Looking for an engaging way to practice beginning blends this winter? Your students will love this digital North Pole blends sort activity!
Digital North Pole Blends Sort Activity
During the winter months, students are working hard to master phonics skills as they begin sounding out words. Beginning consonant blends are a key literacy skill this time of year.
This digital North Pole blends activity is a fun way for students to practice listening for blends in words and identifying words that begin with particular blends.
This North Pole-themed word sort activity is developmentally appropriate for kindergarten, first, and even second-grade students. This activity helps students build on their beginning sounds isolation skills.
As students sort the beginning blends on each page, they will use their critical thinking and letter-sound skills to determine the pictures that have each beginning blend.
Setting Up the North Pole Blends 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 a 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 North Pole Blends 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 Beginning Blennds
This digital North Pole blends sort activity is a fun addition to your winter lesson plans. The North Pole theme will excite your students and bring a ton of fun to the classroom, whether in person or virtual!
In this activity, students will work with 15 different beginning consonant blends. They will identify the 3 pictures on each slide that begin with the blend shown on the screen. They will drag and drop to sort the pictures accordingly into the boxes. There are 5 pictures on each slide, so students will use their critical thinking skills to determine which 2 do not begin with the blend.
This activity gives students several meaningful opportunities to work with beginning blends and word sorting. As students determine the words on each slide, they will also be expanding their vocabulary and becoming more comfortable with bigger words. There are a mix of short and long vowel words.
This activity can be used with a range of grade-levels and skills. Some students may be fluent with beginning blends while others are still working to grasp the concept. This activity allows for more structure if needed and can also be made more challenging for students.
Some different ways to differentiate with this word sorting activity are:
- Assign fewer slides to make this activity a bit easier.
- Assign certain blends, such as /s/ blends, to hone in on the skill further.
- Challenge students to complete all slides if they are ready.
- Mix up the slides for a challenge.
- Have students say the words of the pictures out loud.
- Have students identify the beginning blend of the 2 words that do not belong.
This phonics activity can be used in a variety of ways with your students. Some different settings and ways to use this word sorting activity are:
- Whole group practice activity.
- Mini-lesson follow-up activity.
- Small group game.
- Guided reading groups.
- Winter literacy centers.
- Independent practice.
- Morning work.
- Early finishers.
- Distance learning.
- Technology center.
- At-home learning.
- Time-filler activity.
- Winter-break learning challenge.
I hope your students enjoy the magic of learning with this digital North Pole blends sort activity! They will have fun learning and growing into young readers all winter long!
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Click the button below to get the Digital North Pole Blends Sort activity for Google Slides and Seesaw.