Phoneme Grapheme Mapping Templates (Seasonal) - Science of Reading Aligned

Erin Wing
Grade Levels
2nd - 5th, Homeschool
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Seasonal phoneme grapheme mapping mats for reinforcing sound spelling patterns all year! Phoneme grapheme mapping, also known as word mapping, sound mapping, or sound symbol mapping, is a research-based activity to help students connect speech sounds to the letter or letter combinations that spell those sounds.

Phoneme grapheme mapping…

  • Builds phonemic awareness
  • Supports decoding
  • Strengthens spelling/encoding skills
  • Helps students orthographically map words in their brains, so they can quickly retrieve them when reading.

This resource contains 10 simple seasonal phoneme-grapheme mapping mats, plus one non-seasonal mat to use any time. Each style is included in both black/white and color.

As a reading intervention teacher, I use this tool in my small groups for students to practice phoneme isolation and segmentation skills, along with recently learned phonics patterns. Phoneme grapheme mapping is very helpful, even for older elementary students as they decode and encode larger and more complex words. It helps them build the habit of slowing down and paying attention to each individual sound they hear in words as they read and spell.

These phoneme-grapheme mapping templates were designed mainly for 2nd grade and up, but they can be used with any student who can orally segment and blend words, and who knows the letter sounds being targeted.

Pages contain enough bubbles and boxes to map and graph more complex letter-sound patterns and some short multisyllabic words.

How to use this resource?

Whole Class

  1. Teacher says a word with the phonics pattern or patterns that have been taught.
  2. Students count the sounds they hear. (They can count with their fingers, popper fidgets, chips, or other manipulatives.)
  3. Students color a bubble to represent each sound that they hear in the word.
  4. Students write corresponding letter or letters in the boxes. (One sound per box.)
  5. Students re-write the word on the line.

Centers and Independent Work

  • Write the words you want students to map in the “write the words” section. Students can follow the same routine described above and trace over your highlighted word.

*Optional: Students can color the vowels, circle specific phonics patterns, make a scoop under each syllable, etc.

*This is also an effective tool for learning high-frequency words. –Just discuss and mark the irregular parts of the word. (Many teachers outline or dot the tricky parts in red, or mark them with a heart, to indicate that students need to learn that part of the word by heart.)

See the images and preview for some examples.


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