Are you aware of the critical importance of integrating phonological and phonemic awareness activities into your first grade classroom, but don't have a resource readily available to you? This phonological & phonemic awareness resource is highly engaging, is geared to the various levels of learners in your classroom, and, best of all, it's easy to use.
This resource contains 108 phonological awareness workout slides. Each slide contains 5 colorful pictures and six phonological awareness prompts linked to the pictures that address first grade (as well as kindergarten) common core standards. There are 648 prompts in all, more than enough to get you through the school year. We have included both a digital version of this product as well as a print version.
Just display the slide on your interactive whiteboard (or display a printed slide under a document camera), name the pictures on the slide with your students, share the prompts (one at a time) with your students, and let them get to work!
This resource is easy for the teacher to implement, which means it is more likely to be used on a daily basis. And it's highly engaging for the students, which ultimately translates to students who become better readers. Additionally, the prompts are differentiated, which benefits learners of all levels.
The sky is the limit with this ELA talk resource. After utilizing the ready-made prompts on the page, come up with a few of your own to maximize use of this resource.
We are currently first grade teachers. While we are aware that phonological and phonemic awareness activities are critical to students learning to read (students who lack this type of awareness tend to struggle with reading), these activities are virtually non existent in our district adopted curriculum. We created this resource in order to meet our students' needs. We decided to use colorful pictures to increase students' interest and create PowerPoint slides with prompts directly on the slides to make our teacher life easier.
Frequently Asked Questions
What grade level does this program work best for?
In our opinion, since each slide has a variety of phonological awareness activities at a variety of levels, it probably works best for first grade. Preschoolers and kindergartners may need a program that focuses on one or two activity types at a time, whereas first graders (who have already likely engaged in phonological awareness activities for a year or longer) are ready to tackle activities at a variety of levels.
Does this resource follow a specific scope and sequence?
No! Each slide has a variety of questions at a variety of learning levels to keep ALL students engaged.
However, if you are working on one specific skill, such as initial/beginning sound, you could use the pictures on the slide and work on that particular concept.
About how long does this activity take each day?
We like to keep this activity to around 10 minutes daily. That might mean only getting to 3 of the prompts on the slide on one day, and finishing the other 3 prompts the next day. It really depends on your learners and their needs.
Why is the resource put into categories (Alphabet A-Z, long vowels, digraphs, diphthongs, r-controlled vowels, blends, and word families)?
Because this is a phonological and phonemic awareness program, letter knowledge is not a prerequisite. However, there are teachers who like to correlate their phonological & phonemic awareness activities with their phonics activities. So we figured it wouldn't hurt to organize them that way.
Do the lessons increase in difficulty? For example, is workout #35 more difficult than workout #2?
No. Each slide contains prompts that are at a variety of levels. For example, one slide might have prompts for the following: rhyming, syllables, medial sound, alliteration, phoneme manipulation, syllable manipulation.
We purposefully structured the lessons this way so that all learners would be interested and engaged.
If you are working on a specific skill with your students, you can use the pictures on the slide to engage students in that particular activity. For example, if you are working on initial sounds, do that using the pictures on the slide.
Wishing you joyful engagement in your primary classroom!
Cindy and Becky at Primary Bliss Teaching