Phonics Genius

Readers at any level who are practicing phonics will benefit from a highly customizable set of features designed for instruction and practice. The extensive library of phonemes and exemplar words covers sounds from the a in cat to the zh in usual, and everything in between. Click on a listed phoneme, listen to it read in a variety of words, and also record yourself reading the words. Not enough there for you? Simply add your own words and phonemes. 

Pre-K - 5th English Language Arts 171 Views 103 Downloads
CCSS: Adaptable
App Overview

This app can be adapted for a variety of needs, all of which are described when you touch the icon. Or, jump right in and click on the gear in the upper-right corner to make the app your own.

  • Adjust appearance, such as capitalization, font size, and color
  • Add, edit, or delete phoneme categories and word selections
  • Select whether or not you want sound, and when you want it
  • Loop content or have the user control manually
  • Decide whether words should appear alphabetically, randomly, or in an order you select

While looking at a phoneme, select the star to make it show up in a Favorite folder (found on the last page to the right). To jumble all words, select the Shuffle wand on the last page.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Partner-up students to take turns listening to and reading the phonemes they are practicing
  • Work with a small group to do choral recordings of each word
  • Record the week's spelling or vocabulary words on the app as a simple way to practice
Classroom Considerations

In order to hear sounds, you'll need headphones plugged into the tablet. Alternately, you can plug into a speaker system for the whole class to hear.

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Pros

  • Highly customizable 
  • Extensive library of phonemes with corresponding words
Cons

  • Text box pops up periodically