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Looking for monster themed phonics activities for Halloween? With these beginning letter sound match clip cards, students will need to decide if the 2 monsters are showing objects with the same beginning sound.
Halloween doesn’t just have to be about pumpkins, ghosts and witches; it’s a great time to bring some monster fun into your classroom. Monsters make for a great theme as they can take any size, shape or color, which means you can have a lot of fun creating and describing different monsters. You can also engage your students with monster themed phonics activities, and this cute initial sounds monster printable will help your students develop and master the skill of picking out the beginning sound of a word.
Why The Beginning Sound Matters
These beginning sound clip cards will quickly become an essential tool in your early literacy toolbox. The beginning sound of a word is a key skill for students to master as it’s the first step in truly understanding that words are made up of different phonemes which will help them as they learn to read beyond just the memorization of their sight words. In particular, these clip cards show some objects with the same beginning sound and some that have different starting letters and they teach students to differentiate between the two.
Preparing Monster Beginning Letter Sound Match
These monster themed phonics activities are easy to get ready: just download, print either 2 or 4 to a page (to save on ink and paper) and you’re ready for some monster fun. If you’re planning on cutting up the cards, you may want to laminate them so that they don’t get ripped or damaged as students play the games.
Extension Monster Themed Phonics Activities
These beginning letter sound match clip cards are easy for students to use. They look at both the pictures being held by the monsters and say the name of the object out loud. If there’s a match, they mark the check, and mark the x if the words don’t start with the same sound. As students begin to master this with greater accuracy and speed, try some of these extension activities:
Make it right – once students have completed all the cards, have them split the set into two piles: one with objects with the same beginning sound, and the other where they don’t . For the pile of non-matches, challenge students to come up with a word (or as many words as they can) that generates a beginning letter sound match.
Group the monsters – another way to help students master their beginning sounds is to make a separate set of the monster themed beginning sound clip cards and cut each monster out individually. Students can then create groups of cards that show objects with the same beginning sound. You can give them all of the cards for a longer group project or challenge them to find just the cards that begin with whichever letter you’re workin on that week.
Turn it into a game – all kindergarteners love to play games, and this initial sounds monster printable makes for a great game of Snap or Memory. You’ll need to cut the cards up as with the prior activity, and then have students find matching pairs. Partner work also allows students to develop the essential skills of turn taking and accepting failure and defeat.