Teaching Phonemic Segmentation
Children learn to count the sounds in a word. For example, "Can you count the
syllables or the word parts in football?"
- Rubber Band Stretch
- Teacher models with a large rubber band how to stretch out a word as
the word is said. /mmmmmmmm-/aaaaaaaaaaaa-/nnnnnnnnn/
- Teacher models with stretched out band how to bring rubber band back
to original length and says the word fast: /man/.
- Children pretend to stretch rubber bands as they say the sounds in different
- Stretchy Names
- Children and teacher clap and say a verse for each child in class:
CHRISTOPHER, CHRISTOPHER, HOW DO YOU DO? WHO'S THAT FRIEND RIGHT NEXT
- Children and teacher say the next child's name very slowly, stretching
palms far apart as the word is stretched; RRRR-eeeee-bbbb-eee-ckckckck-aaa.
- Clap once quickly and say name fast: "Rebecca."
- Sound Boxes
- After children can do "rubber band stretch," teacher shows students how
to make sound boxes on their papers or lap boards.
- They learn to say a word, stretching it out, and then slide a marker
into each box as they hear each sound or phoneme.
- A Song to Teach Phonemic Segmentation
- Listen, listen to my word,
Then tell me all the sound you heard: race
/r/ is one sound
/a/ is two,
/s/ is last in race it's true.
Thanks for listening to my word
And telling all the sounds you heard!
- Grade 1 Classroom
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