Mmmm…. smoothies! Smoothies to me are as much a part of spring as pumpkin spice lattes are to fall. We love to go strawberry picking and then go home to blend up our harvest with some banana and yogurt. This beginning blends sorting activity incorporates a smoothie-making pretend play element.
*Pair this with our Blends Writing Centers!
Beginning Blends Smoothie Sorting Activity
Smoothies make a fitting metaphor for blending letters together. Teaching students to blend letters opens up a whole new range of possibilities for them.
This activity focuses on just recognizing beginning blends and sorting them into smoothie blenders. You can pick out just a few beginning blend sets at first, and then widen to all of them as your new readers gain experience and confidence.
The smoothie glasses each contain a word that begins with a 2-letter consonant blend, such as bl-, clr, sp-, etc. I tried to choose mostly CCVC words to keep it simple.
You’re going to want to laminate these for durability, especially if you cut them out the way I did rather than leaving them as little rectangular cards.
Select the sets you want your students to work on, and make copies of the included recording sheets – they’re meant to be copied double sided if you can manage that. Otherwise just staple them together (the 2nd page doesn’t have a place for the child’s name).
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Ways to Play
The basic idea here is to sort the “smoothies” by beginning blend by placing it with its corresponding “blender.”
Then, if you’re using this activity in a literacy center you may want to have the students fill out the recording sheets to hold them accountable. Once they’ve sorted all the “smoothies” by blend, they should write down their results on the recording sheets.
You can extend the activity by having students build the words with plastic or wooden letters. They can build one word, remove the suffix, and then use the remaining beginning blend to build the next word.
If you have a toy blender, you can have the children pretend to mix up letters in it to make each word.
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