What every teacher should know
Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing
Phonological and Phonemic Awareness: Assignments
Listening for phonemes
Now that you've had a chance to learn about phonemes, let's see if you are able to do the following exercise!
How many phonemes do you hear when I say the words below? Click on the word to hear it spoken, then highlight the line underneath the word "Answer" to see the answer.
Challenge Question: (You can do this one!)
Answer: 6 /h/-/o/-/pe/-/f/-/u/-/l/
Practice blending phonemes into words
Let's practice blending phonemes. We'll use the phonemes from assignment #1, so that you get additional practice with the same sounds.
Phonemic Activities for the Preschool or Elementary Classroom
Activities that stimulate phonemic awareness in preschool and elementary school children are one sure way to get a child ready for reading! Here are eight of them from experts Marilyn J. Adams, Barbara Foorman, Ingvar Lundberg, and Terri Beeler
Plan some fun phonemic awareness activities to play with your students. Here are a few resources to help you get started:
Phonological Awareness: Five Levels of Phonological Awareness
This video focuses on the five levels of phonological awareness: rhyming, alliteration, sentence segmenting, syllable blending, and segmenting. Watch >
Match the Rhyming Objects: Foundations for Phonemic Awareness
Watch as a teacher leads her class through a rhyming lesson. (Published with permission from the Balanced Literacy Diet)
Syllable Suitcase: Foundations for Phonemic Awareness
In this video, a teacher describes a syllable counting activity suitable for learning centers. (Published with permission from the Balanced Literacy Diet)
Phonological Awareness: Word Play
Watch kindergarten teachers conducting phonological awareness activities with students. Watch >
Silly Names Song: Building Phonemic Awareness
Watch as a teacher leads her class through a silly song in which phonemes are substituted. (Published with permission from the Balanced Literacy Diet)
Letters and Sounds
See how one kindergarten teacher helps his students learn about letters and sounds — while having fun. Hmong-American kindergarten teacher in Sacramento mixes serious instruction with lively play for his second language learners.