Phonics Variant Vowel Phonograms au, aw, all, & ar Practice #1 Blackline
This literacy center is perfect for first and second grade students that need extra help in decoding words. These variant vowel phonograms are some of the hardest to learn. This center will give needed repetition for small group interventions such as RTI, ESL, Resource, and Dyslexia classes. It of course can be used in a regular first or second grade classroom with much success. Use in a small group or a word work phonics center. Actually you can do both successfully!
Easy Preparation: (Make the number of copies needed for your situation.) I make one copy of the title page and glue it on a manila envelope to be used in storing the contents for organizational purposes. I make three copies of the puzzle cards because I pair-share these. I make several copies of the recording sheets, I make 6 copies of the Phoneme Sound Chant Cards, 6 copies of the Sound Match Cards, 6 copies of the Four Fluency Fun Laps, 6 copies of the au, aw, all, and ar Sentence Practice Cards and 6 copies of the word pages. I make only 1 copy of the Answer Sheets, Picture Show Boards, and Directions. I laminate all of it.
Au, aw, all, & ar Puzzle Picture Cards Make the number of copies needed for your teaching situation. Then laminate for durability and cut around the checked border of each puzzle card. Next, cut along the dotted line in the middle of each card creating two puzzle parts. Store in baggies labeled with the sound.
Teaching Help: This puzzle literacy product works great in a word center or in a small intervention group.
I teach 6 students at a time. I make 3 copies of the puzzle picture cards. At first I pick one of the sounds, like ar. I introduce it by saying a-r says “ar” as in car! I drive my car with my hands and I say “a-r, ar, ar, ar!” I would show the picture puzzle card of the car and put the 2 puzzle parts together. I would go through all the puzzle cards for ar.
Then I would talk about a-l-l by showing the sound card of the ball. And say the chant and do the motions.
We would do all the word puzzles for a-l-l with me in control of the pictures. Then I would give a set of ar picture cards and all picture cards all mixed up, to 3 pairs of students. I would let them work together to put the mixed up puzzle pieces together. Then together they would fill out the recording sheets.
After working with these 2 variant vowel phonograms I would continue with au, and next aw activities in a similar manner.
As a teacher I am segmenting the onset from the rime part of the word. Research shows that phonics and phonemic awareness benefit from each other. The combination of blending and segmenting sounds and learning sound-spelling relationships has proven to be very powerful. (Segmenting syllables is easier than individual sounds. On the card autumn, I segmented the first syllable because I thought it was easier. I also segmented blends from the rime part. But for the most part I did divide the initial onset from the word rime.)
Phoneme Sound Chant Card
Preparation- Copy one for each student in your group. Laminate for durability. Teaching-Keep the Phoneme Sound Chant Card handy and use it for review daily and then weekly will be fine when you can see significant gains in the sounds. I just have the students chant/talk the spelling-sound-and the words by having them to point along with the print.
Sound Match Game
Preparation-I make 6 copies of this page for the 6 students in my small groups. I laminate and cut apart these picture cards. There will be a grand total of 24 picture cards to cut apart.
Teaching Directions-(We do this literacy activity after doing the Phoneme Sound Chant Card.) We review each of the four sound cards first. Then we turn all 24 individual cards over and mix them up on the table. Students take a turn by picking a card, turning it over and spelling, sounding the phoneme, and saying the word. Then they pick another card and go through the spelling, sounding and reading again. If the picture cards match, the student keeps them and takes another turn. When the 2 picture cards picked don’t match, both cards are turned back over and another student gets a turn. Game ends when all cards are gone. Winner is the student with the most matches. This is a fun way to practice these sounds and it doesn’t take a lot of time.
Four Fluency Fun Laps
Preparation-Make a copy for each student in the small group. (Use this activity after students have put the au, aw, ar and all puzzles together, and have done the Picture Show Boards.)
Teaching Directions- Students put their reading finger on the vehicle and drive it down the highway while reading the words. Read the page all together at first. Then take turns. Sometimes I will use a little cube marker( or game marker or penny) to slide/drive down the highway.
au, aw, ar, & all Sentence Practice
Preparation-Make a copy for each student in the small group.
Teaching Directions- Highlight words with the au, aw, ar, and all phonemes. Students read the page independently (silently) first. Then read the page all together. Then take turns.
Picture Show Center
Preparation-My groups have 6 students so I made 6 different Picture Show Boards. So just copy each board one time. But you will only need to copy the 3 word pages, 6 times, to use in the Picture Show Centers. There will be four groupings: au words, aw words, ar words and more all words. I cut apart the words and put each group of words inside 4 labeled (au, aw, ar, & all) letter envelopes, clipping each individual set of words. This makes it easy to hand out the words and boards when teaching. There are six boards for each of the phonemes au, aw, ar and all. The pictures are alike but placed in different places on the board. (This keeps students from copying their neighbor’s board.)
Teaching Directions-Pass out the ar boards and the little clipped word cards. Everyone’s words are the same and the boards are alike with pictures in different places. Students are to read the words and place them on top of the matching pictures. I allow everyone to work their own board in the beginning. Then I call out a word for them to find. I would say for an example, “car”. They would pick up that word and reveal the picture underneath to see if it was correct. I would do all of the words in the same way. Then I would have them mix up all 6 of their words again so they weren’t in order. Have them raise their hands in the air. And next I would say, “On your mark, get set, go!”” They would race to be the first finisher. They love playing the boards like this.
Picture Show Boards work great placed in a word work center too!
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