Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds of a word. It is a foundational skill for reading. Research has shown that students who do not understand that spoken words are made up of separate speech sounds have a great deal of difficulty learning to read. The Doggie, Where's My Bone? activity is fun game for helping students hear sounds in different word positions. For this activity, I use a little dog bone (which I purchased at Walmart), but you can use a bingo chip. Simply say a word and then a sound in the word ("cat" /a/) and the student places the bone either on the head, body or tail to indicate the position of the sound within the word. For students who are a little more advanced, the Doggie Sound Switch activity is provided.
This is one of my STAPLES in phonics - I use these with each and every sound/spelling skill we cover. These cards have a word featuring long e (color-coded) and a matching picture. I place a sticky note on top of the picture & have the students decode the word. They can lift the sticky to check if they're right!
To try it out with your students, click here & pick up a set!
I've written this article for Earth Day to help encourage students to think about what they can do to be environmentally friendly. Read this article with your kiddos on or around Earth Day! Click the pic to get it! Enjoy!
The Clip A Vowel activity is a great activity for your literacy centers for helping students identify the correct vowel sound in words. Those short vowel sounds can be so tricky for our little readers. This activity even has a self-checking feature and can be easily differentiated. For step-by-step directions on how to make your own set of vowel sticks be sure to visit the How to Make Vowel Sticks blog post. You can also download the free pics!