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Fall is here and that means apples 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 and free Apple Beginning Sound Match that will be perfect for your kids to practice their letter sounds this fall!
*Pair this with our Apple Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Apple Beginning Sound Match
This matching game is perfect for both Pre-K and Kindergarten as a whole group activity, literacy center, or even as a quick informal assessment. It’s hands-on, easy to prep, and super versatile!
How to Prep
There are a couple different ways to play this beginning sound match, but first you will need to prep this activity.
You will need to cut the cards in half, down the middle black line. That’s it – now, you’re ready to play!
Ways 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, face down.
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.
A great way to differentiate is to have your students also use that word in a complete sentence. My students 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 is a great way to integrate some beginning writing practice into your phonics lesson!
Another way to use this beginning sound matching game is 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!
No matter how you play, your students will love practicing their beginning sounds this fall with this fun, apple-themed activity!
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