We love snowmen! What’s not to love?? They are fun and magical.
When winter starts, we can’t help but make plans to go out and build a snowman. Or for those of us that don’t live around snow, we talk about what we’ll do one day when we make it out to the snow.
From the decorations in our class, watching Frosty the Snowman, to singing Olaf’s “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” we are submerged in everything snow!
And we wouldn’t want it any other way!
Students get our windows ready for winter with our Snowflake Window Clings and review their math skills with our Mitten Snowball Counting Activity. And to bring science and snow together, our little scientists conduct an Avalanche Experiment.
Because snowmen activities like these are exciting and get kids learning new things in a hands-0n way.
So to connect snowmen with early reading, I’ve created this Snowman Ending Sound Match-up. Our little learners will be able to segment sounds and phonemes at the end of words with a winter-themed activity.
Looking for more snow activities? Be sure to have a look at our Snow Science Unit.
Snowman Ending Sound Match-Up
One of the most important stages of phonics is learning letter names and letter sounds.
As students say and hear the sound of letters, they begin to segment individual sounds in letters. Developing an awareness of these ending sound phonemes is an essential building block in developing their early literacy skills.
This Snowman Ending Sound Match-Up is excellent for helping our early readers build their phonological awareness. This winter-themed match-up is ideal for Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms.
You can use this center in literacy stations, in small review groups, or as independent work. Depending on your students’ abilities, you can use it as a challenge or as a review.
Inside You’ll Find:
- 4 sheets with the snowman head covering ending sounds such as Nn, Tt, Ll, Gg etc. (4 snowmen per sheet)
- 14 sheets with snowballs, each with 6 different pictures.
- This resource also comes in black and white to save on ink, so it comes with 36 pages total.
Getting the Snowman Ending Sound Match-Up Ready
This activity is easy to prep. After you purchase this match-up and download it, you’ll print it out (in color or black and white) and cut using a paper trimmer. Put all of the pieces in a plastic container. I love using plastic pencil cases like this for storing centers. It keeps it all in one place and does not take up a ton of space.
This is how I like to keep my Language Arts materials organized throughout the year.
Using the Snowman Ending Sound Match-Up
To start this match-up students will choose a snowman head with a letter on it. I try to encourage my little readers to say the letter and the sound out loud. This student chose the snowman with the letter “Mm” on it.
They will then sort through all of the snowball pieces with pictures looking for the ones that have the ending sound /m/. The first time students try to complete the Snowman Ending Sound Match-Up you may want to have them work in small groups.
Once their snowman is built with the snowballs that represent the corresponding ending sound, they can move on to a new letter and continue building snowmen.
Students can also complete this match-up by having all the snowman heads laid on a table or the floor. They will then sort through all of the snowballs and place them with the correct snowman head.
You can differentiate this activity for younger learners or students who need extra review or practice. Give them two of the snowman heads and the corresponding snowballs at one time. This will help them build their confidence as they become more aware of letter sounds.
Once these ending sounds are mastered, you can gradually add in more snowman heads and snowballs.
Whether students are showing off their mastery of ending sounds on their own or working as a group, they will be sure to have a snowswept day!
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Are you ready to implement this in your classroom or home?
Your kids can practice ending sounds throughout the year with our Ending Sounds Mega Bundle. This bundle has 12 themed ending sound activities! Plus, when you purchase them together, you’ll save yourself some money!
Enjoy building your snowmen in the classroom and at home with this Snowman Ending Sound Match-Up Printable Activity.
Want More Snowman Learning Ideas?
Don’t forget to check out this Snowman Match-Up Bundle. It’s a great literacy and math resource for your classroom!
If you can’t find a resource that you would LOVE to have for your classroom, Contact me and I would be happy to make it for you.