With each of my new table groups, I had the students working on their needed skill: beginning sounds (very basic review that we've been working on several weeks), ending sounds (review of last weeks skill), middle sounds (this week's skill), and CVC words (new and challenging). The students had a BLAST with my sound mats!
My students had a blast using all of the different letters to 'fill' the pockets in each word. They had the BEST time! Plus it was the perfect review, practice, or extension for them!