- MS Department of Education: Literacy Focus of the Month – September (Elementary) Phonological Awareness and Phonics
The literacy focus for September is Phonological Awareness and Phonics.
Explicit Phonics Routine: In this video segment, the teacher demonstrates the steps of an explicit phonics instructional routine. This and other strategies that support phonological awareness and phonics can be found in the September section of the MDE Literacy Focus of the Month Manual.
- Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Resources: Hand motions
Printed resources to use with phonological awareness activities and a video modeling the hand motions to use when segmenting and blending phonemes.
- Early Literacy: Phonological Awareness: Neuhaus Education Center
Neuhaus Educational Center’s “Phonological Awareness” video is the second in a three-part training series. It models phonological awareness activities in the order of difficulty. For example, the first activity is identifying long words and short words then the video moves to clapping and counting the number of syllables. The video continues to move through the levels of difficulty from rhyming, segmenting and blending words, to finally deleting and substituting sounds.
- REACH Workshop Series: Phonological Awareness
In this video, REACH classroom teachers model best practices for phonological awareness instruction.
- Sound Skills Review: Building Up to Phonemic Awareness
Reviewing various sounds skills including rhyming, syllable identification, and phonemic awareness skills (blending and segmenting individual sounds in words) solidifies students’ understanding of the sound structure of spoken words. (Caution: The teacher uses phonics at the end of the review by writing letters for the sounds.)
- Teaching Phoneme Segmentation
Julie Van Alst explains what is phoneme segmentation and models 4 activities for teaching this skill.
- What Rhymes with this Picture?: Exploring Rhymes Orally and in Writing
Students decide if their objects rhyme with a picture and then compare written rhyming words.
- The Hungry Hungry Rhyming Monster:
Allowing students to generate rhymes to feed a hungry monster is a fun way to build awareness of the sound structure of spoken language.
- Fishing for Syllables:
This video models an explicit introduction about what syllables are and how to count them.
- Syllable Suitcase:
Teacher describes an extension activity to develop syllabication.
- Where’s the Sound?: Listening for Beginning, Middle, and End Sounds
Students build essential skills in phonemic awareness by listening to individual sounds in spoken words and identifying the sound of the week in a given word during the playing of a game.
- Take One Thing From the Box
Students practice hearing the sound structure of spoken words as they take mysterious objects out of a box.
- Pound and Sound: Helping Students Hear and Blend Phonemes
Students use a fun kinesthetic strategy to isolate and blend phonemes in words.