I am so excited because I wasn’t sure if any of my students would be ready for this step in literacy this year. We have been focusing on differentiating sounds, matching sounds, and playing with sounds with syllables, rhyming, and manipulation. At the same time, we’ve also been working on letter recognition with upper and lowercase letters. In my head, I think of these as the ingredients for a great recipe. I work on getting my students whatever ingredients they need. Some need everything, some need just a little of this or that, and when they are ready, we get cooking… but only if they are ready. This is why I love small group activities or, as I like to call them, teacher table activities. They are magic! I can call over a child or two and work on just what they need, then a few minutes later, they return to playing. My whole group activities aren’t nearly as targeted as I aim to engage everyone. I hope you can use these 36 printable phonics clip cards but don’t rush it. Start with my other printables like sound matching cards or upper and lowercase letter matching clip cards.
How to use these printable phonics clip cards
Gather your materials. You will need some clothespins, clip cards, laminating sheets, and a laminator. Buy your printable phonics clip cards here and print out as many copies as you’d like for use in your classroom.
This is a small group activity for my students. I use the cards with them to repeat the words shown in the image. This is not a quiet activity. Children should be saying the words out loud to hear the sounds.
If a child is ready for this, they have already been introduced to and shown interest in letter sounds as well as interest and knowledge of letter names, but they don’t have to have mastered both to move to this step. Place a handful of clip cards on the tray, choose some they do know mixed with some you aren’t sure if they do or know they don’t.
I will usually ask a child to identify the letter first ” What letter is this? Do you know a sound this letter makes? Can you find the picture that starts with that sound? ” Then I have the child say both the options ( for example, ice cream and butterfly) and then say which starts with that letter. “Ms. Allie, it’s ice cream, but I know what butterfly starts with, too, b!” Almost always, the child will also try to identify the initial sound of the other image as well.
In case you missed it above, where I mention having all vowel and soft c/g sounds included in this pack – I do. There are 36 phonics cards. This is the first step in phonics, so I do not have all 44 phonemes, just the basics. You may not even need to dive into the soft sounds or short vowel sounds with your students. Use the resource as it fits your students.
I like to make piles of the letter sounds that each child has mastered so I can tailor this activity for them when we repeat it. I just jot down my students’ names on post its and add the sounds they do know on it, then store that list with these clip cards in a ziplock. It’s all ready to go the next time I use it. Buy these clip cards for just $2.99 by clicking the buy now button below!
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