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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Examine phonics expectancies and participate in a reader's theater activity. Learners examine expectancies using visual clues, discuss example words, and match open and closed syllable expectancy. Next, they participate in a reader's theater reading of The Legend of Lightning Larry by Aaron Shepard.
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.