Halloween Candy: Short Vowel Graph
As I have said before, I am one to pick out my Halloween candy pretty early and usually have to buy more before the big day arrives. That may not be good for the waistline, but it comes in handy for the following activity!
candy bar wrappers
cardboard or card stock
laminator, contact paper or clear packing tape
Preparing the Activity
PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OR WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF SHORT VOWEL SOUNDS is necessary for this activity.
First, eat the candy so the wrappers are empty. 🙂 OR request that your students or fellow teachers bring in some candy wrappers. Cut the wrappers to create clean edges, mount them on cardboard or card stock and laminate/cover with contact paper or clear packing tape so that they do not rip when being handled.
Below are some suggestions:
Print the Halloween Candy: Short Vowel Graph (enlarged would be best) and hang it on the wall or whiteboard where all the children can see it. OR copy one graph for each child to work on individually.
I created a poster sized graph to use as a class.
Pass out the candy wrapper cards to the students. Ask them to read the name of the candy on the card and to determine which short vowel sound is in that word. Some candy’s names may fit in two categories. You can either simply talk about that or have two candy wrapper cards for those items.
As the child to bring his card and hang it in the appropriate place on the graph.
When all the cards have been placed on the graph, discuss the results. Which vowel appears in the most candy names? Which appears the least? Are there any that are the same?
Note: This can also be done in small groups or individually. Provide a graph for each student or group and create a photo copied set of candy wrappers (see below) for students to use with their graphs.
Here is a graph completed by one of my students.
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