Hearing and manipulating the sounds in language are important skills for learning to read. Phonemic awareness and letter knowledge have been identified in several research studies as the two key indicators of how well children will master beginning reading skills during the first two years in school. (The Threads of Reading by Karen Tankersly at ascd.org)
Understanding Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
Both are about the ability to hear & manipulate the sounds in language…
- Phonological Awareness – in words & syllables
- Phonemic Awareness – at the phoneme (individual sounds within words) level.
A Phonological and Phonemic Awareness tutorial at Wakelet includes videos to watch.
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|Build a foundation of skills with increasing difficulty from bottom to top with this chart.
These Phonological and Phonemic Awareness charts are available free at the Super Tutor Tools store at Teachers Pay Teachers Super Tutor store.
Phonological Interventions for Struggling Readers from Learning at the Primary Pond has this illustration of the progression of skills, and lots of ideas for activities for developing them.
Phonological Awareness at Dyslexia Help and readingresource.net provide helpful explanantions.
Use CVC picture cards to rhyme, say the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd sound, or listen for the difference between two.
Sightwords.com has great resources for phonological and phonemic awareness. More activities for phonemic awareness at Reading Rockets. In phonological and phonemic awareness, the emphasis is on hearing sounds. The activities below can be helpful additions to a Phonics Kit.
Syllable Counting: clap or tap, or feel your mouth drop.
Syllable Manipulation: WordList (pdf) to blend, segment or delete syllables.
Identify initial sounds
Phoneme segmenting and manipulation
- Word list for deleting and substituting from ontrackreading
- Word Building and Substitution free from Super Tutor Tools at Teachers Pay Teachers. Start with a word, then change one sound at a time and identify the letter.
PLAY Online games: Phonemic Awareness Symbaloo
Some online games require flash, which is no longer supported after 12/31/2020. Learn more at The End of Flash. Some more mobile friendly games are collected at this Symbaloo. More online games at these Symbaloo collections. Abcya is free on pc only.
- At Professorgarfield (Flash) [not currently working for me]: Rhyme-Meet the gang, Blending-Hayloft & Orson’s Waller, Categorize-Chicken Coop, Delete- Pumpkin Patch, Substitute-Lanolin’s Greenhouse. Beginning & Ending sounds: Fishing with Phonics.
- At Literactive (Flash, all at Symbaloo): Rhyming: Lovebirds and Fish, Initial sounds: Easel & Nine Squares, Middle sounds: Sliding Beaver, Final sounds: Slides and Garden leaves. Odd one out: Laying Hens,
- Rhyming: Alphabats at abcya, Partners in Rhyme at Turtle Diary, Rhyme Roundup at roomrecess, at cleverlearner. Words that Rhyme at Roy the Zebra.
- Alliteration: Alphabats at abcya
- Syllables: Drums at literactive, Alphabats at abcya, Silly Bulls at spellingcity.com. see more at syllables
- Compound Words: Slimezilla at abcya, matching at education.com with account
- Blending: Short vowel machines at starfall, short vowels at kizphonics. more advanced: Fuzz bugs farm at abcya. see more at blends and blending
- Beginning sounds: beginning sounds at roomrecess, Picture match from read,write, think [not currently working for me], Clifford from Scholastic, Initial Sounds at funfonix (click on Game, then Collect the Stars), First Sounds at First Phonics
- Middle Sounds: Word Gobble at Funbrain Jr., Alpha-Cat at Room Recess, Middle & Ending Sounds from cleverlearner.com, [not currently working for me] Final: slides & garden leaves (literactive)
- Categorize: Laying Hens at literactive, Chicken coop at professorgarfield and Odd Sound Out from phonicsbloom.com.
- Substitute: Viking at ictgames, word ladders and word chains at turtlediary, magic lantern at literactive
Download a Chart with online games in the sequence to build phonological awareness skills.