Sound Wall

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First Grade Freckles
Grade Levels
K - 3rd
Formats Included
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500 pages
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I'm moving more towards a sound wall than word wall, but still focusing on beginning sounds - this was the perfect blend that I was looking for! Lots of options and flexibility.
I created the sound wall and will be adding sounds throughout the school year. This is part of my daily carpet time.


Update 10/2022: Real Mouth Photos are now included.

Update 07/2022: Boho Color scheme now included.

Reading research has confirmed how important it is for students to learn explicit phonetic skills. This classroom resource is worth the wall space! There are so many options here you can hang what your specific program or sequence needs. Options span from basic kindergarten phonics skills to advanced skills found in third grade. These are also great for classrooms serving students needing support or intervention.

I have personally seen my student's spelling and reading skills benefit from having a sound wall anchor in the classroom. It is color coded so students can visually differentiate skills.

Basic Phonics Skills Included:

  • Consonants
  • L Blends: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl
  • R Blends: br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr
  • S Blends: sc, sk, sn, sp, st, sw, sm
  • Special Blends: tw, dw
  • Final Blends: st, sk, sp, nd, nt, nk, mp, rd, ld, lp, rk, lt, lf, pt, ft, ct, xt, lk

Intermediate Phonics Skills Included:

  • Short Vowels: a,e,i,o,u (with or without symbols)
  • Long Vowels: a,e,i,o,u (with or without symbols)
  • Digraphs: th, sh, ch, ph, wh, qu, ck
  • Voiced and Unvoiced /th/
  • Long A: a_e, ai, ay
  • Long E: e_e, ea, ee, ey, ea as short e (bread), ie as long e (cookie)
  • Long I: i_e, igh, ie
  • Long O: o_e, oa, ow, oe
  • Long U: u_e, ui, ue
  • 3 Letter Blends: scr, shr, spl, spr, squ, str, thr, tch, nch
  • R-Controlled Vowels: ar, or, ie, er, ur
  • Y Vowel: y as /i/ sound, y as /e/ sound
  • Soft Sounds: soft c, soft g
  • Sounds of ed: /d/, /t/, and /ed/ or /id/
  • Spelling of c and k
  • Double Consonants: ll, zz, ff, ss, bb, dd, tt, cc, pp, rr, mm, nn
  • Long Vowel Combinations: ing, ink, ild, ind, ang, ank, all, old, ost, olt, oll
  • Other Common Patterns: oo (book), dge, ck, s as /z/ sound, s as /zh/, final syllable le, t as /sh/, ti as /sh/, initial gh (ghost), final gh (laugh), alk as short o (walk), wa as short o (water), and wor as /er/

Advanced Phonics Skills Included:

  • Diphthongs- oy, oi, oo, ew, au, aw, ow, ou
  • Silent Letters - kn, mb, gn, wr
  • Advanced Vowels: ei as long a (reindeer), ea as long a (break), eigh as long a (eight), ey as long a (prey), y_e as long i (type), y as short i (crystals), ou (group), ei as long e (ceiling)
  • Schwa Sounds - a, e, i, o (with or without symbols)
  • Multisyllabic Words: open and closed
  • 7 Syllable Types: open, closed, silent e, vowel teams, r-controlled, diphthongs, stable -le

Other Resources Included:

  • Special Requests
  • Foundations and Jolly Phonics alignment is included in file #6 "Extra Resources."
  • Suffixes file with the 22 most commonly occurring suffixes
  • Editable Headers
  • Blank Sound Cards
  • Mouth Formation Picture Cues
  • "Lock" cards to hide your sounds until you teach them.

Printing Options Available:

  • Colorful
  • Boho
  • Black Line
  • Vowel Valley
  • Articulation Cards
  • Mouth Formation Cards
  • All Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Teal, or Black
  • Quick Print (to print exactly as pictured)

Notes Before Purchasing:

This is a very large file and comes in a zipped folder with several compressed files. Please make sure you know how to extract, or unzip folders. For optimum downloading success, you will want the most up-to-date version of a PDF reader installed. Do not open the folder from your browser, or preview view. Download your purchase first, and then open the files directly from your device before printing.

Looking to ditch your word wall, but still want an anchor for sight words? Check out "Sound City Bandits."

Do you need some additional resources to help support the phonetic skills you are teaching? Check out "Phenomenal Phonics."

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


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