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Building Phonemic Awareness With Phoneme Isolation

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Three 25-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • Paper bag

  • Select objects/object images

  • Chart paper

  • Markers

  • Index cards

  • Overhead projector (optional)

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School Specialty Intervention Lesson Pack: Phonemic Awareness

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1. Before teaching this lesson, gather several objects with the same beginning or ending sound and put them in a paper bag. Some ideas might be a car and a jar, a nail and a nest, and so on.

2. Copy the fourth and fifth pages of the School Specialty Intervention Lesson Pack: Phonemic Awareness (they have a picture of a jeep and an ear, respectively) onto a transparency or enlarge on a photocopier.

3. Create sets of index cards (enough for each student to have one index card) with pictures that have the same beginning or ending sound. Each index card should have only one picture on it. The following pictures can be used:
can cat

mat mop nest nut
mat rat

ham comb bus mouse
sun bone

ball doll leg egg
bell bear five foot rock rabbit
When the index cards are complete, separate them into pairs that have the same beginning sound and pairs that have the same ending sound.

4. Photocopy a class set of the first worksheet (the one with a picture of a leg) for students to complete independently.

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