Activity for ages 4 to 7.
Are you looking for a fun way to make word families POP… literally?! These playful popcorn sorts work on 10 different short vowel word families and they’re so motivating, kids will actually ASK to repeat them.
The prep for this word center was simple!
I printed the activity on cardstock, laminate the sheets for extra durability and then cut out the popcorn buckets and popcorn.
Finally, I decided to print the record sheets on bright paper for a fun extra pop of color.
Since this was our first time sorting word families, I decided to start with only one vowel: A.
I placed the popcorn buckets at the top of the table and sorted the words into -AT and -AN families.
Then the first student drew the word “cat” and held it up for the group to see.
The children read “cat” out loud together.
I asked them which family they thought the word belonged in.
They determined that it would fit best in the -AT family and placed it on the -AT popcorn bucket.
As we worked our way around the circle placing the words in their proper families, I had the children fill out a record sheet.
It was a great way to check comprehension and practice a little spelling.
Small Group Centers
Once each small group had gone through the activity and understood how it worked, I moved the activity to a literacy center so they could complete it more independently.
I walked around the room as they worked and had each group read me their words and explain why they chose to sort them into that word family.
I also quickly peeked at their record sheets to check for understanding.
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Ready to get poppin’ on this motivating sort?!