Phonological awareness is a strong indicator in a child’s ability to be successful in learning to read. If a child does not have the ability to hear, discriminate and manipulate sounds; the reading process will be a difficult task for him/her. Research suggests that short mini-lessons each day at the early stages of a child’s development can contribute in supporting a child’s success in this area. It is for this reason the next few postings in our blog will focus on activities that relate to this topic.
Alliteration is a recommended phonemic awareness activity. Having children hear and produce their own alliterations as a class is a very productive activity and review of the alphabet letter sounds. Alliterations are phrases that begin with the same sounds or tongue twisters.
Community Helpers Theme and Use of Alliteration
In the link below you will find alliterations about “Community Helpers”. These could be used in relation to this theme unit. These would be used to introduce the concept of alliteration.
Reading Literature Books
In the link below you will find a list of literature books that could be used to introduce alliteration.
In the link below you will find a downloadable emergent reader that is specifically used for introducing alliteration.
Follow-up Activity Writing Activity
The students can now generate their own alliterations. The teacher would write these down on chart paper as a shared writing experience. Students love to create alliterations involving names of people they know.
Example: My mom made a million muffins.
Hearing and Identifying Ending Sounds
The “Community Helpers” theme was meant to be used after all the letters of the alphabet have been introduced. The students should have a solid understanding of all the alphabet letters and their related sounds. In the “Community Helpers” theme unit they will need to transfer this knowledge to hearing these sounds at the ending of words as displayed in the video.
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There is also a downloadable version of this game available if you do not have access to a Smart Board.
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1. Mini lesson plans for phonemic awareness activities.
2. More downloadable games.
3. More Smart Board Activities.
4. More themes (Nursery Rhymes).