Phonological Awareness Visuals (Updated with new graphics - Feb 2017)
Many students acquire and scaffold phonological awareness skills merely through nursery rhymes, books and games. Other students need more explicit teaching and knowledge of the language associated with the skills. These visuals will assist you in teaching the language associated with phonological awareness. They should be used at the beginning of a lesson as a teaching tool and can accompany any existing phonological awareness activity.
Only the Phonological Awareness concepts are supported with train visuals (words, syllables, sounds). The language involved with these concepts are used in teaching other phonological awareness skills including: discrimination, rhyming, blending, segmenting, manipulation, and deletion.
The blue Engine train car represents words
The yellow train cars represents syllables
The green train cars represents sounds
It should be noted that “Letters”, “Diagraphs” and “vowels” are not concepts taught in Phonological Awareness. These visuals were added as a teaching tool to help eliminate confusion with the language. Use them only as needed.
* These visuals can also be used for students who work with pacing boards. In my experience, I find that students often begin pacing with syllables, which can make their speech sound "robotic". I take time to teach them how to pace using words so their speech sounds more natural. The "word" and "syllable" visuals are very handy for these children.
Phonological Awareness Contents
Page 4: What is a word?
Page 5: What is a syllable?
Page 6: What is a sound?
Page 7: What is a sentence?
Page 8: What is discrimination?
Page 9:What is a Rhyme?
Page 10: What is blending?
Page 11: What is segmenting?
Page 12: What is a letter?
Page 13: what is a diagraph?
Page 14: what is a vowel?
Pages 15-18: definitions and visual handout (copy and send home to parents or give to teachers)
Page 19: Word train – copy and use when students are counting words in a sentences
Page 20: Syllable train – copy and use when students are counting syllables in words
Page 21: Sound train – copy and use when students are counting sounds in words
Page 22: extra train cars – copy, cut out and use for other phonological awareness activities, including: Rhyming, discrimination, blending and segmenting.
Page 23: Credits/TOU