Mystery Bags and 5 Senses freebie

Today we wrapped up our Mystery Bags activity.
A fun phonics literacy activity for the whole class! Students try to guess what is in the Mystery Bag, based on the letter's sound. An engaging and exciting activity that promotes letter sound learning in Kindergarten. #phonics #mysterybags #kindergarten #literacy #alphabet #lettersounds #kindergartenactivities
I sent home a small paper bag with each student, as well as a letter describing the Mystery Bag activity.


On their assigned day, students are to bring in the paper bag with a secret item inside. The item needs to begin with the same sound as the first letter of their name.
The rest of the class will try to guess what is inside of the Mystery Bag...
and in doing so, will be practicing letter sound skills :)

I always go first, to model how the activity is to be done.
Here is my Mystery Bag:
A fun phonics literacy activity for the whole class! Students try to guess what is in the Mystery Bag, based on the letter's sound. An engaging and exciting activity that promotes letter sound learning in Kindergarten. #phonics #mysterybags #kindergarten #literacy #alphabet #lettersounds #kindergartenactivities

I use my last name for this activity, because, of course, teachers don't have a first name (besides "Mrs."), so it's not an issue here. 
The students will use their first names.

This is how the activity goes:

"My name is Mrs. Bremer. The first sound in the name Bremer is 'B'. Can you guess what's in my Mystery Bag?"

I even model how to choose students who want to make a guess. (In other words, if you are shouting out your answer, jumping up and down for attention, or trying to peek into the bag, you are not getting picked).

"I like how X is sitting. And she has her hand up! X, can you guess what is in my Mystery Bag?"

The guessing continues until someone actually does guess what is in the bag & I take it out and show them 
OR 

they run out of guesses and it's time for a hint. For example, "It is an animal."

My last student to present starts with letter 'S'.
I am still in amazement over the students' guesses of what could be in her bag!
A fun phonics literacy activity for the whole class! Students try to guess what is in the Mystery Bag, based on the letter's sound. An engaging and exciting activity that promotes letter sound learning in Kindergarten. #phonics #mysterybags #kindergarten #literacy #alphabet #lettersounds #kindergartenactivities
Here are some of their great guesses:
snake
sunset
sandcastle
skunk
sap
stump
Sleeping Beauty
sippy cup
skates
spaceman
snack
swimming pool
sin
sock
Oh my word, too cute! :)
Here is what was in the bag:
A fun phonics literacy activity for the whole class! Students try to guess what is in the Mystery Bag, based on the letter's sound. An engaging and exciting activity that promotes letter sound learning in Kindergarten. #phonics #mysterybags #kindergarten #literacy #alphabet #lettersounds #kindergartenactivities
Strawberry Shortcake
Now that the activity is over, I have assembled all of the pages into a class book.
Here are some pages from it:
A fun phonics literacy activity for the whole class! Students try to guess what is in the Mystery Bag, based on the letter's sound. An engaging and exciting activity that promotes letter sound learning in Kindergarten. #phonics #mysterybags #kindergarten #literacy #alphabet #lettersounds #kindergartenactivities

A fun phonics literacy activity for the whole class! Students try to guess what is in the Mystery Bag, based on the letter's sound. An engaging and exciting activity that promotes letter sound learning in Kindergarten. #phonics #mysterybags #kindergarten #literacy #alphabet #lettersounds #kindergartenactivities

A fun phonics literacy activity for the whole class! Students try to guess what is in the Mystery Bag, based on the letter's sound. An engaging and exciting activity that promotes letter sound learning in Kindergarten. #phonics #mysterybags #kindergarten #literacy #alphabet #lettersounds #kindergartenactivities

A fun phonics literacy activity for the whole class! Students try to guess what is in the Mystery Bag, based on the letter's sound. An engaging and exciting activity that promotes letter sound learning in Kindergarten. #phonics #mysterybags #kindergarten #literacy #alphabet #lettersounds #kindergartenactivities
It is a class favorite!
A fun phonics literacy activity for the whole class! Students try to guess what is in the Mystery Bag, based on the letter's sound. An engaging and exciting activity that promotes letter sound learning in Kindergarten. #phonics #mysterybags #kindergarten #literacy #alphabet #lettersounds #kindergartenactivities
I also wanted to share a book I made that goes with the book From Head to Toe by Eric Carle.
FREE class book to go with From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
FREE class book to go with From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
FREE class book to go with From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
You can find it free at my TPT store!

4 comments

  1. I love the mystery bags. What a great idea to use the first letter of their names! I am your newest follower. Also, thank for the freebie! :0)
    Faith
    Kindergarten Faith

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  2. Love the Mystery Bags! I may have to try that after we finish the ABC's as a review!!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  3. I love this! I have a silly question. I am a first year teacher so I haven't made class books before. Can you tell me how you put these together? Do you laminate each page?

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  4. Hi Traci, I print a coloured copy of the cover page, and photocopy a class set of student pages. When the book is complete I just staple it together and put it in the reading centre. In the past I have used page protectors and then put the pages in duotangs. Hope this helps!
    Anita

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