Looking for literature-based phonological awareness activities for fall? I have selected ten of my favorite children's picture books that celebrate early autumn with these autumn themes: End of Summer, Scarecrows, Harvest, Leaves, and Apples. Although these activities can stand alone, they are compatible with these ten picture books which are: "Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe" by Vera B. Williams, "Maple & Willow Apart" by Lori Nichols, "The Little Scarecrow Boy" by Margaret Wise Brown, "Barn Dance" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, "Ox-Cart Man" by Donald Hall, "Our Apple Tree" by Gorel Kristina Naslund, "Fletcher and the Falling Leaves" by Julia Rawlinson, "Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf" by Lois Ehlert, "Apple Picking Time" by Michele Benoit Slawson, and "Apple Cider Making Days" by Ann Purmell.
"Literature-Based Phonological Awareness Activities for Early Autumn" includes 1300 items...10 sets (one per picture book) of 10 items on these 13 phonological awareness skills: counting words in phrases, producing words in sentences, sequencing 3-5 words into sentences, counting syllables in words, deleting initial syllables from words, deleting final syllables from words, adding a syllable to another syllable, reversing syllables in words, substituting syllables, recognizing rhyme in word pairs, recognizing non-rhyming words, matching rhyming words, and producing rhyming words.
Item sets contain a suggested verbal direction, an example, and 10 items for easy data collection with your own data sheet. Items should be given at a rapid rate. When a child struggles with an item, provide the answer. Reviewing missed items at a later time will reinforce learning.
PREP: 1. Download this book to your digital device or print/bind it for easy use. 2. Locate the ten picture books (which are NOT INCLUDED with this download).
The phonological awareness activities in this book are suitable for large groups, small groups, literacy centers, and individual learners. Teachers, reading specialists, speech-language pathologists, and parents will find these activities useful for teaching, remediation, enrichment, and informal assessment. A companion book entitled "Literature-Based Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Autumn" features a total of 2200 phonemic awareness items that are compatible with the same ten autumn stories.
WHY TEACH PHONOLOGICAL AND PHONEMIC AWARENESS? Reading instruction that focuses on building student skills in background knowledge, oral language, vocabulary, print concepts, phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, word analysis strategies, and reading fluency helps create successful and confident listeners, speakers, readers, writers, and spellers. When we teach children to hear, identify, and manipulate words, syllables, and sounds in the absence of accompanying visual input (i.e., print), we are building their phonological and phonemic awareness skills. Teaching phonological and phonemic awareness as a part of reading instruction is an evidence-based practice.
Phonological (sentence/word/syllable) and phonemic (sound) awareness activities are often referred to as sound play, word play, or listening games. Phonological and phonemic awareness activities are auditory/oral tasks (in contrast to phonics tasks which involve printed material).
"Literature-Based Phonological Awareness Activities for Early Autumn" provides high-interest, seasonal phonological awareness activities with a focus on the quality children's picture books and vocabulary enrichment that our youngest learners need. Furthermore, the rich and varied vocabulary included in the selected picture books helps build the background knowledge that students will need as they become readers and writers.