Penguin Word Family Sort

Activity for ages 5 to 7.

This playful penguin word family sort is sure to be a hit with kids and YOU’LL love that they’re practicing important reading skills.

To make it easier for you to get EVERY student bigger results, the freebie comes in TWO versions so you can quickly adjust the difficulty:

  1. One focuses on rhyming
  2. And the second option stretches students to spell CVC words.

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Getting Ready

To play, I printed off the word family sort on cardstock to give it extra durability and cut along the lines to separate the pieces.

I printed off a record sheet for each player and viola! We were all set for some penguin fun.

Word Family Penguin Sort

To start, I placed one ice rink and several sets of penguins on the table in front of the small group.

Since my students are new to CVC words, I wanted to work on only one family at a time.

I reminded the kids that word families have the same sound and end in the same letters.

For our first family, we chose to work on words ending in the -AN sound.

One by one, the kids drew a fish from the pile, read the word out loud and decided if it ended in -AN.

If it did, they placed the fish underneath the penguin.

If the fish didn’t belong, students simply placed it to the side so we could find its matching word family later.

Once my students had a handle on the -AN word family, we started working through the next two: -IG and -OP.

Gradually, I increased the number of word families on the table until all five were out and all the fish had been sorted.

Then I handed out the record sheets and we worked together to read the penguins and add them to the matching column on the paper.

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9 Comments

  1. Susan Syddall

    Thanks so much for sharing this printable. I’m looking forward to playing it with my boys.

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    • Malia

      My pleasure, Susan! Thanks for taking the time to leave a note. I always love hearing from readers.

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    • Malia

      Thanks so much for the feature, Deb! I’m thrilled to hear that the activity was helpful. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Saaimah

    Hi Malia,

    I absolutely love this activity..However I cannot find the printable on TPT. Please help;)

    Thank you!

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    • Malia Hollowell

      Hi Saaimah! Great question. I took the pack down from TPT but will email it to you now. 🙂

      Reply
  3. crystal

    Hi..this would be super cute for my penguin unit this month…but I can’t find it on your site…please help!!

    ~Crystal

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