Know the Code: Schwa and the Facts

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If you feel overwhelmed just hearing the word SCHWA, then this is the multisensory lesson for you and your students. This multisensory resource provides powerful information related to the concept of schwa. So often, students ask "BUT WHY?" when it comes to schwa. Quite frankly, many adults know and can identify a schwa, but are at a loss when kids want to know more than the "upside-down "e" represents the schwa sound. This multisensory resource focuses on a higher level skill that is critical for students to understand.

This is a PDF document filled with information, word lists, fun activities, and answer keys for application activities that students can use after to check their work.

A scavenger Schwa hunt is included for students to develop their knowledge and comfort level of Schwa as a concept. Students are provided with 9 Schwa cards each to participate in the game. You will find included in this resource 14 of the same page/ worksheet so teachers only need to print out the amount of pages needed for their students in class. The page is repeated numerous time, not as a filler to the resource, but to reduce the time a teacher needs to reprint the page from the resource.

You will also find a Schwa Rap that can be performed by you and/or your students. I love being silly with my students - imagine a grown woman doing a schwa rap song to 12th graders.It has been my experience, over and over again, that when I laugh and engage in "crazy" fun teaching a concept, the students learn!

If you like this multisensory resource built on the principles of Orton Gillingham and supported by explicit teaching and continual review and reinforcement, this is the resource to use!

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Just to remind you once again before you purchase this resource, there is one activity, the scavenger activity, that has one page repeated, fourteen times, so there is one copy for at least 14 students. This is intentionally done (but the repeated pages are not included in the total amount of pages lists). This has been done to provide a teacher with the option of copying all 14 copies, or to just copy one. My materials are created for one-to-one instruction, small group and mainstream classes. Take a moment to review the preview file before purchasing.

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This multisensory lesson is a great one to use when you are absent, or attending a meeting - your students will benefit from continued focus and development of their cognitive skills, especially in the memory, processing and comprehension!

Please email me with questions you may have. FYI There are answer keys, but not included in the preview file!

If you would like to see other multisensory resources, then please click on the hyperlinks:

Know the Code: Basic Prefixes and Suffixes

40+ Do Now Activities The Orton Gillingham Way

Thank you!
Elizabeth Kenny-Foggin
M. S., M. A., OG-TT (IMSLEC)

Key Terms: dyslexia; Turner Syndrome; speech; IMSLEC; orton; Orton Gillingham; Tutor; tutor; reading; writing; schwa; multisensory; games; tutoring; OG; Elizabeth Kenny; OG lessons; Orton Gillingham skills; Orton; OG-T; Wilson reading; Orton Society; word study; word sort; word work
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Know the Code: Schwa and the Facts