Fall is here and that means apples activities galore in Kindergarten! In September, we have a whole week filled with apple themed activities and lessons. Today, I am going to share with you a fun apple beginning sound match that will be perfect for your kids this fall!
*Pair this with our Apple Centers for even more apple-themed fun!
Apple Beginning Sound Match
This matching game is perfect as a whole group activity, reading center, or as a quick informal assessment.
There are a few different ways to play, but first you will need to prep this activity.
First, print these apple cards. I like to laminate them for durability, so I can use them for a few years!
You will need to cut the cards in half, down the middle black line. Now, you’re ready to play!
The first way to play is as a whole group activity using a pocket chart.
I put all of the letter cards in the pocket chart facing out, while the picture cards are in a pile, facedown.
Have a student come to the front and pick a card from the pile. They will look at the picture and isolate the beginning sound, matching the picture to the letter in the pocket chart.
*Related Resource: Beginning Sound Centers
A great way to differentiate is to have your students use that word in a complete sentence.
My students will first say the word, then say the beginning sound, and last, use it in a sentence.
For example, if a student picks up the fish card, they would say “fish, f, The fish can swim.” This helps integrate a little beginning writing practice in your phonics lesson!
Another way is to use this matching game as a center activity.
This time, the cards will all go face-down in rows. Students will take turns picking up two cards and deciding if it is a match or not.
If it is a match, they get to keep the pair! If it is not a match, then they will put the cards back where they found them.
Once all the cards have been matched, the student with the most cards is the winner!
Grab Your Copy
I hope your students enjoy this apple-themed beginning sound match! Grab your copy by clicking the yellow button at the end of this post.
Then, hop over and grab our Apple Ten Frame Puzzles!