Elkonin Sound Boxes

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PreK - K, Homeschool
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Sound boxes help kids strengthen pre-reading skills by teaching them how to identify and replace phonemes in words. The word “cat”, for instance, has three phonemes: /c/ /a/ and /t/.

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REVISED AND UPDATED!! This mega pack now includes 114 sound boxes giving kids practice sounding out 2, 3 and 4 phoneme words. 

Dana G. said, "I've been using these sound box cards to support my lowest students. They've improved so much since we added this to our daily small group practice."

To play, students say the word out loud normally once and then stretch out the word slowly. They tap their finger (or slide a manipulative) into a box for each phoneme they hear.

For instance, if a child was working on the word “bear”, the process would look like this:

--> “B” (taps the first green box or slides in a manipulative)

--> “ea” (taps the second box or slides in a manipulative)

--> “r” (taps the third box or slides in a manipulative)

Step up the fun by using the sound boxes with a variety of manipulatives: sliding counting chips, driving in Matchbox cars, squishing balls of playdough, clipping small clothespins, sliding LEGO bricks, or writing an X with a dry erase marker.

Children will soon be able to name and replace phonemes in a snap!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).


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