Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Using Slinkys in a Phonemic Awareness Activity - Section 1: Teacher Background Knowledge and Preparation


  Understanding that students need to be participating in phonemic awareness activities every day - especially segmenting and blending, was a big aha moment for me. I used to think that phonemic awareness skills  should be focused on in kindergarten.  Then I really dove into some Common Core training and learned how much oral language and phonemic awareness plays into reading success.  Now that I know this, my class focuses on segmenting and blending each day as part of our phonics lesson.

    Until a recent training, I was always confused about the difference between phonological and phonemic awareness.  The following article from Reading Rockets contains graphic 5.1 called the phonological awareness hourglass created by Carol Tolman.  Check out the article if you want to learn more.  What it taught me is that the ability to break a word down inot individual phonemes is the most complex skill in the phonological awareness umbrella, and it lays the groundwork for a child's work in phonics. 

     Now that you know that phonemic awareness is the most complex skill in phological awareness you can see that children need several years of practice in this skill in order to really strengthen and develop this skill. And remember phoneme awareness is all about sounds - not letters.  You can do phonemic awareness activities with pictures or in the dark.  Once you start to introduce letters, it's no longer a phonemic awareness activity.  It becomes a phonics activity.

     For more information on each of the pieces of the phonological hourglass click here.

  Laying the Groundwork
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Laying the Groundwork
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Using Slinkys in a Phonemic Awareness Activity

Unit 17: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Lessons
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: SWBAT separate and segment individual phonemes in single syllable spoken words.

Big Idea: Did you know that you can learn how to read by using a slinky?

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, segmenting
  30 minutes
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