Scooping Up the Ending Sounds Literacy Centers for Kindergarten

Work on identifying ending sounds with these fun, play-based kindergarten activities and centers to work on phonics

We noticed that our students were really good at identifying the beginning and middle sounds of words, but they were having difficulty with the ending sounds. I came up with these activities so that students can practice identifying the ending sounds of words, in a fun and engaging way. These worked great to help our students better able to isolate the last sound of these pictures, and I was proud of how hard they worked to complete them.  I wanted to share with you some of the pictures I took of these activities in action:

1. Build an ice cream cone:

Work on identifying ending sounds with these fun, play-based kindergarten activities and centers to work on phonics

With this activity, students have to add the ice cream scoops to the right container to match the ending sounds. This is such a fun, play-based center that helps students identify the ending sound!

2. Record the ending sound:

Work on identifying ending sounds with these fun, play-based kindergarten activities and centers to work on phonics

This is a simple activity that takes no prep! Students have to write the ending sound for each picture. This is not only great for identifying the letter, but also for letter formation. Students have to make sure that they write the letter properly within the lines. We did this activity to introduce the concept, and was great for assessing their knowledge and to figure out their needs.

3. Color the ending sound:

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This is a fun game that they get to use dice with and color as they go- two things that our students love to do! They can start in any square around the outside edge of the page, they roll the die, move that number of squares, identify the ending sound of the picture they land on, and color in the letter that matches.

Work on identifying ending sounds with these fun, play-based kindergarten activities and centers to work on phonics

Our students also decided to color the pictures too so that they knew which ones they had already landed on. This helped reinforce ending sounds and letter identification.

4. Write the ending sound:

Work on identifying ending sounds with these fun, play-based kindergarten activities and centers to work on phonics

This activity can also be used as a write-the-room activity, but we just put the cards out on the table so that students could pick a card, and write the ending sound with the matching numbers.

Work on identifying ending sounds with these fun, play-based kindergarten activities and centers to work on phonics

Our higher students tried to challenge themselves by stretching out the whole word, and not just recording the ending sound. A couple of our students who are really advanced for kindergarten, wrote sentences using the words that were pictured on the cards. I love how they can make the activity suit their level, and they are now able to challenge themselves in ways that I didn’t even think of!

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