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.
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