In order for students to make sense of reading, they need to understand this basic principle: the sounds of speech correspond to letters. We call the smallest unit of sound in our language phonemes, and the fact that students are aware that our spoken language is made up of the sequence of small distinct sounds is called phonemic awareness.
It is also important to know that phonemic awareness and phonics are two different skills. Phonics is the relationship between sound and letters. It is in phonics instruction that help students learn common sound-spelling patterns in order to decode words. Whereas, phonemic awareness is the awareness of sounds only.
Therefore, if a student is able to hear and manipulate the sounds in spoken words, then they are able to make letter sound connections. Phonemic awareness is necessary for phonics instruction to be effective. It is the foundation that connects the sounds to print. Understanding this language principle is a strong determinant to a successful reader.
Tip: Just remember we are only using our ears in phonemic awareness skills, but we are using our eyes and ears in phonic skills.
This fun print and play activity will help students master the skills of phonemic addition and reinforce phonemic awareness. Students will read a word and then add an extra sound thus creating a new word. This activity targets initial consonant blends such as bl, br, fr, cl, sl, sm, sp, and more. Also consonant digraphs such as ch, sh, and th are targeted. There is a game board “Double Scoops” and 92 task cards designed to engage learners. You may use this game board or any game board you have. Or just use the task cards alone, and the student with the most cards at the end wins.
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