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 1.  Print awareness
 2.  The sounds of speech
 3.  Phonemic awareness
 4.  Phonics
 5.  Informal classroom-based assessment
 6.  Fluency
 7.  Vocabulary
 8.  Spelling
 9.  Writing
 10.  Text comprehension

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Module 3  –  Phonemic awareness

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1. Which of the tasks listed below can be used to build phonemic awareness in young children?
a. segmenting words
b. blending words
c. both A and B
d. neither A nor B

2. Phonemic awareness activities are primarily:
a. oral
b. written
c. silent
d. all of the above

3. (Identify the phonemic awareness activity or activities) The child is asked to__________________:
a. recognize the individual sounds in a word
b. combine sounds to form a word
c. break a word into separate sounds
d. all of the above

4. Phoneme blending calls on a child to:
a. listen to a set of sounds and then combine those sounds to form a word. (Child is asked to merge the sounds /m/ /a/ /p/ into a word. Child replies, "map"
b. break a word into separate sounds
c. identify the first sound in the words star, sun, and sea
d. none of the above

5. Which of the following is an example of phoneme segmentation?
a. a child telling his teacher that the first sound in run is /r/
b. a child sounding out an unknown word ("/b/ /e/ /s/ /t/ ... best")
c. a child telling his teacher there are four sounds in truck, /t/ /r/ /u/ /ck/
d. A child telling his teacher that the last sound in cup is /p/

6. Phoneme blending is:
a. breaking a word into individual parts
b. combining individual sounds to form a word
c. changing the middle sound in a word to form a new word
d. all of the above

7. Which child displays knowledge of phonemic awareness?
a. Adam, who writes his name in cursive
b. Ashely, who combines separate sounds to form a word
c. Abigail, who knows letter names
d. Aaron, who sees a Burger King sign and says,

8. Phonemic awareness is one part of ____________, which also includes activities on phonemes, rhymes, syllables, and more:
a. phonological awareness
b. text comprehension
c. print awareness
d. all of the above

9. A child who changes the beginning sounds to /b/ in the song "Happy Birthday," thus singing "Bappy Birthday bo boo..." displays knowledge of:
a. rhyme awareness
b. phonemic awareness
c. lyric awareness
d. none of the above

10. Which task might you find on a phonemic awareness assessment? The child ____________:
a. reads a story aloud
b. sings the ABC song
c. answers comprehension questions
d. blends a set of sounds into a word

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