Category: Phonics

A Week of Phonics Instruction Plus a Freebie!

In my new role as a K-2 literacy teacher, I spend a lot of my time working on direct phonics instruction to help my first and second grade students decode words they are encountering in their texts. I thought I would take a little time to go through what a week of small groups phonics […]

Letter Names and Sounds – Free Games!

After some baseline testing, my Kindergarten students are now grouped into three major categories: (1)   Letter name identification (uppercase) (2)   Letter name identification (lowercase) (3)   Letter sounds   In my small groups, I wanted to create some interactive games that would allow students to see their letters over and over and over […]

Phonics Games!

I am always on the hunt for new, fun phonics games! Teaching the same phonics patterns and skills over and over can be difficult for both my students and for me as the teacher to try and have students practice these skills without getting bored.    Before we play phonics games, there is always a direct […]

Long Vowel Phonics Games!

When I teach phonics in my classroom, it usually has 2 parts. I quickly introduce/review a phonics pattern with the whole group (for example, long vowels with silent e). I will model how to read words and apply the silent e. Then I will have students read aloud real and nonsense words with that phonics […]

Short Vowel (CVC) Phonics Games!

Games, games, games. My students love games! You may know this already because of the many times I talk about using games in my math block. I find that phonics is another area where partner games can help tremendously with a student’s fluency. After students learn the sounds of their short vowels, they can practice their […]

Phonics Fun in 1st Grade!

Do you play Phonics Games in First Grade? While we have been snowed in for the past two days, I thought I would re-do some of my oldest units for some updated phonics fun! We like to play a lot of games and use hands on activities in my room. So I thought I would […]

Phonics Poetry Freebie!

I like to incorporate poetry as much as possible into our weekly routine and an easy way for me to do that is during our phonics block.   After we learn a new sound, I will give my students a poem to practice reading and identifying that sound: These are the steps I follow when […]