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This post has been co-written with Ben Wolfson, a full-time educator and assistant principal in the USA.
There’s so much learning to do with a space theme in kindergarten. Even though a full exploration of space doesn’t appear in the science curriculum until later in the primary grades, you can still tap into your students’ fascination with the moon, planets and stars in your classroom. Your bulletin boards almost make themselves with references to star work and out of this world learning, and your academic centers can take on all sorts of space themes, from counting aliens to this space CVC vowel sorting kindergarten space literacy station. Whatever you choose, space is a perfect theme for any time of year and breaks up the cycle of holiday and seasonal themes.
Learning CVC Word Families
Your kindergarten students should come into your classroom knowing most, if not all, of their letters and letter sounds. It’s likely that you’ll want to do some revising of these at the start of the year, but for many students you should be moving into sight words and CVC word families fairly quickly. CVC words are a quick way to build vocabulary as they always produce the short version of each vowel sound. Short vowel sound sorting games like this space CVC vowel sorting activity are great for getting students to match sounds to pictures, and to begin to imagine how to use their letter sounds from preschool to spell correctly. Using a variety of different ways to teach CVC words works best so check out my CVC Secret Word Worksheets, CVC Word Family Matters or CVC Onset and Rime Puzzles too!
Preparing Your Kindergarten Space Literacy Station
Extension Space CVC Vowel Sorting Activities
Your students should quickly grasp and master this space CVC vowel sorting game. They will each need the planet themed recording sheet and a set of the pictures. One by one, they’ll pick a picture card, say it out loud and listen for the correct vowel sound and place it under the right planet. To extend their learning further, try some of these activities:
Write the words out – the great thing about CVC word families is their reliable spelling patterns. This means that your students should be able to pick a picture card, say the word out loud and write the CVC accurately under the correct heading. This allows them to practice phonetic spelling patterns as well as neat letter formation skills.
Work with a partner – adding partner work to this kindergarten space literacy station is a great way to bring some social skills to the table, such as listening and turning taking. In this activity, one person has the recording sheet while the other has the pile of picture cards. They draw a card at random and say the word that is shown. Their partner either has to place the picture card correctly or write the word down in the correct column. You can use my Food Friends Pick A Partner Cards to easily pair up your students.
Find other short vowel words – finally, this game can be extended by introducing other CVC and short vowel sound words. These could be words that you find pictures of to add to the pile, or for an extra challenge you can send your students on a CVC word scavenger hunt around your classroom, adding new words to their recording sheet as they go.