Salad Sort: Syllable Practice

My students are OBSESSED with this activity! It started as a whole group, teacher led activity. But…they ask it for it so much, I now use it during reading rotations at small group time. I got the idea from the book Teaching Reading Sourcebook. It’s a fairly thick book, but it has ideas and tips for all ages so you can take it with you if you switch grade levels.

The activity is pretty simple. Fill a big bowl with play items that would go in a salad (you could also print pictures). Get 4 additional bowls or containers and label with 1 sticker, 2 stickers, 3 stickers, and 4 stickers.

Students pick a food item from the big bowl and then clap out the syllables. If there are 2 syllables, he/she puts it in the container marked with 2 stickers and so on.

There are examples on my teachertube page…you can click the link below to check it out!


TeacherTube: Salad Sort

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Teaching Reading Sourcebook



Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).


Count, produce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.


Mama, Is It Summer Yet?

My school uses the WONDERS curriculum for reading, and the book Mama is it Summer Yet is one of our weekly big books. The kids really like it because there is repetition so they can read along, and I really like it because of the interesting art work. The author and illustrator, Nikki McClure cuts out black paper to make the leaves and other designs. I thought it would be fun for the students to do this, but with their own twist.

I traced a picture of the the little boy (the main character) feeding his mother a berry. Then I let the kids decide what kind of berry they want to use and cut out leaves to cover the bottom of the paper. They also colored the boy’s swim trunks, the same way the illustrator often colored one article of his clothing.

When the students finished, they wrote the title of the book at the top of the paper and mounted it on black construction paper. I told the students to write the title in pencil and then run it by me. If the title was written correctly, I gave them a black sharpie to trace it with.

What You Need:

  • A copy of the boy and his mother
  • Black strips of paper, 8 1/2 inches long
  • Pink, red, blue, and green squares of paper for the berries and leaves
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black construction paper for mounting
  • Black Sharpie

*download the boy and his mother by swiping over MAMA IS IT SUMMER YET TRACING AND CUTTING




With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


Letter Sounds Scavenger Hunt


This is a great activity for getting the kids up and out of the classroom!

The format goes with WONDERS kindergarten reading curriculum, but anyone can use this.

Each student gets a worksheet with different spaces (rooms) in the school (playground, office, etc…) on it. I give students a clip board or hard surface to write on. We walk around the school, and stop in each room listed. I give students time to look around the room and write down words that begin with the letter of the week.

When we get back to the classroom, we talk about the words we wrote down.

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Letter Sounds Scavenger Hunt TPT


Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.


Picture Word Hunt


  • I use the picture word hunt activity during reading rotations with my beyond-level kinder readers. About half way through the year I will introduce it to the other students when they are more comfortable with letter sounds.
  • I let the kids work with partners on this one. They chose a picture, circle items in the picture, and try to write the word in the letter box that it begins with (ex: pirate would go in the “p” box).
  • This can be frustrating for students initially, but I found that they work much better with a partner! Most of my students are now partially spelling 10-15 words per picture!

*download by swiping over the picture-word-hunt below



CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.AFollow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.BRecognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.CUnderstand that words are separated by spaces in print.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.DIsolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.

Color Words


  • This activity is geared towards beyond-level kinders but my approaching and on-level students have fun with it also. 

*download by swiping over color-words below


CC.SS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1: Print many upper and lowercase letters.
CC.SS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
CC.SS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5.C: Identify real-life connections between words and their use.