Firefighter Letter vs. Word Sorting

What a great way to practice identifying letters and words with this fun firefighter themed activity! The kids will get so involved in trying to sort the letters and words and ‘put out the fire’. This activity includes a mat and water drop templates with letters and words.

FREE fire fighter themed printable sorting activity for kindergarten kids to sort between letters and words. Great for letter recognition and sight words. Can be used for a fire safety theme or community helpers.
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To prepare:
Print as many sets as you need for the number of students in your class. If you are using these in a center, it’s a great idea if you have an extra set just in case you want another group to get started on the activity. Laminate the sorting mat for durability. It’s not essential to laminate the water drops but it is a good idea. I’ve included empty water drop templates so you can add your own letters and words.

Letter vs. Word Sort Firefighter Theme

To guide the students before you begin this activity – show them an example of what they should be looking for to sort the letters and words. I placed the letters and word cards in one pile so the kids will choose one at a time, read it and then place it into the correct column under ‘word’ or ‘letter’. As an added activity, you can get the kids to draw two columns in their notebooks and write the letters and words they sorted. This is great practice!

I’ve included black and white versions of the water drops so you can add your own words and letters and even get the kids sorting and gluing into their notebooks. Here’s how:

Print the empty water drops with four sets on one page and then use a marker to add your own letters and words onto the cards (perhaps using letters and sight words you are working on at the moment). Then, photocopy this paper (1 for each student) and have the kids draw two columns in their notebooks with a flame in each as they read, cut and glue their letters and words into their notebooks and color them in! Great for hand-writing practice as well!

This post was contributed by:

Yara from Sea of Knowledge

Founder of Sea of Knowledge, an ESL teacher with a passion for making learning fun and engaging. She loves creating fun activities that children and learners can benefit from. You can also find me on: Facebook and Pinterest.

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Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.

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