Decoding Drills and Strategies: Letter Sounds {Phonics Fast Reads}

Hollie Griffith
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  1. This is the bundle of my daily phonics drills. Click on the individual units for a more in depth look at what is included in this bundle. Read about how I use these Fast Reads in my classroom HERE!Phonics Fast Reads: Letter Recognition and IdentificationThe first set of Fast Reads reinforces letter
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These Letter Sound Phonics Fast Reads are perfect for students who are working to identify and blend letter sounds quickly and automatically. These letter sound task cards are introduced in a sequence that promotes blending and segmenting words as soon as possible. Right away, students learn that letters and combinations of letters make up sounds and words. As students master a level, they move to the next. Each level introduces four new letter sounds and reviews the previous sounds learned. There are seven levels total.

Included in the bundle:

Level 1 - a, m, t, s

Level 2 - i, f, d, r - spiral review

Level 3 - o, g, l, h - spiral review

Level 4 - u, c, b, n - spiral review

Level 5 - k, e, v, w - spiral review

Level 6 - j, p, y - spiral review

Level 7 - x, q, z - spiral review

Who should use these Fast Reads?

I created these cards for a few specific first grade students in my own classroom. These students know most of their letters and sounds but struggle to identify the sounds quickly and automatically. They are also struggling with blending letters to form words. These students know that letters represent sounds and that they can blend those letters to form words, but they do so very slowly.

I also created these cards for my own child who is in kindergarten. She is just beginning to take off. She still doesn’t know all of her sounds, so these cards are great practice as she begins to identify sounds and blend letters to form words.

The Research

I created these Fast Reads as a way to improve fluency. According the the National Reading Panel, a few things are critical of good reading instruction.

-Explicit instruction in phonemic awareness

-Systematic phonics instruction

-Methods to improve fluency

How do I use these cards in my classroom?

-Use them with individual students.

-Use them as a warm up in guided reading groups.

-Send them home with parents as a tool to practice at home.

-These cards are perfect for parent volunteers. It takes all of the guess work out of instruction.

How do I prepare the Fast Reads?

I like to print on cardstock and combine the cards with a metal ring at the top corner. If you are printing them so that individual students can take them home, you can print on white paper and staple the side.

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