Elkonin boxes offer easy-to-use teacher-directed practice for building Phonological Awareness skills. While there are many adaptations for using Elkonin boxes, they were originally designed to be used during the critical pre-reading stage to help children become metacognitively aware of the basic sounds (phonemes) that make up the words we speak and read.
No More On-The-Spot-Thinking for Teachers!
The Everyday Learning Elkonin Box packet includes 26 Task Cards that take students through phonemic segmentation, identification, blending, deletion, and substitution skills. Rather than limit ourselves to the same basic words that can be expressed with clipart, we've carefully selected over 625 unique words.
Our Task Cards provide you with weeks of targeted phonological skill practice. The extensive word lists allow you to use each Task Card over 2 or more days. The activities can be used in large or small instructional groups - or they can be sent home as part of a word work packet.
Why No Pictures?
Simply put: We like to keep our teaching methods pure. By introducing pictures with an oral language task you add an extra layer of thinking to the activity. For young children with undiagnosed visual impairments or visual processing disorders, you may wind up underassessing the child's phonemic ability. For other students, they may get distracted by the clipart thinking, "Should I say 'hog' or 'pig'".
Help For Struggling Readers
In addition to building essential pre-reading skills, Elkonin boxes can be used as part of a remediation plan for struggling readers. Not only do older students enjoy the word play that comes with manipulating oral language, they oftentimes experience great satisfaction and pride as they see themselves succeeding with the deletion and substitution word-based activities.
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