- Elkonin boxes can be used to teach phonemic awareness by having
students listen for individual sounds and marking where they hear them
in the boxes.
- Each box in an Elkonin box card represents one phoneme, or sound.
- Elkonin boxes are a physical segmentation of words into phonemes.
- I make my boxes a bit longer when a digraph or blend is involved because it fixes the spelling in a child’s mind.
- There are many activities that teachers can do with Elkonin boxes,
but the main activity teachers usually use them for is to ‘stretch’ out
words, identify similar or different sounds and then guess at spelling.
- I’ve made an alphabetical list of some of the more popular words for kindergarten and first grade.
- You can use them as skill sheets or run them off and laminate them and use them as a center activity, or flashcards.
- Students can use counters, chips, or unifix cubes to mark the boxes
or run the masters off on copy paper and have students use a bingo dot
marker or write in the letters.
- There’s also a writing master where students are given a word to break down and then use that word in a sentence.