Alphabet Beginning Sounds Picture Cards Sorting Activity

Reading begins with our ears. Hearing the sounds in the words we speak and sing is one of the first steps toward understanding letter/sound relationships. Rhyming, blending and segmenting syllables and phonemes (sounds), and identifying the beginning, middle and ending sounds in words are crucial literacy activities for preschoolers and kindergarteners. That is why I created this Beginning Sounds Picture Cards Sorting Activity!

Alphabet beginning sounds sorting card set

Beginning Letter Sounds in Kindergarten:

BUILDING STRONG PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS BEGINS IN PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN

IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUAL SOUNDS IN WORDS HELPS CHILDREN MAKE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ORAL LANGUAGE AND WRITTEN LANGUAGE.

Early phonological awareness includes rhyming, clapping syllables, segmenting words by each sound, and identifying initial/middle/ending alphabet sounds in words.

While it’s equally important to teach the alphabet letter names and sounds, phonemic awareness should come first.

The beauty of working on phonemic awareness skills is that it easily fits into quick transitions throughout the day. Sing the alphabet song or silly rhyming songs, ask children to repeat word pairs that begin with the same sound, or clap syllables when transitioning to “re-cess” or “lunch.”

I also like to teach kids to look in a mirror as they isolate a sound so they can see what their mouths are doing. Exaggerate sound production to help kids discern between sounds that are similar and often confusing, like /th/ in thin and /f/, or /m/ and /n/.

The beginning sounds pictures for kindergarten include header cards with upper and lower case letters A-Z and four alphabet picture cards for each letter.

Alphabet beginning sounds sorting card set

Get kids really thinking about sounds and how we produce them to further their understanding. Here are some questions to keep in mind as children sort the picture cards.

  • What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word?
  • Do you know the letter that makes that sound?
  • What other pictures/words have the same beginning sound?
  • How do you make that sound with your mouth? Tongue? Breath? Throat?
  • Can you sing/stretch that sound, or is it quick?

Materials needed for the Beginning Sounds Picture Sort:

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  • Paper (card stock or plain)
  • Printer
  • Laminator (optional)
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Alphabet beginning sounds sorting card set

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How To Use The Beginning Sounds Picture Cards

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All you need to do is print the beginning sound pictures and alphabet heading cards onto white card stock and laminate them.

Then, cut the pictures and headings apart.

Place the activity at the literacy center. Here are the steps for the learning activity:

  1. Lay all the letter activity cards on the floor.
  2. Place the picture cards in a pile.
  3. Draw a card, name the picture, and identify the first sound in the word.
  4. Find the corresponding letter and place the picture card beneath it.
  5. Repeat!

As always, there are many ways to differentiate the activity or get creative with how you use it. You might even use the letter cards to introduce the alphabet to preschool students.

Alphabet beginning sounds sorting card set

Other Ways To Use the Kindergarten Beginning Sounds Cards:

Alphabet Cards

Use the ABC cards to learn letter names and sounds, sort them by shape, or put them in ABC order.

Create a Book

Cut the printed sound picture sort pages in half and staple them into a book with one letter per page and initial sound pictures the students can flip through any time.

Letter Matching

Print a double set of letter cards for students to match the letters of the alphabet.

Sensory Bin

Teach a letter sound per week and fill the sensory bin with objects that begin with that letter.

Rhyming Skills

Put all of the pictures in a pile. Draw a card, name the picture, and then make a silly rhyme (ie., apple/bapple, or juggle/muggle).

Ending Sounds

If some of your students have mastered beginning sound activities, challenge them to identify and sort by the ending sound.

Alphabet Beginning Sounds Sorting Cards
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