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Beginning Sounds Picture Puzzle

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 2 pages | Grades: PK - 1

Dive into letter-sound correspondence with this alphabet picture match-up puzzle.

🧩 Piece Together Letter-Sound Correspondence

Use this resource in your reading center, as a guided reading activity, or a whole class exercise (see below) to give students a chance to use their phonological awareness knowledge.

The students will identify the letter sound on each piece and cover the matching picture for the initial phoneme, completing the puzzle. 

The great thing about this resource is that it is self-checking: When students have finished placing the pieces onto the board, a complete picture is revealed!

Scaffolding & Extension Tips + More Letter-Sound Correspondence Activities

Challenge students who already understand the concept to create a new puzzle base using words that end with the matching sound, e.g., n = hen. 

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by using a visual reminder of letter sounds such as an alphabet display

Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers, and for full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more.

👀 Scavenger Hunt

Hide the letter card pieces around the room when your students are not around and put the picture card in the center of the room. Then set your students loose! As soon as they find a piece they bring it up to the picture card, repeat the letter sound on the card, and put it on the matching picture. NOTE: You may want to make a rule of only 1 student at a card at one time. If not, things could get a little crazy! 

✏️ Write It Out

This activity can also be used as a formative assessment. Project the picture board and have each student pick 3 words. Students will write the first letter of each word and draw a picture for each to show they understand how to identify the initial letters of words.

👯‍♀️ Match Me If You Can

In your guided reading group, give each student 3-5 cards that only they can see. Then, point to a picture on the board and have them say the word as a group. The student who has the matching initial letter card lays it down face up. The first person to have all their cards face up wins. 

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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