Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting

We just love turtles at my house. I know my girls would love a turtle is I would let them. We have been working on r-controlled vowels. So I thought we would do a turtle pet theme for a fun activity.

Hands-on sorting and recognizing sounds is a fun way to learn. Today’s turtle r-controlled vowel sorting printable works great for this.

This printable is a part of My Pets Week.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

This set is made so that kids can have fun sorting the turtle and learning r-controlled words.

There are 5 tanks and each has an r-controlled vowel on it. It is easy to see the r-controlled vowel that you are sorting. Plus big enough to put on both cards that match it.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

Each tank has two matching cards with a picture that has an r-controlled word. Each work should be easy to figure out where it belongs.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

How we use this printable

Here is a look at how we set up the sorting mats. We have the turtles on one side and the tanks on the other side. It is simple and easy and this works great for learning to read centers.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

Pick up the card and say the word. You can talk about what correct r-controlled vowel sound it makes.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

After you have said the name and figured out what vowel sound it has, you sort it to the correct mat.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

You can also play a simple matching game with the cards. It is easy to set up and play.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

There is a recording sheet you can use once you have all the matches done. It has space for the two words and a place to write a sentence with one of the words. If your kids are creative try and see if they can use two words in a sentence.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com


R-Controlled Vowels Coloring Pages

Are you looking for more activities to go with the turtle sorting tanks. Check out the R-controlled vowel coloring pages. These are great for working on learning r-controlled words. You can trace or write the words.

R-Controlled Vowels Coloring Pages - ar, er, ir, or, ur words with 2 options for each page - 3Dinosaurs.com

What you will find in this printable

  • Color the picture of the word, tracing the word or write the word, and draw & write your own word
  • Two color page options for each r-controlled vowels
  • ar words (2 different pages)
  • er words (2 different pages)
  • ir words (2 different pages)
  • or words (2 different pages)
  • ur words (2 different pages)

What you will find in this free printable

  • R-controlled vowels: ar, er, ir, or, and ur
  • 5 sorting tanks
  • 2 turles for each r-controlled vowel type
Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting match with 2 turles and recording worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com


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Dog House Themed Addition Matching

Learning addition is always a simple concept but not all kids get the idea. It is great to have different ways to work on learning.

I love doing matching activities when I can. We have done so many sorting activities our the years and love them.

Today’s printable is a simple visual addition with matching. It is a fun activity to get kids learning addition while having a little fun.

This printable is a part of My Pets Week.

Free Dog House Themed Addition Matching - Work on addition 1 to 10 with these matching activities with recording sheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

I like to use matching because it moves things around and gives you another hands-on style of learning. Kids don’t always just like worksheets. So for those that don’t this is fun!

In the set, you work on addition 1 to 10. There are two dog themed addition cards for each number. This is a great visual way to see how we are adding up to a number. I recommend printing on cardstock and laminating the cards to help them last longer.

Free Dog House Themed Addition Matching - Work on addition 1 to 10 with these matching activities with recording sheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

How we used this printable

You can start out simple. Just give them the one addition card and the matching dog house. I start with the cards face up and have them put the addition card to match the dog house.

Free Dog House Themed Addition Matching - Work on addition 1 to 10 with these matching activities with recording sheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

After they have the idea add in all the cards. Then have them match the two cards that go together. The cards are great because they show very easy how you can mix up the numbers.

Free Dog House Themed Addition Matching - Work on addition 1 to 10 with these matching activities with recording sheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

You can also use the dog counters with the cards. You can group the dogs to matching the math on the card. You could also just give them the number and have them match the dog counters to the number.

Free Dog House Themed Addition Matching - Work on addition 1 to 10 with these matching activities with recording sheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

Now after you have sorted the cards you can record them on the worksheet. It has a place from the two equations and answers. This is a simple way to work in more learning by them writing the equation.

Free Dog House Themed Addition Matching - Work on addition 1 to 10 with these matching activities with recording sheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

What we will find in these printables

  • Matching game for addition
  • Work on addition 1 to 10
  • recording worksheet included
  • 7 pages of printables

Free Dog House Addition Matching - work on addition 1 to 10 with a dog theme - 3Dinosaurs.com


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Hands-On Learning With Skip Counting Fish

I love having different themes to work on skip counting. We are always working on it somewhere. Skip counting is a great way to build up to multiplication and division.

I know that some kids learn better with themes than with just plain worksheets. I changing up learning with these mats to see what they have been learning.

This printable is a part of My Pets Week.

Free Skip Counting Fish - skip counting by numbers 1 to 12 learning mats - 3Dinosaurs.com

I always hope that something new will helps a child. I know that having a different theme to change things up helps. Plus these have cute fish in the bowls. This is one simple way to change up something they are learning.

Each of the pages has the number you are working on plus skip counting fish in random order. They have skip counting 12 times on each page. I recommend printing on cardstock and laminating this printable to help it last longer.

Free Skip Counting Fish - skip counting by numbers 1 to 12 learning mats - 3Dinosaurs.com

How we used these printables

If you have a child just starting out with skip counting. Give them the skip counting bookmarks to help them find the number in order. I use the square version and gave them fish counters to cover the fish.

Free Skip Counting Fish - skip counting by numbers 1 to 12 learning mats - 3Dinosaurs.com

Another way to use these to pull out multiplication cards and have them find the match. I printed my multiplication card and put them mixed up on a ring. They flip through the cards and cover the matching fish.

Free Skip Counting Fish - skip counting by numbers 1 to 12 learning mats - 3Dinosaurs.com

If you don’t have the fish counters you can always use something else like the clear counters or even a dot marker if you are not reusing the pages.

Free Skip Counting Fish - skip counting by numbers 1 to 12 learning mats - 3Dinosaurs.com

Another way to use these is to use the skip counting by 1 with division cards. You can always find new ways to use skip counting mats. They are loads of fun for kids of all ages to use.

What we will find in these printables

  • Fish in a bowl theme
  • Skip counting 12 times
  • Skip counting for numbers 1 to 12
  • 12 pages

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