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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
How fast can you go? Test scholars' letter sound recognition with a timed game. Using letter cards of all the letters you've learned so far, learners take turns flipping cards and correctly saying the letter sound. Model this first, showing learners how you want them to move quickly and accurately. Can they finish the stack without a mistake? There isn't much to this activity, however it is something you can add letters to and use for quick practice. Extend to phoneme blends and CVC finally words.
While this memory game activity doesn't include the necessary cards, it's still a great way to engage little ones in letter sound recognition. Provide a set of images and letter cards, lay them face down (like memory), they flip the cards over and attempt to see if the letter matches the first sound of their image card. They are timed while they do this, in order to build accuracy and fluency.
Students practice working with beginning letter sounds. In this phonics instructional activity, students state the letter sound that their name starts with, read a book about beginning letter sounds and complete a worksheet.
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.
What a fun way to practice medial sound-letter correspondence! All the parts are provided to conduct this kinesthetic alphabet activity which has kids determining the medial sound of various images and matching it to the corresponding letter. Simply cut out and set up the train images (provided) and write the target letter on the engine (for this one it's the letter i). Learners flip cards, determine the medial sound, and place it on one of the train cars if it matches. Do this with any letter!
Little ones spin their way to letter sound fluency. Working in pairs, they use the provided set of spinners to play a letter sound correspondence game. Each child is timed, during their time they spin the spinner and make the sound of the letter they land on. For each sound the make correctly they add a counter in their cup, at the end of the game they count up their chips to see who wins. This resource includes several spinner variations, a fun way to build phonemic awarness.
As youngsters are learning letter sound relationships, create a fun class project to engage and bring them together in the process. Using digital tools, kids document and present various objects beginning with letters of the alphabet. Start by reading The Letters Are Lost (or any illustrated ABC book for that matter) discussing how the pictures start with the same sound as each letter. Pick a few letters and come up with examples together of words beginning with this sound. Now is the fun part! Scholars each choose a letter from the alphabet bucket and take a picture of an object with this initial phoneme. You help download each image and present a digital ABC book your class will be proud of.
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.