Do you have students who struggle with decoding multi-syllabic words? They appear to not apply what they know about sound/symbol relationships? I tutor many children who have a solid sight vocabulary and use meaning & vocabulary based strategies to successfully figure out many words, yet avoid using phonics because they are unable to blend sounds together or segment individual sounds in words. It's tough to find appropriate instructional materials for these children, as most of what's out there is "babyish."
"Sounds Good" is a game similar to Tic-Tac-Toe in which students read individual words, segment them into individual phonemes, and then match the phonemes to words on a game board. In order to win the game you need to add the last word card to complete a row of five words, so , in addition to practicing phonemic awareness skills,students are using higher level thinking skills as they determine the best placement of each word. Please check the preview for further explanation.
This product includes 666 word cards representing the following phonetic sound/letter pattern categories:
-long and short a
- a = short o, short u, and /aw/
-long and short e
-long and short i
-long and short o
-/aw/ represented by aw, au, & ough
- the 2 sounds of /oo/ represented by oo, ou, ough, ew, & ue
- /ow/ represented by ow & ou
- unusual or silent letter consonant combinations represented
by gn, kn, wr, & ch when it makes the /k/sound
The product also includes a colorful kid-friendly game board, sorting mats for all of the above letter combinations plus 3 blank sorting mats for 2,3, and 4 categories, answer keys for the sorting mats, and a 3 page instructions and "thoughts on phonemic awareness" packet.
After some initial guided instruction to practice phoneme isolation, the "Sounds Good!" game can be set up as a literacy activity for 2 students, or an independent activity with sorting mats.
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by Amy Bratsos
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