Professional Development

July 13, 2014

One of the Best Beginning Sounds Activities for Literacy Centers

Teachers know that alphabetic knowledge and phonemic awareness are some of the foundational skills our readers need for successful decoding skills. But it can also be difficult to squeeze in activities to help readers develop strong letter-sound knowledge. What if I told you that I have a simple solution to solving the problem of finding effective, engaging beginning sounds activities to support readers?

I, too, needed simple beginning sounds activities to help my students become strong decoders, but I also needed to monitor their progress in a way that was effective but not time-consuming. That’s when I came up with these Cut-and-Paste Beginning Sound Activities.

I’ll show you why they quickly became one of my favorite beginning sounds activities!

How These Beginning Sound Sort Activities Work

With these simple beginning sound sort activities, the students sort the pictures by beginning sounds. ย It’s easy to prep and easy for the students to pick up on the routine you put in place with this activity.

The students can glue the pictures that begin with that letter onto the letter and throw the other 4 pictures in the trash or you can have them glue the pictures on the back and write the letter each picture begins with.

An Alternate Way to Use These Activities

Another option is to use them in an interactive phonics notebook. ย The students can glue the letter part on one side of the journal and the pictures that do not begin with that letter on the opposite side. ย The students can then write the beginning letter or word!

These beginning sound sorts are perfect to use in literacy stations, small groups, or as morning work.

You can snag the set of ABC Beginning Sound Sorts HERE! This resource comes with one cut-and-paste activity for each letter of the alphabet. You can use this resource in literacy centers, as morning work, for independent practice, or even as an assessment

You can also SAVE and get the Phonics Cut-and-Paste Bundle with all of these top-rated resources:

  • Beginning Sounds
  • CVC Short Vowels
  • Beginning Blends
  • Ending Blends
  • Digraphs (Beginning and Ending)
  • CVCe Long Vowels
  • Ending Sounds
Beginning sound activities that are engaging, hands on, and help students practice scissors skills are perfect for the beginning of the year! I love that they fit in a phonics interactive notebook, too! #literacycenters #phonics

Happy Teaching,



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Hi, I'm Amanda

I’m a K-1 teacher who is passionate about making lessons your studentsย loveย and that areย easy to implementย for teachers.ย ย Helping teachers like you navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. Here, youโ€™ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!


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  1. Can I have a free copy of your cut and paste beginning sounds for my special needs students. Thanks

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