Understanding how speech sounds work is important to the process of learning to read.
This package of worksheets and activities will engage your students in thinking about speech sounds by feeling, hearing, watching and comparing how speech sounds are made.
This multisensory approach encourages the development of phonemic awareness and the associated activities in this pack provide opportunities to establish links between speech sounds and letters.
There are 3 sets each of 24 worksheets in this pack. Each set covers all consonant letters (plus digraphs ‘ch’, ‘sh’ and ‘th’) and their corresponding speech sounds. Notes about each of the speech sounds are provided to stimulate discussion and guide your students in exploring the visual characteristics of and the movements and sensations associated with the sounds. If you have handheld mirrors available, encourage the students to watch themselves make the sounds.
In the first set of worksheets (Phoneme Identification) students identify words beginning with a target consonant from a set of picture cues. (Note: the ‘x’ worksheet focuses on the sound at the end of words).
The second set of worksheets (Sound-Letter Connections) enables students to practice linking the phonemes they hear, see and feel to the letters they write and see in print.
The third set of worksheets (Sound-Letter Match) can be used in a variety of ways, either on their own or in conjunction with cards depicting words beginning with the sound in focus. Color and blackline versions of picture cards to use with the worksheets are provided. Activity instructions/suggestions are included in the pack.