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Are you looking for a fun resource to teach pre-primer sight words to your preschool and kindergarten students? This hands-on beginning sight words sorting activity is just what you need!
Spring is on its way, and with it comes strawberry season! I can’t wait to plant some strawberries this season. Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep the neighborhood deer out of the strawberry patch this year.
Because strawberry season is almost here, now is a great time to start putting together a strawberry-themed unit for your preschoolers. This hands-on sight word sorting activity combines early literacy and math into one fun lesson.
Sight Words Sorting Activity
To prepare this activity, I suggest printing the sorting mats and sight word cards on cardstock and laminating them for durability. The last page, the Color by Code worksheet, can be printed on regular printer paper.
To make this activity portable, you could place velcro dots on each sorting mat and the back of each sight word card. Use velcro dots on the mats to correspond with how many words should be sorted to that mat. This makes the activity somewhat self-checking in that kids will need to make sure each velcro dot on the mat has a corresponding card. It won’t let them know if their counting is correct, but it’s a little help.
How to Use This Activity
Start by cutting apart the sight word cards. There are 40 total – one for each word on the pre-primer word list. Now, mix them up and put them in a small bowl or basket. If you have a small strawberry basket, that would be perfect! If not, any small bowl or basket will do.
Spread the sorting mats out so kids can see each one. Then, have them draw a sight word card out of the bowl/basket. They’ll count the letters in the word and place the strawberry on the corresponding sorting mat.
If you have a beginning reader, have them say the sight word before adding it to the sorting mat. This will help you assess which sight words they can identify as they work on this counting activity.
Assessing the Lesson
This pack includes an assessment page. Students will count the letters in each word and color the strawberry according to the coloring code on the page.
Of course, this only assesses their counting skills. To assess their reading, have them read the words to you. You could add a small checkmark or smiley face to the boxes that contain words they can read correctly.
Download your printables.
Are you ready to work on sorting sight words? Grab your copy by clicking the download button below. Then, head over and download some pre-primer sight word flash cards to use with your young readers.