Saturday, July 28, 2012

Back to School Sorting Activities

We're smack in the middle of summer, but just walk into any store and you'll see that the start of school is right around the corner!  Now's the time for all of you teachers and SLPs to find some great bargains!  Here are some apple and bus cut outs that I found at the Christmas Tree Shops for $.69 each:

Cute, right?  So what to do with them?  I decided on some sorting activities.  For the apples, I used Custom Boards Premium by Smarty Ears to create pictures for eight different categories:  vehicles, clothing, animals, toys, letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.  I used the 3x3 template for 9 total squares:

I laminated and cut out the pictures, attached velcro to the apples and pictures (so I could change categories if I wanted to).  Then, I found a picture of a bushel from Google Images and added category headings, printed and laminated.  The final activity looks something like this (I couldn't fit all of the categories into the shot, but you get the idea):

For the buses, I decided to do a sound discrimination activity for my articulation students, but it's the same basic idea.  I used Custom Boards to create word cards for t/k and w/l.  I removed the words so there would not be a visual cue:

L words
Again, I laminated, cut, and attached to the buses using velcro.  I found a school house picture in a graphics collection on TPT (here).  I added one letter (T, K, L, W) to each of 4 school houses.  Students working on auditory discrimination of target sounds can then sort words between the target sound (e.g., K) and the common error sound (e.g., T).  The final product looks like this:

How would you use the apples and buses?


  1. I love the baskets and schools! I think the apple and bus shapes could also be used for memory games - print out two sets of the pictures and the students have to say each word as they turn it over. Or make patterns for phonological awareness where the students name the shape pointed to, either by words (bus, apple, apple) or beginning sounds (ae, ae, b).

    1. Great ideas! Considering I opted to attach the pics with Velcro, I can probably try these out as well!

  2. This is a great idea! I actually just picked up some apple shapes (although mine are bigger than yours), so I think I'm going to create an apple category sorting activity. Thanks for the idea! :)

    Let's Talk SLP

  3. That is such a great idea!!!

  4. Hi - is it possible to get a PDF of the shapes/pictures you used? This would be fun for Sierra and I to add to our preschool activities this fall.

    Tina Peterson

    1. I wish I could Tina, but I don't know what the terms of use are for the images so I cannot share them :(


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