Friday, March 27, 2015

Phonics Freebie


This is Jennifer from Positively Learning

I'm a Special Educator (1st Grade Inclusion) in an inner city elementary school and I absolutely what I do! My students keep me incredibly busy as they all have different areas of strengths and needs. One thing they all have in common? They benefit from hands-on activities!

In addition to providing special education services in all content areas, a good portion of my teaching day involves reading intervention. I teach Power Hour (a Guided Reading model) daily and pull additional groups focused on phonemic awareness, sight words, and phonics instruction. This year I've also had the pleasure of tackling Close Reading and intensive decoding strategies with 3rd graders needing extra support.

Our school uses a variety of resources, including Reading Mastery and Leveled Literacy Instruction (Fountas & Pinnell), but sometimes we need additional support with interactive hands-on learning.

I'm sharing a freebie we used this past week:

I start off using the picture/text cards during Guided Practice and as soon as my students are ready, I release the activities to partner-pairs. The visual supports (pictures, color-coding, & engaging graphics) help solidify learning and provides an opportunity for self-checking.

Here's a closer look:

What are your favorite tried & true phonics activities? 
Please leave a comment & share!

Thanks for reading! Jen