If you’re after a simple way to teach beginning blends like FR-, CL-, DR- and SK-, you’ll love these 10 free picture sorts.
Teaching Beginning Blends
When introducing beginning blends to my students, I said the individual sounds of each letter and then the sound they made when I put the sounds together.
For example, I explained, “We know that F makes the /f/ sound and R makes the /r/ sound. Now let’s put those two sounds together quickly. Ready?! /Fr/!”
I wanted kids to begin recognizing the blend in words so I gave them an example and challenged them to brainstorm more. “Fruit starts with a /fr/ sound. Can you think of any other words that start with /fr/?” I’m often “wowed” by some of the words kids come up with on their own!
Beginning Blends Sort
Next, I gave each child a sorting sheet and had them color and cut out the pictures.
Using the extra copy I had printed out to use as an example, I laid out all of the pictures and picked up one at a time to read it out loud.
“Frog – /f/ /r/ /o/ /g/. Frog starts with a /fr/ sound!” I grabbed my glue stick and pasted the frog in the “fr” column.
After showing the kids two more examples, I sent them off to complete their own sorts.
When all the pictures were pasted, I asked each child to look at the two columns and say all of the words that started with each blend. The extra step helped reinforce the blends one more time.
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