Phoneme Awareness Assessment Tools:
Beginning Sounds

Phoneme Isolating
Directions:

I will say some words. Listen to the beginning sound of each word. Tell me the first sound of the word. Let me show you.

Model:
Listen to this word: jump
I hear a /j/ sound at the beginning of jump.

Share:
Let us say the word together: hop
What is the sound at the beginning of hop? I hear a /h/ at the beginning of hop.

Assess:
Say each word after me and tell me the beginning sound.
mouse
fish
teeth
bat
goat

Phoneme Matching
Directions:

I will say some words. Listen to the beginning sound of each word. Tell me which two words begin with the same sound. Let me show you.

Model:
Listen to these words: keep, king, jump.
Two of the words begin with the same sound; keep begins with the same sound as king   /k/.

Share:
Let us say the words together. Two of the words begin with the same sound. Can you tell me which two begin with the same sound? Listen: peach, frog, pig.
Which two begin with the same sound? Yes, peach and pig begin with the same sound /p/.

Assess:
Listen to each group of words and tell me which two have the same beginning sound.

mouse
teeth
goat
fish
bat
pipe
tub
rat
fork
duck
mat
home
gum
ant
bug


Prepared by Dr. Adria Klein, Professor at CSU San Bernardino


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