Sunshine Letter Sounds Matching Activity
Phonemic awareness is a critical component of early literacy in kindergarten and first grade. Students must be able to isolate letter sounds in words. This leads to a greater understanding of decoding sounds and reading CVC words and more challenging words later on.
This digital sunshine letter sounds matching phonics activity is the perfect way for your students to practice letter sounds and isolate the sounds at the beginning, middle, and end of words. Plus, they’ll be highly engaged and having fun while learning.
Add this to your end of the year lesson plans, technology stations, literacy centers, or any summer-themed unit. You can also encourage students to complete this activity at home over the summer.
If you don’t have access to printable recording sheets, letter manipulatives, or other materials, this activity is the perfect solution. While it is digital, students will still gain fine motor practice as they drag and drop the suns on the slides, working on one-to-one correspondence.
This activity uses developmentally appropriate pictures, making it great for independent learning.
Setting Up the Sunshine 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 Sunshine 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.
Practicing Letter Sounds
Identifying letter sounds at the beginning, middle, and ending of words is a crucial skill as students learn uppercase and lowercase letters. This will allow them to hear and decode the sounds in words as they read and become exposed to more words.
This digital sunshine letter sounds matching activity gives students multiple opportunities to practice isolating the various sounds in words. This activity includes 5 slides of digital letter matching mats, 3 for beginning sounds, 1 for middle sounds, and 1 for ending sounds. Each slide has 9 pictures, giving students 45 different opportunities to apply their letter sounds skills.
On each of the digital sunshine-themed slides, students will look at the picture and determine the beginning, middle, or ending sound. Then, they’ll find the matching lowercase sunshine letter. The children will match the picture and the letter by dragging and dropping the sunshine letter tile to cover the picture. They’ll continue this until all of the pictures have been matched with a letter.
Since the directions are the same for each digital slide regardless of which sound they’re working on, students will feel confident completing this independently or at home over the summer.
Implementing the Matching Activity
This is a very versatile activity and can be used in a variety of ways to meet your students’ needs and the instructional setting you’re in.
Since there are slides covering 3 different sounds, you can assign your students to work on one type of sound at a time. This is great for differentiation as you can determine which type of sound your students need the most practice with. They can complete those slides only. As their skills improve, you can assign more slides, working up to them completing all of them.
For more of a challenge, you can mix up the slides and have your students complete them all in a random order.
To make small group instruction simple, group your students together based on skill and assign a certain number and type of slides so you can teach them at their level. As they progress, you can make it more challenging.
You can also have students complete this as a partner activity. They can each use their own device and work to see who can get 3 in a row first or completely fill their board, like a game of Bingo. This makes it extra fun for your kids.
If you do have access to paper and pencils or whiteboards and dry-erase markers, your students can write the word that matches each picture or even use it in a sentence for an additional challenge.
Ways to use the Sunshine Activity
This activity is also very versatile in the way you can use it with your students. Whether they’re learning at school or at home, they’ll benefit from using this activity.
Here a several ideas for using this activity with your students:
- Whole group skill practice.
- Mini-lesson activity.
- Small group practice.
- Reteach or extension activity.
- Technology centers.
- Literacy centers.
- Summer centers.
- Choice board or free choice activity.
- Summer school activity.
- At-home summer learning.
- Bingo game.
- Partner practice.
This summer is going to be full of fun and learning as your students practice their skills at home or at school. This activity will help them keep their skills fresh and their reading progress moving right along.
If your students are loving these digital learning activities with Google Slides and Seesaw, you can browse our collection of both literacy and math activities.
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