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Teaching Phonemic Segmentation

The Task

Children learn to count the sounds in a word. For example, "Can you count the syllables or the word parts in football?"

Activities

  1. Rubber Band Stretch
  2. Teacher models with a large rubber band how to stretch out a word as the word is said. /mmmmmmmm-/aaaaaaaaaaaa-/nnnnnnnnn/
  3. Teacher models with stretched out band how to bring rubber band back to original length and says the word fast: /man/.
  4. Children pretend to stretch rubber bands as they say the sounds in different words.
  5. Stretchy Names
  6. 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 TO YOU?
  7. 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.
  8. Clap once quickly and say name fast: "Rebecca."
  9. Sound Boxes
  10. After children can do "rubber band stretch," teacher shows students how to make sound boxes on their papers or lap boards.
  11. They learn to say a word, stretching it out, and then slide a marker into each box as they hear each sound or phoneme.
  12. 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!

 

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