Bee Beginning Sounds Sort Activity
Are your students working hard to master their beginning sounds in kindergarten and first grade? This digital bee beginning sounds sort activity is going to be a hit with your students. This activity will allow them to practice with a hands-on element without needing printable picture sorting mats or picture cards.
Add this engaging activity to your digital learning lessons or technology literacy centers for meaningful phonemic awareness skill practice. Students will work on identifying the beginning sounds in words and sorting the pictures that begin with each initial sound.
This bee-themed activity has 26 slides for students to practice with to give them an opportunity to work with each letter of the alphabet. Each slide has 5 kid-friendly pictures for them to sort. They will find the 3 pictures that begin with the same beginning sound. Vowel slides include short and long vowel pictures as well.
This activity is perfect for whole group practice, mini lessons, small groups or centers, or even an independent learning activity for students to do at school or at home.
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Setting Up the Bee Beginning Sounds Sort Activity in Google Slides
Students may use Google Slides™ to do this activity.
The download file includes a detailed guide with instructions and pictures on how to use this activity with your students, but it is quite simple to do.
If you are an instructor or teacher, you will want to copy the Google Slides assignment to your Google Drive and save it as a master copy.
Make sure that you click the dropdown next to the attachment. Pick the “Make a copy for each student” option.
Setting Up the Beginning Sound Picture Sort Activity in Seesaw
Students can also use this activity in Seesaw, if you would like.
You will click the Seesaw specific link in the download file. When you arrive at the activity, you will need to click the “Save Activity” button. Then you will assign the activity to your students.
This is a 2-part Seesaw activity, so there are 2 separate links for each part.
Mastering Beginning Sounds
Mastering beginning sounds is a critical phonemic awareness skill for students in the early elementary grades. As students are able to hear and isolate the beginning sounds in words, this helps them to sound out words, break words down into smaller phonemes, and change the beginning sounds in words to make new words.
On each of the digital slides, students will look at the letter of focus. Then, they’ll look at the 5 pictures and determine which 3 pictures begin with that letter’s beginning sound. Students will drag and drop those pictures into the 3 clouds in the sky next to the bee. There will be 2 pictures that don’t belong on each slide, which encourages critical thinking and reasoning skills as well.
The directions are consistent for all 26 slides, making this activity great for little learners. You can incorporate this bee beginning sounds sort activity in many ways throughout your day, including:
- Whole group practice.
- Mini-lesson activity.
- Small group practice.
- Literacy centers.
- Intervention or extension activity.
- Technology centers.
- Digital homework (at school or at home).
- Informal assessment.
- Early finisher activity.
- Choice board or free choice activity.
- Distance learning option.
- Spring learning activity.
Ways to Differentiate the Sorting Activity
This activity can easily be tweaked to meet the needs of all of your students. If you have students just starting off with beginning sounds, you can assign fewer slides to begin. They can work on letters A-M to begin before adding on N-Z. You can assign as few or as many slides as you’d like.
If you have students struggling with certain sounds, such as vowel sounds, you can remove all of the consonants and assign only vowel sound slides.
To challenge your students, you can mix up the slides so all 26 slides are in a random order instead of alphabetical order. This will make them think in a new way.
When splitting your students into small groups or center rotations, you can group students based on skill and assign a differentiated set of slides to each group. You can also mix up your groups by including a peer model in each group to help lead and coach other students.
I can’t wait for your students to try this digital bee beginning sounds activity. They’ll be mastering their beginning sounds and moving on to tougher phonemic awareness skills in no time.
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