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 (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 and Phonemic Awareness Activities for Halloween (a bony mini book)" provides high-interest, seasonal phonological and phonemic 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.
Training children to pass the few items included on a standardized phonological and phonemic awareness assessment is not enough. Young children need frequent practice manipulating words, syllables, and sounds. This mini book contains 2 sets of 10 items on 35 phonological and phonemic awareness skills (700 total items) and provides sentence-level, word-level, syllable-level, and sound-level practice. Item sets contain a suggested verbal direction, an example, and 10 items for easy data collection with your own data sheet. Tasks are auditory/oral and are meant to be completed quickly.
I have selected two of my favorite children's picture books that celebrate bones for this Halloween mini book. Although these activities can stand alone, they are compatible with "The Skull Alphabet Book" by Jerry Pallotta and "The Bones of Fred McFee" by Eve Bunting. Prep: 1. download this mini book to your digital device or print/bind it for easy use. 2. locate the two picture books (which are NOT INCLUDED with this download).
The phonological and phonemic awareness activities in this mini book are suitable for large groups, small groups, literacy centers, and individuals and provide prospective buyers with an example of my work. Teachers, reading specialists, speech-language pathologists, and parents will find these activities useful for teaching, remediation, enrichment, and informal assessment.