Valentine’s Day Letter Sounds Matching Activity
What better way to make working on letter sounds fun that with an engaging Valentine’s Day-themed digital activity? As students work on isolating and manipulating the beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words, they need a lot of practice hearing the different sounds. This is a big step on the way to blending sounds and reading CVC words.
This digital Valentine’s Day letter sounds matching activity is a lot of fun for kids and will reinforce those important letter-sound skills. Incorporate this Valentine’s phonics activity into your lesson plans all month long for a ton of engaging letter sound practice.
With these digital Valentine’s Day letter sound matching mats, your students will get to practice working on beginning sounds, middle sounds, and ending sounds. There are 5 mats total, 3 Valentine beginning sounds mats, 1 middle sound mat, and 1 ending sound mat. Each mat has 9 different pictures, so your students will have several opportunities to work on sounds on each mat.
This letter sounds matching activity is perfect for students in kindergarten and first grade. It can be differentiated to work with preschool students who are ready for a challenge as well. Since this activity is digital, it is great for learning at school and at home.
Setting Up the Valentine’s Day 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 Letters and Sounds
On each Valentine’s Day alphabet mat, students will use their phonemic awareness skills to look at the picture and determine the sound of focus. They’ll match the correct lowercase letter of the alphabet to the picture. Instead of a magnetic letter, students will use digital Valentine cupcake letters, bringing the excitement up a notch.
Once students learn how to play the letter sounds game, they’ll be able to use all 5 mats and match letters without having to ask for directions. They’ll be independent and confident in their skills. Therefore, this is a perfect letter sounds center or independent practice activity during the month of February.
There are a lot of different ways to use this Valentine’s Day activity in your classroom or via digital learning with your students. It can be used for:
- Whole group practice.
- Mini-lesson activity.
- Small group practice.
- Literacy centers.
- Guided reading groups.
- Intervention or extension activity.
- Technology centers.
- Independent practice activity.
- Digital homework (at school or at home).
- Informal assessment.
- Early finisher activity.
- Choice board or free choice activity.
- Distance learning option.
- Valentine’s Day bingo activity.
Differentiating the Valentine’s Day Letter Matching Activity
Since this activity contains 5 different mats, 3 beginning sounds, 1 middle sound, and 1 ending sound, there are several options for differentiating this activity!
It is a good practice to start your students with the Valentine’s Day beginning sound mats. This will help them isolate the first sound they hear in words. As they grasp the concept, they can move on to isolating middle and ending sounds. As you observe your students, pay attention to which type of sound they need the most practice with. You can assign more of that sound for them to work on.
Eventually, they will be completing all of the mats with confidence! You can even have them practice in small groups or with a partner to help challenge and coach each other through.
For students who have completed all 5 mats successfully and are ready to take on a challenge, you can mix up the order of the mats, have them choose one, and complete it. There is so much power in letting students choose, which increases motivation.
If you have students who are needing even more of a challenge, you can give them Valentine heart shaped cutouts and have them write the word of the picture on the hearts. This is a fun alternative to a recording sheet.
Since this activity doesn’t use uppercase letters, another option is to have students write the lowercase and matching uppercase letter for each picture on a heart shaped cutout.
There are so many learning possibilities with this digital Valentine’s Day letter sounds matching activity. Your students will love working with sounds and growing their skills all month long. Before you know it, they’ll be reading CVC words, adding beginning blends, and reading fluently.
If your students are loving these digital activities using Google Slides and Seesaw, check out our collection of digital activities for both math and literacy.
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