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Beginning Sounds Cut & Paste Worksheets

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Get 26 pages of free Beginning Sounds Cut and Paste printables with one worksheet for every letter of the alphabet, A-Z! These no-prep worksheets allow children to practice initial sounds in engaging ways like cutting, pasting, and sorting colorful pictures.

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Why We Love It

These worksheets get kids practicing a very important skill needed for reading success – identifying beginning sounds in words.

Whether you are working on one particular letter OR if you’re focusing on the overall skill of identifying beginning sounds in words, you’ll have a comprehensive resource that will cover it all!

All About Beginning Sounds

Identifying beginning sounds in words is a foundational phonological awareness skill. It’s a time children begin to understand that the words they say are made up of sounds, and those sounds are connected to print.

It builds the foundational skill of recognizing that sounds correspond to letters. Children need to learn that when they see a letter, their mouth must make that sound and their ear must hear that sound. These will always match! Identifying initial sounds is an important first step in this orthographic mapping process.

Why focus on beginning sounds in words? Well, it’s easiest for kids to hear initial sounds in words before attempting to isolate and identify medial or final sounds.

It’s still a hard skill, but with repeated practice and lots of examples, kids will begin to understand. They’ll start hearing the sounds at the beginning of words and connecting them to print.

All the a-z beginning sounds cut and paste worksheets laid out with scissors and glue.

Educational Focus

These worksheets are developmentally appropriate for preschool, pre-k and kindergarten students. They even help kids develop scissor skills with cutting and pasting requirements.

A great way to teach beginning sounds at first is to use children’s first names! Many preschool-aged children know at least the first letter of their name. Build on this knowledge, and model how the letter connects to the sound they hear at the beginning of their name. Joy – /J/.

Note: If a child has a digraph or special blend at the beginning, teach them that! For example, Charlie should learn Ch – /ch/ rather than the C – /c/ sound. Or Drake should learn Dr – /dr/ rather than /d/.

The completed letter B cut and paste worksheet with pictures glued in correct columns.

A-Z Words

Use these words as an answer key, to assist students as they complete the worksheets, or for other beginning sounds practice activities.

  • A Words: Apple, alligator, axe, animals, acrobat.
  • B Words: Banana, baby, bacon, button, bee.
  • C Words: Camel, car, cake, cow, camera.
  • D Words: Dolphin, doctor, door, dice, deer.
  • E Words: Elf, elephant, egg, emoji, earth.
  • F Words: Fork, foot, fox, fish, football.
  • G Words: Goat, guitar, ghost, goggles, gorilla.
  • H Words: Hand, heart, honey, hat, house.
  • I Words: Insects, inchworm, itch, igloo, iguana.
  • J Words: Jar, jeans, juice, jump, jellyfish.
  • K Words: Koala, kite, key, king, kangaroo.
  • L Words: Lemon, ladybug, lion, lamp, leaf.
  • M Words: Mouse, moon, mask, money, milk.
  • N Words: Nurse, net, nose, ninja, notebook.
  • O Words: Otter, octopus, ostrich, octagon, olives.
  • P Words: Pig, pencil, popcorn, pancakes, paint.
  • Q Words: Quarter, quack, quotes, question mark, queen.
  • R Words: Rainbow, Roblox, rice, rain, rake.
  • S Words: Soccer, sun, salad, scissors, saw.
  • T Words: Tape, two, tiger, turtle, turkey.
  • U Words: Under, umpire, up, umbrella, underwear.
  • V Words: Volcano, video game, violin, van, vegetables.
  • W Words: Watermelon, waffle, window, whale, water.
  • X Words* (see note below): Box, fox, wax, ax, six.
  • Y Words: Yarn, yam, yell, yawn, yo-yo.
  • Z Words: Zebra, zoo, zombie, zero, zipper.

*Important Note About Letter X: We teach the letter X as making /ks/ sound; however the words that begin with x have the /gs/ sound. As such, the words we use /ks/ as the ending sound. For the letter X worksheet only, students should be directed to listen for the /ks/ sound at the end of the word.

Tips & Info

  1. Review the pictures with your students before giving them the printables. Some pictures are obvious (b bee) while others may need an explanation (a acrobat).
    Bonus: you’re teaching new vocabulary this way too!
  2. Use these worksheets for independent, group, or center work.

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