Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Phonics: Involve the School!

I wanted to share something new I'm doing with phonics this year!
My 1st graders have LOVED this!
We use the Open Court sounds and spellings in grades K-2nd at my school. By midway 1st grade, our students have been exposed to all the sound cards, including the vowel dipthongs and digraphs.
We continue to work on blending, dictation, and applying our skills while reading across the curriculum.
The question I ask maybe two three dozen times per day is:
"What do you notice about this word?"
This probably sounds very familiar :)
I also like to highlight what we notice, like this:

font by Jessica Stanford

This year, I snapped photos of the teachers and staff to create "environmentally-friendly" flashcards. Although my colleagues looked at me a little strange, my students have gotten SUCH a kick out of it. I can't display the actual cards without teachers' permission, but here's a sample of what they look like:

Let's pause to think about what it would be like if Becks actually worked at our school...
SIGH...moving on :)
Side Note: isn't that a terrific picture of Meryl? Sooo classy!
I hope you can use this quick & easy phonics idea with your students!
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  1. I love this idea- both using teachers and highlighting parts of the words!
    Thanks for the great idea!

    Learning to the Core

  2. What an awesome idea!! I'm going to have to try that too.

    The Busy Busy Hive

  3. Thanks for your nice comments! I forgot to mention that I also included the support staff around the school that work so hard behind the scenes.