Today is the second day of Christmas Themed Printable Week. Yesterday I shared with you a set of math printables that explore number recognition. Today’s set of printables explores long and short vowel sounds. It was designed with kindergartners and first graders in mind. I am calling today’s set Elf on the Shelf Long and Short Vowel Sorts.
Getting Started with the Elf on the Shelf Word Sorts
Before your children can explore either of the sorts, you will need to download the set. The Elf on the Shelf Long and Short Vowel Word Sorts set was designed to be printed out in black and white. After completing each of the sorts, your children could be invited to color in each of the elves.
Using the Elf on the Shelf Word Sorts
There are several ways that you can use these sorts with your children. Let me share the ways I have thought of with you.
- You can give each of your children a copy of one or both of the word sorts.
- Then you can have them take turns reading the words in the word bank.
- Next, you will invite your children to place each of the words under the elf on the shelf whose present displays a gift tag with that vowel sound. They could write the words down on their own or they would take turns sharing where they think each word needs to go.
Small Group or With a Partner
- Children can be placed in pairs or in a small group.
- Next, they will each take turns reading the words in the word bank or read them together.
- Then they can then work together to decide where to place each word.
- Children will need to be reminded that they need to agree completely on where a word goes before they write it down.
Center or Individual Work
- Children can be given one or both of the word sorts to do on their own in a center or at their desks.
- They will read over each of the words and decide on their own where to place the words.
- Later you can go over their answers with them.
If you like these activities, here are a few more you will want to explore with your children.