Phonics Small Groups: Letter ID, Letter Sounds, CVC Initial Sounds, Rhyming

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  1. This bundle of 40 mini lessons includes everything teachers need to provide engaging instruction of kindergarten phonics skills in small groups. There are detailed lesson plans, multiple games, student activity pages, and assessment check lists with if/then menus to help you see exactly where your s
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Foundational skills are so important for future success as readers. These 20 mini lessons were designed to use both visual and verbal cues to support growth in letter ID, letter sounds, beginning, middle vowel, and ending sounds (CVC), onset and rime blending, and syllable ID. This resource is set 1 in a pair of resources. Click on the link below to see set 2:

Phonics Small Groups: Medial and Ending Sounds, Onset and Rime, Syllables

This resource is beneficial for students because it allows us to differentiate the skills we teach in small groups. Not all students need the same mini lesson, so this resource allows us to choose which skill set we want to focus on while also spiraling skills that we have previously taught. Students of all ability levels will be able to benefit from the mini lessons in this resource.

Not only do the games included engage students, but they also help teachers with planning center or station activities. The games can and should be used outside of the mini lesson as a part of students' literacy center time for further reinforcement of skills.

These mini lessons and activities allow teachers to supplement ANY phonics/phonemic awareness curriculum or program that they currently use in their classrooms. It is designed to support skills taught using the Common Core State Standards in the Foundational Skill strand of Reading. It can be used for reteaching or expanding upon skills you teach using other programs.

Included in this resource are the following:

Small Group Lesson Plans for 20 Mini Lessons

-There are 4 small group lesson plans that span over 20 mini lessons

-Each lesson plan will be used 5 times as those mini lessons focus on similar skill sets

-The main skill sets taught in this set of mini lessons are letter ID, letter sounds, beginning or initial sound ID, and rhyming word ID and production

20 Mini Lesson Visual Cue Slides

-Each mini lesson will use its corresponding slide for visual cues

-Display the slides on your screen using a projector, or print a use under a document camera

8 Small Group Games

-There are 2 games per skill set, with this resource focusing on 4 main skill sets

-Games are designed to be played after teaching a mini lesson and can later be put out on their own as centers!

16 Student Response Sheets

-There are 4 response sheets per skill set, designed to use over time to track progress

-Response sheets should be used as formative assessments to monitor growth or check for reteaching

9 Skill-Based Checklists

-These checklists can be used to score response sheets to track data over time, or can be used during a mini lesson as it's own formative assessment in real time

-Put in a page protector to use them over and over again as you continue to teach the mini lessons

If/Then Menu

-Students who are not making typical progress can be supported with strategies from the menu

-Use when reteaching or tracking for common errors

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)


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