If you’re teaching alphabet sounds and are looking for a fun hands-on activity you might be interested in these activities.
These alphabet sorting mats focus on every letter of the alphabet. They’re useful for file folder games, literacy centres or for working with certain letters in a small group.
If I am working with a small group I usually focus on about six letters at a time (e.g. SATPIN). Then I ask the children to say the name of each letter and the sound it makes. Next, we take turns choosing a picture from the middle of the table and identifying which mat it belongs to. For example, a student might say “apple starts with /a/” and then they would place the picture on the “Aa” mat. Once finished, I sometimes brainstorm other words that start with the same sound or discuss the different pictures to extend vocabulary.
The mats come with words as an optional extra. It is useful to orally segment and blend each word so that the children can try to listen to the different sounds inside each word. For example, break down cat into c-a-t sounds and then say the sounds together quickly.
If you are interested in getting this set of alphabet sound mats they are available here.