Reflection: Joy You're Going to Teach Me to Read With a Hoola Hoop? A Phonemic Awareness Activity - Section 3: Segmenting Our Words Orally


     It is incredibly important to have students segment and blend their words phonemically every day.  When I was planning my year I knew we would be doing our phonemic  awareness activities each day, and the likelihood of my students becoming bored and burned out on them would be high if I didn't try to find the most engaging ways to practice these skills each day.

     I believe that I've enacted engaging ways to practice phonemic awareness each day.  However, my students love practicing with our hoola hoops the most. My students prefer to do the hoola hoops like they are doing leap frog instead of working with multiple people at a time.  This way they get to do all the jumping, as if they are frogs jumping from lily pad to lily pad.  They also say to me all the time, "Give me a challenging word." The giggling and cheering that happens during this part of the lesson is awesome to hear as a teacher and I know they love it.  I say to myself, "As long as we have to learn this, we might as well have fun doing it."   I feel that if I continue to have this attitude then my students will continue to be engaged and isn't that what we all want as teachers?


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You're Going to Teach Me to Read With a Hoola Hoop? A Phonemic Awareness Activity

Unit 17: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Lessons
Lesson 5 of 12

Objective: SWBAT segment a spoken word into its individual phonemes.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will practice how to segment words into phonemes and have a lot of fun in the process!

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