Who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot day?!? We certainly do, so I wanted to bring the cool fun into the classroom with some engaging ice cream themed activities. Word families are one of my favorite phonics skills to teach in Kindergarten and today, I am sharing a free, hands-on Ice Cream Sundae CVC Word Family Sort!
*Pair with our CVC Word Centers & Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Ice Cream Sundae CVC Word Family Sort
Word families are also known as “rimes” or the endings of words. Words that are in the same word family will rhyme with each other. Teaching students how to identify word families will help them when they start reading CVC words fluently. It is much easier for students to read a word when they already recognize the word family.
Word families also come in handy when students need to start spelling words. If they know how to spell “cat” and they hear the “-at” sound in “bat,” they know that bat is just cat spelled with a b. In my experience, focusing on word families really helps build strong, fluent readers!
A fun way to practice identifying word families is using picture sorts like this ice cream sundae CVC word family activity!
How to Prep
To begin, you’ll want to make sure to laminate all the word family mats and ice cream scoop pictures. This ensures durability and allows for reuse year after year.
Next, cut out your mats and ice cream scoops. Each CVC word family mat has two correct ice cream scoop matches.
That’s it! It’s ready to add to your literacy centers!
How to Play
To use this activity as a picture sort, lay out all of the word family mats so you can see each CVC word family.
I like to add the ice cream scoops to a small basket for students to pull from.
Students will pick an ice cream scoop picture piece and say the word, being sure to sound it out slowly and listen for the word family. Then, they will match the ice cream scoop picture to the correct CVC word family.
Teacher tip: Add an extra challenge for students that are ready for it by using the mats as dry erase mats. Give your students a dry erase marker and have them write down as many real words they can think of that end with that word family. This is a great option for differentiation and a fun way to practice spelling CVC words!
Grab Your FREE Copy
Are you ready to start sorting? Then grab your free copy of this Ice Cream Sundae CVC Word Family Sort by clicking on the large, yellow download button below!