Reflection: Student Ownership Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes - A Phoneme Segmentation Lesson - Section 1: Teacher Background Knowledge and Preparation


     My students have really taken ownership of this routine.  I fully expected them to be able to segment words with up to 5 phonemes and I had the routine established where students could take those words with 5 phonemes and tap them out with their head, shoulders, waist, knees and toes.

     Then we got to the end of the year when we started looking at words with prefixes and suffixes.  Suddenly we started working with words that had 6 and 7 phonemes. I said, "Oh no, we have a problem.  Our routine only has 5 body parts and this next word we are going to segment has 6 phonemes. What should we do?"  The thinking that went on in the classroom just amazed me.  My students again surprised me.  I had suggestions  such as:

  • We could divide the word into the prefix and base word. We could tap the prefix first and then tap the base word.
  • We could add body parts.  Let's add our eyebrows, and ears.
  • We could just tap out the syllables in our word. 

     What I love about these suggestions is that my students were thinking and problem solving.  They didn't wait for me to offer solutions - they came up with the solutions on their own.  I'm really happy that my students are becoming such independent learners.

  Getting Creative With Our Routine
  Student Ownership: Getting Creative With Our Routine
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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes - A Phoneme Segmentation Lesson

Unit 17: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Lessons
Lesson 4 of 12

Objective: SWBAT use their bodies to tap out and segment words.

Big Idea: Yes - you can learn how to read and spell by tapping on your body! Come find out how.

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