Literacy Centers for Short A

This week, we are studying short a in spelling and phonics.  Becks really enjoys center-type activities, so I decided to throw together a few that I knew would hold his interest and help him discriminate the short a sound and give him practice spelling short a words.

Trash or Stash sorting short a from other short vowel sounds

Trashy Town is a perfect story to read not only for short a, but also before implementing this center activity.  Given a pile of short a picture cards, Becks said each word aloud.  If it was a short a word, he stashed it.  If it wasn’t a short a word, he trashed it!  Of course, it was a lot more fun to trash the words and pitch them into the can.  

Afterwards, he wrote some of the short a words in his stash.  

Here’s what he’ll be doing the rest of the week, along with the corresponding literature…

Alligator Snap – snapping up short a meals by an a short a rime alligator

Bag that Cat! catching all the short a snatching cats (mixed among long a cats)

Splat Mats  splatting short a words among other short vowel words

Each activity has a corresponding writing/recording sheet where he’ll practice spelling short a CVC words.

If you’d like to snag a set of these Centers, click the pic below to check them out!

You can also check out Word Work Super Mega Pack (which includes all vowel patterns – short and long, diphthongs, digraphs, and r-contolled vowels, too!)

Happy Tuesday 🙂

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Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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