Beginning Sounds Clip Strips
Adding new items to your literacy centers is a great way to keep kids learning while they have fun! They will hardly know they are doing work while they practice fine motor skills and beginning sounds. Try these beginning sounds clip strips with your little ones.
This FREE activity comes with 26 clip strips! There is one for each letter of the alphabet. Beneath each letter are four images. The clips help students identify words that start with certain letters and those that don’t.
As students work, you will probably hear them isolating the first sounds to find the answer! As they become more proficient, they will be able to do it in their head. Either way, they will work on both their fine motor and letter sound skills.
Minimal Prep Work
The great thing about activities like this is that they require very minimal prep. All you have to do is print the cards, laminate and cut out the strips.
Then, provide students with the cards and clips, and they will be having fun in literacy centers in no time! If you don’t have clips, give the kids dry-erase markers to circle the correct answers. They can also use manipulatives to mark the sounds that match the pictures.
You can also slide a whole sheet into a write and wipe pocket and students can use dry-erase markers or manipulatives to mark the words with the correct beginning sound.
How to Set Up the Clip Strips
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- Beginning Sounds Clip Strips (link to get them at the bottom of the post)
- Cardstock or plain white paper
- Laminating sheets
- Print the beginning sounds clip strips. There are 4 strips on each page.
- Cut the strips.
- Laminate them if you wish! Then, cut around the border.
- Slide the strips, clothespins, or clips into a baggie or tray for easy storage and grab-and-go access.
Why Do Kids Need to Practice First Sounds?
Practice with phoneme isolation helps students develop phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is important because it is critical to learning to read and spell.
Identifying the first sounds in words is the first step to reading and writing. Once students master the first sounds, you can add in ending sounds and, finally, medial sounds. If students aren’t able to recognize beginning sounds in words, they will find it difficult to read and write in those early years.
If kids need help, encourage them to say the names of the images out loud while they listen to the beginning sounds. Many students are auditory learners, so this will help them clip the correct pictures.
Differentiating the Beginning Sounds Clip Strips
You can pick and choose which letters you would like your students to work on each time. Limit them to a few letters at a time or all of them – the choice is yours!
If your students are already able to identify the first sounds in words, give them lined paper to practice writing the letters. Once they clip the correct choices on the strip, they can write the letter on the paper.
Add these activities to centers or fast-finisher stations for extra practice all year long!
Click the button below to get your own copy of the beginning sounds clip strips!
Check out these other beginning sounds resources:
Beginning Sounds Letter Match Up for Google Slides and Seesaw