Lesson Plans and Activities for Teaching Phonics Want to try phonics in your classroom but don't know where to start? These free resources, including lessons and activities, will help you use phonics to promote reading success. Professional Development Resources Explicit Systemic Phonics by Wiley Blevins (PDF) This detailed article describes the critical components of a good phonics lesson. Preventing Reading Failure This Q&A provides information on how to integrate phonics lessons with teaching reading. Decoding Multisyllabic Words by Wiley Blevins This article from Instructor Magazine provides the information you need to start teaching your class about syllable spelling patterns. Professional Workshop Review our summer workshop, "Supporting Emergent Literacy: Developing Story Language Phonemic Awareness, and Phonics." Spelling Strategies: Make Smart Use of Sounds and Spelling Patterns This article from Instructor Magazine offers advice on how to build phonemic awareness as a base for spelling skills. Online Activities Which Letter?
Phonics Free printable worksheets © Contributed by Leanne Guenther There are differences in opinion about whether using phonics is useful in teaching children to read. My personal opinion is that everyone learns differently -- try a variety of things with your kids until you find what works for them. When approaching word families, I like to learn them in sets that have some commonality (for example, short a sounds or long e sounds). I also try to keep word families that are too similar in different groups (example, I wouldn't do the "long a" /air/ and /are/ word families together). Anyways, here are the Word Family sets as I would suggest combining them. Word Family Sets Lower Case Letters Flash Cards a thru f (color) (B&W) g thru l (color) (B&W) m thru r (color) (B&W) s thru x (color) (B&W) y and z (color) (B&W)
Learn to Read: Free Phonics worksheets, Phonics Games, Phonics Activities and Phonics Flashcards Phonics Flashcards Activities CVC Flashcards -with uppercase alphabets CVC Flashcards -with lowercase alphabets Long vowel (magic E) flashcards -with lowercase alphabets R Controlled words flashcards Lowercase LettersUppercase LettersAlphabet Train GameAlphabet Ordering Games Kids Phonics learning games: Phonics Games To link to this page, copy the following code to your site: <a href=" Wilson - Ten Simple Phonics Activities Requiring Little Preparation The Internet TESL Journal Matthew Wilsoneducationaladvisor [at] gmail.comSendai Board of Education, (Sendai, Japan) Introduction Getting students to discover and practice the connections between letters and the sounds they represent should be an important part of any English class routine. The following activities can be adjusted to meet different levels and adapted to fit into any timeframe. The following are ten activities that can assist you in practicing phonics at any point in your lesson: Letters on the Board At first, the teacher writes some letters on the board. Speed Reading Write a number of words on the board. Battleship Phonics This is based on the popular game Battleship. Phonics Bingo Write a good number of sounds on the board, e.g., pha, ma, la, ga. Criss-cross Phonics All the students stand up. Missing Sound Draw or show an image on the blackboard. Two Sounds Good to practice sound distinction. Beginning/Middle/End Ball and Cap Game The students pass around a hat and a ball.
Phonemic Awareness Assessment Tools Recognizing Rhyme Assessment Here are two different versions of the Rhyming Assessment tool: Recognizing Rhyme Assessment NO QuickTime movie version Recognizing Rhyme Assessment QuickTime version: Watch Patti do a demonstration of the rhyme assessment.) Isolating Beginning Sounds Isolating Final Sounds Phoneme Blending Assessment Phoneme Blending Assessment (No QuickTime required) Phoneme Blending Assessment (QuickTime movie version: Watch Patti demonstrate the assessment.) Yopp-Singer Test of Phonemic Segmentation (No QuickTime required)
82 Free Phonics Flash Cards Download your phonics flash cards here. It may take a second New! What do our 82 flash cards accomplish? I had so much fun working with the pictures that they are really way beyond colorful. On the flip side of these pictures you will find 8 consonant sounds, 6 vowel sounds, 4 special English sounds, and 2 r-affected vowel sounds. What makes these 20 sounds tough? “A as in the letter name” and “j as in jam” are a whole different story. 5 different letters or letter groups can make the j sound. How we play with the cards. To play: arrange all the cards in rows, letter(s) side up. Format: Sound "as in" name of card photo: letters to spell sound 1. f as in fish: f, ph, gh 2. g as in Grammie: g, gh, gu or gue 3. j as in jaguar, ge, gy, gi, dge 4. k as in kite: k, ck, c, ch, que 5. n as in night: n, kn, gn 6. r as in rabbit: r, wr, rh 7. s as in sunset : s, ce, ci, cy, se, ss 8. u as in umbrella: u, ou in ough, o 9. z as in zebra: z, s, se 10. 18. oo as in “uhps!”
Lesson Plan: Phonemic Awareness, Say it and Move It Most people have never heard of a part of the reading process called Phonemic Awareness. Everyone knows that phonics is the actual sounds of the letters. Phonemic awareness is carrying this a step further and putting the letters together. Some people learn this with little practice, while others have to be taught. This is a lesson plan showing a teacher or parent how to help a child in the active learning of phonemic awareness. A lesson plan is of course broken down into the objective, what materials you will need, what the activity is that is being carried out, and how you are going to evaluate whether or not the child understood the lesson and achieved the objective. Lesson Plan for Phonemic Awareness Objective: Students will complete a phonemic awareness activity, clapping out the distinct sounds, and counting the sounds in specific words. Activity: The teacher or parent will explain that letters and sounds are different in words. Here is an example of how this game would be played.
Popplet and Pizza So how does a pizza and attacking multi-syllabic words go together you are wondering? You don't eat a whole pizza at once, in one bite and if you don't know a long word (multi-syllabic word) you don't try to read the whole thing at once. You break it down (slice it up like a pizza) and read it (eat it) bite by bite! It's gotta be in kid language so they get it! :) My groups in grades 1-3 need a lot of practice with breaking words into syllables to try to read them. The kids are interested in anything done on the iPads, of course. With this app, you can create as many Popplets, or boxes, as you need. My first grade groups needed to go back and do some more work on story events. Students did a quick sketch in each box to represent what they would write about on their B-M-E page. I can see we will be using Popplet a lot!
Understanding and Assessing Fluency Let's cut through the buzz around fluency and review what reading fluency is, why it is essential to ensure that our students have sufficient fluency, how fluency should be assessed, and how to best provide fluency practice and support for our students. We'll start by defining fluency. While the National Reading Panel's definition of fluency as the ability to read text with accuracy, appropriate rate, and good expression (NICHD, 2000) is widely accepted among fluency researchers, these experts continue to debate the more subtle aspects of fluency (Stecker, Roser, and Martinez, 1998; Wolf and Katzir-Cohen, 2001). However it is defined, this much is certain: Fluency is necessary, but not sufficient*, for understanding the meaning of text. When children read too slowly or haltingly, the text devolves into a broken string of words and/or phrases; it's a struggle just to remember what's been read, much less extract its meaning. Student placed vocal emphasis on appropriate words.
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