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Letter Sound Bingo
Matching phonemes to graphemes can be as easy as playing a game of Bingo. Little learners build a strong understanding of medial sounds, vowels, and letter sound correspondence while playing Bingo. Bingo cards and picture cards are included; you just need to print and laminate the amount you need.
Letter Sound Mix-Up
Little learners time each other as they each work through a sheet of all 26 letters of the alphabet. They test each other to see how many letter sounds they can identify in 1 minute. Letter sheets and data collection sheets are included.
The main exercise here has to do with initial, medial, and final sound correspondence. Youngsters practice decomposing word sounds using image cards and a template (both provided). They cut out ten 3-letter images and sound each out, gluing them alongside each almost-complete name on the worksheet...but their job is not yet done! Each word is missing one of the sounds, and they fill in the corresponding letter according to the sound they hear. There are dozens more images associated with these three sound categories; use your own creativity to put them to use!
Letter-Sound Correspondence: Where's That Sound?
The phoneme train is leaving the station! Get your budding readers familiar with letter-sound correspondence using this fun phonics activity. They set up the initial sound and final sound train cards (included), placing a letter between them. Then, learners choose images to place beneath the train cars to indicate words which begin or end with that sound. You will need image cards and alphabet cards for this. There is a diagram to show you what this set-up looks like.
Letter- Sound Correspondence: Brown Bag It
Sorting objects according to their initial sound gets scholars thinking about letter-sound correspondence in this interactive activity. Start with 26 brown bags, each labelled with a letter of the alphabet. Bring in some magazines with images for learners to choose from, and challenge your kids to cut out corresponding first-sound objects. Encourage them to say the first sound as they categorize each image into the bags. You can do this with last-sound, too!
What do dominoes and phonemes have in common? Quite a bit in this engaging phonics game! Each domino has a letter on one side and an image on the other. Everything you need is here; partners place the starting domino on the table then take turns matching a letter to the picture at the end of the domino train. They say the initial sound of each image before matching the letter and play until all the dominos are gone. A complete set is included for printing here as well as some blanks you can use to create your own!
Letter-Sound Folder Sort
Practice letter-sound correspondence using this interactive activity which has kids sorting images based on their final sounds. Start by choosing four final sounds to place in an open file folder (refer to image). Partners take turns selecting image cards, pronouncing the image and its final sound, and sorting it under the correct letter(s). They choose cards until all are sorted. This comes with the letters but no image cards. Have kids make them by cutting out images from magazines!
Get creative with phonics by having kids create a letter-sound mobile! Using a hanger, hole punch, string, and the provided image and letter cards, learners practice matching medial sounds to their corresponding vowels. Students attach the vowels to the hanger (three are pictured, but you can probably fit all five) with string and then proceed to attach each image below its medial sound letter. There are five images for each vowel, so keep in mind this may get hectic if strings become entangled, kids can't tie knots, etc. Consider using a circular wire if possible.
Beginning Letter Sounds
Students practice working with beginning letter sounds. In this phonics lesson, students state the letter sound that their name starts with, read a book about beginning letter sounds and complete a worksheet.
Literature Response for Home-School Connections:
First graders explore learning skills that can be practiced at home in the ten lessons of this unit. Oral reading, letter formation, fairy tale identification, and phonic awareness exercises are provided in this unit.
Phonics Lesson Plans Brought to Life With Music
Phonics lesson plans using music for kindergarten through first grade can make learning about letter sounds more fun.
Letter Sound and Letter Combination Accuracy, Sound Search Game
Students participate in an activity to identify words with specific letter sounds or letter combinations. In this letter sound/letter combination lesson, students focus on three-letter sounds then identify words in a sound hunt involving an age appropriate magazine, book or newspaper. Students make a list of the words they have found then work as a class to define them.
Make letter-sound correspondence a game using this activity idea. Youngsters work in pairs to drill and practice alphabet sounds, keeping track of their progress on a chart (provided). Working one at a time, each partner flips letter cards, saying the sound and letter. If they get it correct, it goes in the YES pile. If incorrect, it goes in the NO pile. YES and NO labels are included for printing, but the letter cards are not. Partners keep track of their YES and NO numbers on the recording sheets and drill the letters they have trouble with.
Letter Sound Pyramid
Print and laminate this fun game as a way to help your littlest learners build strong phonological awareness. Children pair up, one pulls a picture card, the other says the name of the image and attempts to match the final sound to the letter(s) on his pyramid of letters card. This is a great way to establish the skills needed to be a good reader.
Letter Sound Match
Matching letters to letter sounds can be fun and builds strong phonemic awareness. Kindergarteners take turns matching initial, medial, and final phonemes, to individual graphemes. They pick a card, say its name, then find the letter that makes that sound. If the card is a monkey, then the child finds the letter m, matching the grapheme to the initial phoneme in the word.
Letter Recognition: Poetry Pen
It's always nice to have a great idea and all the tools to make it happen. The class can use these nursery rhyme and alphabet cards to teach each other letter recognition and letter sound correspondence. There is a full set of alphabet and ten different nursery rhyme cards to laminate and use. Kids hold up letter cards while their partner circles all the instances of that letter on his nursery rhyme card.
"Uhh..Did I do that?" - Phonemic Awareness
Students practice using the letter u in order to understand letter-sound correspondence. In this letter-sound correspondence lesson plan, students write, read, and say different words with the letter u in them.
Alphabet Recognition with the Alphabet Band and Express
Students examine different zoo animals and demonstrate alphabet recognition. They use an interactive program to help them with letter-sounds and alphabetical order. They use different children's stories to help with their alphabet.
Learning to write with Alliteration
Students explain what alliteration means. For this language arts lesson, students read excerpts of the book, Thank You for the Thistle. They write a sentence repeating the same letter sound, using adjectives, adverbs, and vivid verbs to lengthen the alliteration.
Great phonics lesson plans can make teaching students to read a whole lot easier, and a lot more enjoyable.