Minimal Pairs: /S/ Blends, Cluster Reduction Phonology

Grade Levels
PreK - 2nd
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Minimal pairs are an effective method for teaching students to discriminate sounds receptively and expressively. The goal of this packet is to let the student see how changing sounds will result in changes in word meaning that impacts communication. Real life activities provide motivation within therapy or during home programming.
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UPDATED in November 2016 to include over 10 pages of new materials.
Pages 6-33 Minimal pairs pictures
Pages 34-40 Activities
Pages 41-47 Minimal pair sentences
Pages 48-54 Rebus stories
Pages 55-61 Minimal pairs memory homework
Page 62 Sorting mat
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*minimal pairs picture contains two sets of the same graphic-one with the targeted sound on the left and one with the targeted sound on the right.

Targeted Minimal Pairs
SP (spare/pear)
ST (stack/tack)
SM (smash/mash)
SN (snow/no)
SC/SK (scan/can)
SL (slip/lip)
SW (sweat/wet)


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Total Pages
62 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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