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What is Mico trying to say? Use a puppet to make this final-phoneme activity more engaging for kindergartners. Using three picture cards at a time (included), they listen to him say a final sound. To which of the three images is he referencing? Be sure kids know what they three images represent before trying this, and increase difficulty by using more cards in each set. The picture cards can be printed in multiple sizes and are full-color. This would work for middle and initial sounds, too.
Take the pressure off young readers by having them practice reading aloud in front of a peer instead of the entire class or an adult. Using a familiar decodable text, pairs take turns reading sentences. The partner who isn't reading follows along silently, helping if needed. They alternate sentences until the entire book is finished and then reverse to read the other sentences. There are extension ideas included in this simple lesson.
Get your scholars excited about phonemes using Mico the puppet; they use the picture cards to examine three words at a time. Mico says the ending sound of one of the words, and learners determine which of them is a match. You'll want to be sure they know what word each picture represents to keep this objective clear. Readers sound out the word, segmenting the last sound to encourage letter-sound correspondence and phoneme recognition. These picture cards are fantastic and printable in multiple sizes!
First graders match different pictures to the correct beginning and ending sounds they go with. In this sound lesson plan, 1st graders will use the computer program Kid Pix to go through a variety of pictures. They then match the picture to the correct beginning or ending sound that they are asked.
Develop fluency with a variety of works. Help kindergartners use multiple strategies to understand text and decoding. They will create an alphabet poem book on Kid Works 2 to illustrate and write their own poem. In the end, they will record themselves reading their poem.
Kindergarteners and first graders explore writing correct sentences. They draw a picture and use letter/sound knowledge to sound out words to write a sentence about the picture. Learners share the picture and the sentence with the class.
A little song goes with every letter in the alphabet. This video goes along with the Jolly Phonics vowels video as the songs for the vowels are repeated. Small actions are described for each letter as well to make this video interactive and kinesthetic.
F-u-n spells fun. It is a simple word that little learners can sound out as they build phonemic awareness and those early reading skills. This short scripted lesson provides teachers with the basics for teaching how to sound out words.
Students create a computer page of their own name in both upper and lower case letters to review the order of letters in the alphabet. They must scroll through the alphabet using an alphabet template on Kidpix then find the letters for their first and last name.
Kids use their phonological know how to identify and segment onset and rime blends. Double rime picture cards (cat and hat) are chosen, then matched to onset cards that make each word, such as /k/ sound for cat and /h/ sound for hat. Onset and double rime picture cards are included.
Great phonics lesson plans can make teaching students to read a whole lot easier, and a lot more enjoyable.
Activate those pre-reading skills with a fun activity. Kids pull word cards out of a bag, they then write the final letter sound they hear when they say the name of the image on the card. Letter cards are not included but can be found online.
Kindergartners begin to recognize letter names. They demonstrate fine motor skills through cutting and pasting, and they also become familiar with parts of books and their functions.
First graders practice with beginning consonant sounds, including identifying initial consonants and matching letter sounds to their corresponding letters. They recognize beginning consonant sounds by reading and listening to a story that highlights select words.
In this letter sounds instructional activity, learners listen to a family member say each word to their child with short pauses between the letters. The student then repeats the letter sounds back. Both adult and student repeat the process again.
Phonics is a fundamental key to reading success. To help your learners with dyslexia or learning disabilities, try using the phonic alphabetic code chart. The chart and full instructions on how it can be used in the classroom are presented in audio, video, and written formats. The technique is simple, but has been proven highly effective in increasing phonemic awareness in struggling students.
Match initial phonemes to practice recognizing the sounds made by the letters w and x. Early readers circle all of the objects that begin with either an x or a w, then trace each letter several times. Try a fun variation by having learners color the objects that match with the initial letter sound.
Kids see, say, then count the phonemes they hear in a series of simple words. They practice counting phonemes with the teacher, then sound out the same word on their own. As they count each phoneme they write it down on their paper. A great way to connect reading and writing.
Here is a quick and easy guide to help a new teacher build phonics lessons for students with dyslexia. It stresses the importance of fundamental basics while also providing clear and direct instructional practices that will help you approach phonics in your classroom.
Practice the strategy of letter-sound correspondence when identifying the short vowel /i/ sound in written and spoken words. The teacher recites the tongue twister "Icky insect is in icky sticky ink," while listeners repeat. Letter boxes are then used to create words. The book Tin Man Fix It can be read in groups to reinforce the phonemes and blends rehearsed earlier.