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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


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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Using Songwriting to Build Awareness of Beginning Letter Sounds

"Bessie bird lives in a barn" in this lesson in which students create alliterative animal songs to help them learn letter names and consonant sounds and build phonemic awareness.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Generating Rhymes: Developing Phonemic Awareness

Traditional chants and songs are adapted to help young students recognize and generate rhymes. The word and letter patterns involved in rhymes provide a stepping stone to reading skills.


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Grades   K – 1  |  Student Interactive  |  Learning About Language

Puzzle Me Words

Puzzle Me Words is a fun, educational game for primary students that reinforces letter sounds and how sounds combine to form words.


Grades   K – 2  |  Student Interactive  |  Learning About Language

Picture Match

Picture Match is a matching game that reinforces the concept of beginning-letter and short- and long-vowel sounds.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 9

Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848.

Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris' story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram.


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Grades   K – 2  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Supporting Phonemic Awareness Development in the Classroom

Support literacy development through playful and appealing activities that focus on the sound structure of language.


Grades   K – 1  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement

Phonemic Awareness and the Teaching of Reading

IRA's position on the appropriate emphasis on phonemic awareness in reading instruction.


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Grades   K – 2  |  Activity & Project

Practice Letters and Sounds Using Online Games

Find three fun online games that are designed to help children learn to recognize letters and how they sound.


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