When my twins started kindergarten, they were so proud of their new big kid backpacks. Finally, after several years of watching their older brother trek off to school with his, they got to pick out their own. It was a BIG deal! So, with that excitement in mind, I created this backpack themed letter sound activity. This Back to School Beginning Sound Sort Activity gives students practice identifying initial letter sounds.
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Back to School Beginning Sound Sort Activity
How to Use this Letter Sound Activity
Students “load” each backpack with its matching initial sound picture card. Then, as they “unload” the backpacks, they can find each item on the recording sheet and write the letter next to it.
The free printable includes a backpack labeled with each letter of the alphabet. You can cut these out and glue them onto library pockets as shown here, or line them up in a pocket chart.
If you go with library pockets, you may like to glue them to a sheet of poster board which you then attach to the wall. That way you’ll have a standing up activity for kids who need to move a little more (and don’t they all?!)
You’ll also want to make copies of the included recording sheets.
Backpack Literacy Center
I know not all kindergartners arrive ready to work on initial sounds, but for those who are, I think this would make a cute back to school literacy center.
First, your students sort through the picture cards and match an initial sound with its correct backpack. Then, they slide each card into its library pocket or behind the right card in a pocket chart.
Related Resource: Print and Play Kindergarten Centers for the Year
More Ways to Use this Beginning Sound Sort Activity
Alternatively, for kids who are working on letter recognition, you could provide lightweight plastic letters or plain letter cards for them to match up instead.
You may like to put out just a handful of cards at a time to keep this activity from being overwhelming. Then, as students show more confidence, you can put out the entire alphabet at once.
My girls don’t really get excited about their backpacks anymore, but they thought this library pocket activity was pretty cool. I hope your students do too.
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