Elkonin Boxes help students build phonological awareness by guiding them to count the number of sounds in the word and emphasize to them that it does not always translate to the same number of letters).
Elkonin Boxes help students better understand the alphabetic principle in decoding and spelling. Using Elkonin boxes strategically with students in the letter-name phase can help advance a student’s knowledge of spelling. Elkonin boxes help students build phonological awareness by guiding them to count the number of sounds in the words. I have found them helpful in training students to slow down and feel for all of the sounds in the words, especially the ending blends. In addition, students in my class who have been slow to pick up on beginning digraphs (sh, th, ch), are automatically reminded to consider that the sound is represented by two letters and then use the charts in the room to recall which two letters make that sound. Invented spelling is great for writing for several reasons, but I love that Elkonin boxes require students to practice spelling rules and patterns-especially if a teacher can correlate them to the student’s spelling level. For example, Elkonin boxes centered on short vowels, blends and digraphs can be used with students in the letter-name phase and Elkonin boxes centered on long vowel patterns can be used with students in the within word phase of spelling.
As with all picture sorting/Elkonin activities, it is best to introduce the pictures to students before assigning it.
I will be creating more long vowel resources in the future, but for now, my creations have focused on short vowels.
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