Flower Letter Sounds Matching Activity
Phoneme isolation is a key early literacy skill. As students build their letter recognition and letter sounds skills, they work hard to master key phonemic awareness skills. These skills will help students break down the sounds in words. This will lead them to decoding and sounding out CVC words.
Your students will have a ton of spring-themed fun with this flower letter sounds matching activity. This activity is perfect for a technology center, spring centers, or as a digital learning activity. It is especially great if you don’t have access to printable flowers or manipulatives.
As they practice with this digital flower letter sound matching game, students will isolate sounds at the beginning, middle, and ending of words. They’ll get to work on each sound as there are 5 different mats covering various sounds. There are 3 beginning sound flower mats, 1 middle sound mat, and 1 ending sound mat. Each mat has 9 pictures each, giving students several opportunities to practice.
The pictures included are kid-friendly, so your students, especially in kindergarten, can complete this independently and with success.
This activity can be used with preschool students who are ready for this phonemic awareness skill or first grade students who need a bit more reinforcement with letter sounds and sound isolation.
Setting Up the Flower Letter Sounds 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 Letter Matching 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.
Mastering Letter Sounds
The ability to isolate letter sounds at the beginning, middle, and ending of words is a vital phonemic awareness skill for young students to master. This skill allows them to hear each sound in words individually, thus, helping them break down and decode the sounds in words. This leads to blending sounds and in turn, reading!
On each of the digital flower garden matching mats, students will look at the picture and determine the beginning, middle, or ending sound. Then, they’ll find the matching lowercase letter flower and drag and drop it to cover the picture. They’ll continue this until all of the pictures have been matched with a letter.
To make this activity easy to use and explain, each of the 5 mats have the same directions. The only thing that changes is the beginning, middle, or ending sound. Students can work on 1 sound or mix and match the mats.
Since the directions are simple and straightforward, this activity is perfect to add to your independent work stations, literacy centers, or early finisher activities all spring long.
There are many other ways to use this digital letter sounds matching activity as well, including:
- Whole group skill practice.
- Mini-lesson activity.
- Small group practice.
- Reteach or extension activity.
- Technology centers.
- Digital homework (at school or at home).
- Informal assessment.
- Choice board or free choice activity.
- Distance learning option.
- Bingo game.
- Partner practice.
Options for Differentiating the Flower Activity
Just as there are many ways to use this activity in lessons, there are many options to differentiate this activity. These options will make it work for all of your students’ needs and skill levels.
Of course, with 3 different sounds to choose from, your students can focus on either beginning, middle, or ending sounds. As they progress, they can work on more letter sound mats until they’ve mastered them all.
Students may struggle with isolating a certain sound. You can easily assign those specific mats to help them master that skill. For example, a student who struggles to hear the middle vowel sound in words may need extra practice with the middle sounds mat.
You can group your students according to the skill or sound they need to practice. This makes it easy to plan your small group activities. You can have a group of students working on beginning sounds mats, a group on ending sounds, and a group working on mixed practice.
Students can also work with a partner on this flower activity. They can coach each other through the activity. This allows them to work on the skill in a different way as they take on that peer model role.
If you have students who are soaring and need a real challenge, you can have them write the uppercase and lowercase letter of each sound on a whiteboard so they can practice connecting the sounds to the written letter.
You can even challenge them to decode and write the word on a whiteboard or use letter manipulatives to build the flower word in a hands-on way after completing the digital activity.
I can’t wait for your students to practice this spring with these digital flower letter sounds matching mats. They’ll be mastering those phonemic awareness skills and decoding words in no time!
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