Letter tiles are an amazing resource that afford teachers endless opportunities and ideas of use. Print out this product and use today--great for tactile and visual learners!
This product includes an uppercase and lowercase alphabet set, with vowels in red for easy identification. It also includes all vowel teams--one set in purple and the other in black.
Directions for use: Print word building tiles on white paper Keep each set of tiles in its own plastic Ziploc bag, or other individual storage device.
For sturdier tiles use cardstock and laminate
Place a label on the back of each tile (purple dot, blue dot, red dot, etc.) this ensures letter sets are not mixed and pieces don’t go missing.
-Letter matching (match upper case with lower case, use letter tile mat, etc.)
-Beginning and ending sounds (use pictures to match letter and its sound with beginning sound or ending sound of a picture)
-Practicing the alphabet (placing letters in alphabetic order)
-Spelling (stretch out sounds in word, pull letters to match the sounds and spell the word)
-Letter Name Game– call out a letter and have the child pull the letter tile that matches the letter you called
-Letter Sound Game—say a letter sound and have the child pull the letter tile that matches the sound you said.
-Sight word practice
-Manipulation of phonemes (Spell the word cat, now change cat to bat, change bat to rat, etc.)
-Decoding—Segment and then blend simple words
Tips for teaching vowel teams:
-ai (long a sound) usually occurs at the beginning or middle of words.
-ay (long a sound) occurs at the end of words.
-oa (long o sound) occurs at the beginning and middle of words.
-Oe (long o sound) very few words have this pattern, oe occurs at the end of words.
-Oy usually occurs the end of words
-Au (short o sound) comes at the beginning or middle of words
-Aw (short o sound) appears at the end of words
-You never divide between the vowel team when dividing for syllables. The vowels are a team and work together.
-Teaching spelling generalizations is a great strategy to help students when it comes to spelling vowel teams. For example you can teach kids ai appears in the middle and end of words, and ay is always at the end.
-Use a multi-sensory approach (using at least three senses—auditory, visual and kinesthetic). Tapping sounds, sky writing, writing in sand boxes, magnetic letters or using plastic counters in Elkonin boxes are all ideas.
-The phrase, “when two vowels go walking, the first does the talking” is not the best strategy to teach, as vowel teams can say different sounds and this rule doesn’t always apply. Instead teach kids both sounds. Have them try both sounds to see which makes the most sense to create a real word.