Every week we have been adding a new “special sound” to our repertoire. I assume that most “language” curriculums are similar and they ‘bombard’ our first graders with a TON of rules and expectations for them to master in 5 short days. Then, we are suddenly on to the next rule, concept, and phonics sound. While many of our students will grasp these concepts, not all of them do… Right?
To help my students, I try to make these new sounds fun, exciting and meaningful. Last week we were working on “ow” and “oa” words.
I thought that “blowing a bubble” would stick in my students’ minds well and to start the week, my students had to guess what our rule was by hunting through my tupperware container. As you can assume, they were happy to oblige. The took out each card and carefully read each word and then in partners discussed what they thought the new sounds were.
We then sorted the words and put them on our anchor chart. Later on in the week, I wrote the words on the back of some more bubble gum pieces and my students used them as word sorts as well.
This week we are learning that ar says /ar./ The “barn” is helping us with this sound!
This week I divided my students into two groups and gave them a bunch of cards with words that had “ar” in them. They then had to quietly sit in ABC order using their new words. This was a great way to review ABC Order and also got my students reading words with “ar” in them.
We also used this poem to help us! I put this poem on the board and gave all of my students a white board. They then had to write down all of the words that they could find in it that had “ar” in them. Tomorrow we will use it to locate some of our old sounds. (ch, ck, ay, ing etc.)
After I introduce a new special sound, we use my Phonics Mastery printables to help us. There are three worksheets to go with each special sound that we learn. Each worksheet uses some old sounds along with our new sounds. This helps us master all the phonics patterns that we are supposed to master!
My students work hard to read, write, and highlight the special sounds.
Since using these worksheets I have seen my students become more confident in their reading and it also helps the sounds, rules, and patterns STICK.
We also practice our sounds with our word work choices. I usually have a few different word sorts to reinforce our new and old skills.
This week, one of our centers looked like this:
Another center was working with using a dictionary to look up words with different spelling patterns.
Finally, a really fun way to review phonics skills is by playing ‘Mix and Mingle.’ It’s one of our favorite games.
For this version I put all of our spelling words (and other words with “ar” in them) at every spot in our classroom.
I give each of my students a dry erase board, a marker and an eraser. When the music turns on, my students walk around the room. Once the music stops, they have to find a word. They sit down, read the word, and then write it on their dry erase board. To show me they are finished, I have my students put their markers in the air. Once I see that most of the class is finished, I turn on the music again and they mingle around the room! It’s such a fun and easy game to play and it reinforces our phonics patterns!
If you would like the oa/ow and ar words, just click HERE to get them for free! I hope that you have a GREAT week!