Phonology Teacher Resources
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Phonology: The Sound Patterns of Language
Use this straightforward and informative phonology presentation in your speech and language class. Addressing the finer points of phonetics such as palatization and consonant assimilation, this is a great way to provide your students with the necessary information. A list of references at the end of the slideshow could be helpful as well.
Phoneme Closed Sort
Build phonological awareness in your little learners. They use a pocket chart to sort picture cards based on the number of phonemes each has. Large number cards and 48 picture cards are included in this packet.
Say and Slide Phonemes
Develop phonological awareness using this partner activity which has youngsters segmenting words into phonemes. Using the provided Elkonin Box picture cards, pairs practice orally segmenting sounds and physically representing the phonemes using counters. Partner A says the word in phonemes and Partner B repeats the phonemes as they place a chip for each below the picture. Each picture has the exact number of phoneme boxes below it. For an added challenge, kids can use the template to create their own Elkonin Box.
Set up a listening center, record the provided script, and see how well your class can manipulate phonemes based on the instructions you've provided. This center-based activity builds the phonological awareness and phoneme manipulation kids need to become good future readers.
Phonological Awareness - Phoneme Segmenting and Blending
Emergent readers use the illustrated templates provided with this resource to practice segmenting words into phonemes and blending phonemes together into words. Additional templates provide opportunities to identify similar initial, final, and medial phonemes. Objectives, materials lists, and activity directions are also included.
Rhyming is fun, builds phonemic awareness, and is a tried and true pre reading skill. This complete and ready to print activity helps learners match words that rhyme. This game includes instructions and 36 rhyming pair cards. Kids flip the cards and say the name of the item they see, if it matches they say, rhyme time and keep the pair. Super fun and super effective.
Phonological Awareness/Beginning Sounds
Students participate in a Scavenger hunt, make a picture book and complete Internet activities in order to study beginning sounds. They develop phonological awareness of beginning sounds while working with words in these lessons.
Rhyme Flip Book
This rhyme book activity may look confusing at first, but it's really quite simple. Everything you'll need is right here and ready to use. Kids cut out and staple the pages of their own rhyme books. The only folds they will make are the top margin, which is labelled to be folded down. They staple together, then find two images that rhyme. There will be a blank third box for each pair of images, so scholars draw another image that fits into the same rhyme. They color code their rhymes using a crayon and drawing a line through the three images. This is a great idea!
Rhymes are a great way to help your scholars with phonemic awareness and word relationships. Kids work with partners to match cards from a stack to their rhyming counterparts on a game board. There are six different boards, so this will stay interesting as kids play several rounds. Simply cut out the image cards and laminate the game boards. Pairs take turns flipping and matching cards until someone fills their sheet! You'll find everything you need here to conduct a fun and engaging lesson.
Old and Middle English
“The Lord’s Prayer” provides the text for a study of how language changes. Using the provided link, young linguists examine the prayer in Old and Middle English and compare how the diction, syntax, and phonology have evolved over the years. The exercise could also be used as part of a study of jargon, slang, and other more rapidly changing language varieties.
Here is another fun and engaging way to help youngsters build phonological awareness. In pairs, they use the provided picture cards to sound out segments of words. As they slide the picture together they say a segment of the corresponding word. Tip: It may be beneficial to write the phonetic segments on the actual picture, that way learners will see what they are saying and build a stronger letter blend connection. Everything is included, just print and play.
Drop and Say
This is a neat idea that gets kids using phonics and puzzle solving skills. In pairs, they take turns picking picture cards from a pile. They say the name of the object on the card then drop a letter to turn that word into a new word. They look for the new word on their game board. Whoever fills up their board fist wins. Cool game!
Rhyme Memory Match
Little ones play a memory matching game to practice recognizing rhyming words and sounds. With the provided cards, they attempt to say the name and a rhyming match to win. These cards just need to be printed and laminated prior to use.
Rhyme Closed Sort
You'll find everything you need here for a rhyming lesson plan that appeals to both visual and kinesthetic learners! Place the four picture cards (snake, snail, tree, bat) across the top of a pocket chart. Learners take turns choosing from a face-down stack of picture cards and sort them beneath the word they rhyme with. They practice this skill further by saying each picture's rhyming word already in that column. While this is most easily organized in a pocket chart, it can also be done on any flat surface. There are ideas and materials here for extensions!
Rhyming is fun and it helps build phonological awareness that is key in early reading. Learners use a pocket chart and a set of 40 cards that make 20 rhyming sets to practice recognizing rhyming words. Peer one picks a card from a bag and peer two finds its match on the pocket chart. They take turns until all the cards are with their rhyming partner.
Everything you'll need to conduct a fun and interactive rhyming activity is available here. A game board, number cube (dice), picture cards and instructions to guide your class on a rhyme adventure. They roll to move, and work to rhyme a word with the card they draw from the pile. This is a great way to prepare little ones for reading.
Make a phonic train filled with matching initial phonemes. Early readers say the name of the objects on each of their cards, identify the initial letter sounds or phoneme, then paste them on a train. They make three trains, which means they're not only matching sounds, they're sorting them too.
Onset and Rime: Rime House
Are you covering onset and rime with budding readers? Find everything you'll need for an interactive activity that appeals to visual and kinesthetic learners! This is teaching at its best with minimal set-up and maximum opportunity for learning. Kids examine six "rime house" work boards, each with an image at the top. Working with a partner, they take turns segmenting the onset and rime of each top image. Then, they pick cards (included) and place them on the correct rime house. Pairs continue sorting until all cards are gone.
Play letter sound detective with your class, and snoop out sounds, onsets, blends, and rhyme. Included in this packet are several image cards, full instructions, and even a cut out detective hat. In pairs, children take turns choosing a card from the pile, as they sound out part of the word, their partner attempts to figure out which word card they are holding. A perfect activity for early readers ready for some fun.
One Card Out
Remember the song, "One of These Things is not Like The Other?" Well, this phonemic awareness activity is just like that. The only difference is that learners work to determine which initial phoneme is not like the others on the chart. They say each word and place a NO symbol over the image that does not match the other two. A great learning activity that can be done as a class or at a learning center.