Do you have a kiddo that loves the snow and is learning to segment words? Check out today’s free printable!
- Snowflake manipulative of your choice-Choose from snowflake sequins, foam snowflakes, cotton balls, white pom poms, snowflake jewels or any other idea you have in mind.
- Falling Snowflakes Segmentation Mats
Gross Motor Guided Options
If you’d like to do this without manipulatives, have kids pretend their hands are snowflakes. Say a word. Then model how to let a “snowflake” fall for each sound in the word. It’s best to start with 2 or 3 phoneme words first (like at or cup). As kids become comfortable with these words, you can move on to words with more sounds and blends.
If you’d like to use manipulatives for the gross motor option, give kids large foam or paper snowflakes. Follow the same steps as above, but have them drop a snowflake for each sound in the word instead of using their hand.
Fine Motor Independent Option
Once kids become more comfortable doing this activity together in a guided way we move toward some independent practice so they can verbalize and show what they are thinking as they segment the words.
Here give kids (individually or in a group of 3 or so kids) a snowflake mat and snowflake manipulatives. Two options are included, one set with lines for the snowflakes to “land” on and the other with no lines. Choose the one that meets your needs.
Review what was done in the guided activity. Then model how to use the mat and the manipulatives. Show kids how to start on the left side of the paper and pull down snowflakes moving left to right as you segment the sounds in the word. Let them know that they won’t always use all of the snowflakes, so some will stay “floating in the air.”
Then move on to practicing individual words. Listen as kids segment the words. This will help you see where they are needing additional support. This activity does not have to take a long time.
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