skill. Once they are showing signs of mastery with beginning sounds, they can move onto middle and ending sounds.

You can differentiate instruction by giving students only beginning sound, middle sound, or ending sounds mats. As they progress, they can work on all of the mats. There are 5 mats in all.

Students will be applying phonemic awareness skills to determine the letter sounds and phonics skills to find the matching letter.

One way you can differentiate this activity for students ready for a challenge is by laying all of the mats out. Students can draw a mat and complete it OR they can draw a letter tile and find a picture that has that letter sound, either on the beginning, middle, or ending sounds mats.

This is a fun way to add a twist to the activity and make students’ brains work in a different way. Students can use this as a partner activity, working as a team to complete the mats.

An additional way you can use this activity to teach letters and sounds is to have students practice letter formation by writing the letters they use or forming them with play dough.

They could even write the word of the picture on a recording sheet and use it in a sentence. The opportunities with these phoneme isolation mats are endless!

A free printable letter sound isolation phonemic awareness activity for kids.

I hope these summer alphabet activity mats are just what you need to engage your students and help them master phoneme isolation.

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