This phonics blending activity allows students to touch and drag letters with ease to help them blend sounds to make words. This interactive activity was specifically designed for the SMARTBOARD. The phonics in this SMARTBOARD activity corresponds to Theme 6, Story #1: The Sleeping Pig, of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Series.
Theme 6 - Story 1 focuses on the following phonics: long o with silent e, long u with silent e, final ft, lk, nt, review long i with silent e, and contractions. I have created moveable letters that students can drag around the long o, u and i to form words that have the long o, u and i sounds. After dragging a letter to form a new word, I have the student sound the word out. This phonics activity helps students focus on the long o, u, and i sounds as they blend beginning sounds and say the ending sound that goes with the word.
The final ft, lk, and nt page works differently. The first time I show this activity I model with my pointer. I select one of the beginning sounds. I say the sound. I have the students repeat the sound. Then, I go to the next column or the vowel partner column. I choose a vowel and say the sound of the vowel. The students repeat the sound. I go back to the beginning sound and blend it with the vowel. Then I choose one of the final sounds: ft, lk, or nt. I say the sound. The students repeat the ending sound...then I blend the whole word together. I call on a student to tell me what word I just blended together. Then, I write that word in the WRITE IT column.
You can see an example here: Final ft, lk, nt sample
There are two pages that review basic contractions. On the first page I have pronouns listed such as I, you, she, we and they. On the right side I have the words have, had, will, and would. I model dragging over the word have...and explaining to students that the apostrophe takes the place of a letter or letters in most contractions. I have designed the page so that students can drag the word "have" under the word "I" and the letters h and a will be covered. I explain that an apostrophe must be used in a contraction. Then I drag the red apostrophe in its appropriate place. The second contraction page is very similar...there are just different contractions. Do not is harder to show...because the letter "o" is what gets replaced. I drag over the word "not" and place it next to the word "do". Then, I take the red apostrophe and cover the "o" in the word "not". The apostrophe is designed with a gray box underneath that will cover up a letter...such as o.
You can see an example here: Contraction animation sample
There are 7 pages included in this SMARTBOARD file. Each one corresponds to the phonic sounds in Theme 6 Story #1 of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Series. The last page has each letter of the alphabet. If your students need more of a challenge, you can select a letter or letters from page 7 and then copy and paste them onto another page. This way the students can make more words. So, if I wanted my students to practice and make new words with the long o vowel, I might add the SH digraph to that page. I would copy and paste sh from page 7 and then Students could make a whole bunch of other words with the short u sound.
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