This file includes letter cards (consonants, vowels, vowel teams, digraphs, blends, letter combinations, r-controlled vowels, prefixes, suffixes, and blank cards to add your own) to be used with a sound board in order for students to learn about letters or build words. The vowels are in red, but you can print it in black and white if you don’t want the vowels to be colored. This resource works well with “Road to the Code,” “Making Sense of Phonics,” Fundations, and “Words Their Way.” It can also be used by those trained in Orton-Gillingham practices.
I originally found the Sound Board idea in Blachman’s (e.t. al) “Road to the Code,” phonemic awareness program. The letter card idea came from “Making Sense of Phonics.” Both books provide directions for creating a Sound Board.
To keep things organized, I would print out 6 copies of one set onto card stock. Then, I had volunteers cut them out and paper clip them together by letter(s). I used a bin organizer and labeled each compartment with the feature that matched the cards. I repeated the process with 10 different colors (as pictured above). By having different colors, I could select a different color set of letters for each group. Here’s how I would use it with “Making Sense of Phonics:” Group 1 working on list C5 would have purple cards, Group 2 working on list B4 would have orange cards, and Group 3 working on list E5 would have green cards. In the picture, you can see I have two groups ready to go.
To use the cards, choose the letters you need. Divide each group of letters you choose into a set for each student and clip them (I find the mini-binder clips work best here). Then, when with the students, give the students a sound board and their own set of letters. When done, the students clip their set back together and hand them back to you.
This resource could also be used by those trained in Orton Gillingham practices or those who use Fundations in their classroom. For Fundations, I created a sound board using a file folder with the board on the right and a ziplock bag stapled on the left side with letters inside. I list the words in the weekly newsletter that students need to do for homework. It helps keep everything organized compared to what Fundations offered in their Homework packet.