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ACCORDION CATERPILLARS:
http://www.educationstation.ca/greatideas/AccordianCaterpillars.php
Here is a great idea for teaching students phonemic awareness and alphabet recognition. Each student will construct his or her own caterpillar, writing down the correct letters and using either drawn illustrations or pictures to identify a corresponding beginning letter word.
 
CLAP AND COUNT SYLLABLES PRACTICE:
http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/palmasola/candcindex.htm
Hearing and understanding syllables helps elementary students establish phonemic awareness skills. Find several pages here to either print out and use in the classroom or for homework with parents, or to use online. Students will click on each picture they chose to see how many syllables the word contains, getting immediate feedback to their practice.
 

 CONSONANT BLENDS & DIGRAPHS:
 http://www.everydayteaching.com/Worksheets/Cons.Digraphs.pdf
 Have your elementary students select a digraph or consonant blend to form a word with this mix and match student worksheet. (2-4)

 

PHONICS BINGO:
http://www.seedsofknowledge.com/phonics.html
Encourage pre-reading skills with this early phonics exercise, where students will help you create a gameboard with magazine pictures. They will then select a letter on an index card to match the beginning sound with a picture on their Bingo board; find further instructions here.
 
PHONICS ONLINE:
http://www.sadlier-oxford.com/phonics/student.cfm
Have your students practice phonics skills several of these online learning games, covering PreK through sixth grade. From memory picture matching, to alphabet practice, long vowels, r-controlled words, digraphs, contractions, or context clues, there are a wide variety of challenges to hone spelling and reading skills.
 
PRINTABLE PHONICS POSTERS:
http://www.adrianbruce.com/reading/posters/index.htm
Find colorful and appealing phonics posters here to put on your classroom bulletin boards, covering word families, consonant blends, and vowels.
 
SILLY PHONEMIC GREETINGS:
http://www.educationstation.ca/greatideas/SillyGreetings.php
Preschoolers will love these silly morning greetings where, each day of the week, a different letter will replace the first letter of their names as they are greeted for attendance. Students pictures and a calendar are all the materials needed for this great little learning opportunity.
 

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