So, what is the Phonics Dance? “The Phonics Dance!™ is a quick and easy way for primary grade educators to teach phonics and increase the reading and writing skills of each and every student in your classroom. It is multilevel learning at its best, and can provide success for all students, regardless of their developmental level. This is a nationally recognized program which is based on research and meets the standards for the Leave no Child Behind Law.”
After the workshop I began the ‘dance’ the very next day with my firsties and (as you already know they LOVE to dance) they LOVED it. They loved shaking their groove thangs as we sang the phonics sounds. Best of all, it revolutionized so many of their reading skills. They would read a word like “transportation” and say things like, “oh look!! there’s a tion, tion tion!!” They loved being detectives and finding all their hunk and chunks in their words.
Now, I’m getting a little big ahead of myself. Here’s a video so you can see some of the dance in action!
I remember at the beginning of the workshop Ginny had said something to the effect of, ‘if I waited to teach all the special sounds to my first graders when the curriculum told me to, they would not be prepared to read the books and stories that they would see in a first grade classroom.’ How true that statement rang in my ears. In the curriculum that I teach, I do not formally teach “igh” until MAY!!! However, as you well know, we read words with that sound in it very early on in first grade!!
The Phonics Dance allows you to teach all these special hunk and chunks fairly quickly and then review it every single day afterwards! As you can see from the video each “hunk and chunk” has a hand motion/gesture and poem or rhyme to go with it. It truly helps all of our learners.
We would dance the dance every day as a quick review and then jump into our normal Language Lesson. I would use the terminology so many times throughout the day.
It also helped my firsties when it was time to write. They no longer would spell words like “tradition” as tradishun and instead would use their hunk and chunk knowledge to write it tradition!
There are so many great resources that you can purchase at the Phonics Dance webpage and I’m sure you will not regret it! At the beginning of the year, all of the letters of the alphabet are reviewed with poems and gestures and then after that, the dance is introduced. On the webpage you can purchase the hunk and chunk cards that look like this…