I’ve been seeing a lot in the teachers’ groups this year (especially first grade) that the kids are coming back to school not knowing their letters. This is of course due to the pandemic and that leaves the teachers scrambling to deal with an unusual situation. As a Special Education teacher, letters and sounds are what we sometimes spent huge chunks of time learning. To make things fun, we often played letters and sounds bingo. The kids loved it and it was an easy and great way (especially in small groups) to practice letter and sound recognition. So here are some fun letters and sounds bingo games, as well as some other letters and sounds activities, you might want to use with your new or struggling learners.
Why Use Bingo Games to Practice Letters and Sounds?
- It’s fun and the kids love to play. My kids would ASK to play. Do they ask to do a worksheet? Sometimes but not often. Anytime they ask to do something and it’s teaching them something, pay attention.
- It keeps them engaged.
- They’re having to listen and pay attention.
- They have to focus.
- It builds stamina to have to attend to one activity for that length of time.
- It teaches winning and losing.
- If you play in small groups you can keep an eye on your students’ cards and watch for errors and redirect therefore teaching them their letters and sounds as they play. ie. If you call out the letter “P” and they cover “Q” you can point to the letter Q and say, “That’s letter Q. See if you can find letter P.”
LETTERS AND SOUNDS BINGO RESOURCES
Games for all themes and seasons! 🙂
ABC BINGO FOR GOOGLE SLIDES™ RESOURCES
More Letters and Sounds Resources
As you can tell from all the resources and links, I love bingo games for teaching letters and sounds BUT there are also other games and activities that you might want to add to your toolbox as well. One of my very favorites that I used successfully for years with my students and I blogged about in the past (you can read that post HERE) is the I See game below. *There’s also a freebie on that page for stamping capital/lowercase letters.*
So if you’re one of those teachers struggling to teach your students letters and sounds, I hope this gives you some ideas and resources to help you along your way. That’s a lot of links and resources, but even if that’s not enough, my TpT store has even more letters and sounds resources you might want to see like the Color by Code Glyphs. So check out the Letters and Sounds Category.
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