Print as many mats as you need for the number of students in your class. Be sure to laminate the shark mats along with the fish letter cards. There are letters a-z fish cards and a random mix of beginning sound pictures on the shark mats but 24 picture sounds in total.
Beginning Sounds Activity – Feed the Sharks
Use these mats to help kids develop beginning sounds skills. Start by getting the kids to choose a random ‘fish letter card’. They identify the letter on the card and then look for a picture on the mat that starts with the same letter. They can also look for the key on the printable poster to help them identify the picture they are looking for.
For advanced play, have the kids do this without looking at the key. My ESL kiddos need to refer back to the key as they match their beginning sounds. I find that the second time around, they are able to do this more easily as they remember the name of the pictures on the mats!
This game can also be played in a group as a competition between two teams (or tables). Have the mats printed on large A3 poster paper and get the kids playing on these. Be sure to print the fish cards also on A3 paper (nice and large) for the little ones to match.
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