Activity for ages 5 to 7.
To prep, I printed the cards on card stock for added durability and then cut along the dotted lines to separate the pieces.
I filled a container with clothespin pegs and placed it beside the clip cards.
I wanted the kids to be able to self-check their answers so I flipped the cards over and drew a dot in the correct clipping spot so kids could easily see if the pins were in the right place later.
Note: If you’ll be using the cards in a classroom, you may want to laminate them.
Middle Vowel Sounds
The kids and I have talked A LOT about vowel sounds because, for most students, they are the hardest letter sounds to memorize. Since there is at least one vowel in every single word, memorizing them is supremely important.
We reviewed the five vowels (A, E, I, O and U) and talked about the sound for each one.
Since my students worked on our vowel word puzzles just the day before, they were ready to jump in and get to work.
Vowel Clip Cards
I set up the activity as a literacy center so children grabbed one card at a time and said what the picture was out loud. The first time reading it, I encouraged them to use a normal speed. But the second time they repeated it, I suggested that they stretch the word out slowly like a rubber band so that they could focus on the middle sound.
For instance, when one of my boys picked up the bed card he said, “Bed!” and then slowly repeated, “B-E-D”. As if a light went off, he recognized that /e/ sound and clipped the right spot on his card.
If the kids got stuck, I encouraged them to “try out” each vowel sound to see if it made sense. It was quite funny trying to hear questions like “Who has a bath teb at home?” There were smiles all around!