Well, I've been figuring out how to upload documents to a blog. Good grief, but it's ridiculous! Hopefully now I am all ready to go (fingers crossed)! It's funny how a person can take so much time tweaking a bit of clip art because the print preview shows everything all weird.....
Anyhow, here is an activity from a beginning reader unit I created for Kindergarteners. For complete directions, click on the Vowel Flower Activity. The Vowel Flower Activity is for students who have just learned their short vowel sounds are are getting ready to read CVC words.
The "A,E,I,O,and U" vowels are each placed onto a separate flower center:
After you have taped them to the white board or stapled them permanently onto a bulletin board, give each child some "CVC flower petals" and have fun! Don't create the flower petals to match the colors of the vowel centers. Just make them all white or random colors. If there is a color pattern, the kids will notice that and forget paying attention to the vowel sounds!!! (they are so smart!)
Here is an example of the "E" flower:
Here are the empty letter examples:
A variation on the theme is to write the CVC words without the vowel. The kids have to think harder, but don't forget that CVC words can become different words when the vowel is replaced by another vowel! Here is an example of this:
This activity could become a center when you are finished. The kids could also help you come up with more and more words. You could use this as a semi-permanent display to review the word worm periodically (see post below).