Phonics: Classroom Practice
Much of our phonics instruction comes from our daily practice. Most of the activities are embedded into PLAY. Apart from some direct full class and mini-lessons, and guided reading lessons, most of our phonics practice takes place through game boards, sorting, word building and creative writing.
Phonics Board Games
The easiest and most engaging is game boards! I have boards for all sight words and spelling patterns. So easy to just pull them out and the students do the rest. I do have students record words they land on and read aloud to their partners, but they don’t mind because it’s all fun. They just never get tired of games, so we play them all year long.
You can see all 70 of the phonics game boards in one bundle by clicking HERE.
Students just love to sort, and it’s such a great brain building activity. The pieces below are from a set of posters that contain 70 different spelling patterns and they complement the game boards above perfectly. Another weekly literacy center taken care of quickly!
Phonics : Classroom Reference
Classroom space is valuable, but the last thing I want to do is over-stimulate the environment. I use these spelling pattern posters on the walls for reference after each pattern is introduced. These particular posters are designed to be cut apart and used as a sorting center! In the photos above, students are sorting the posters after they have been cut apart. After putting all the pieces of several posters into a bin, students work together to sort them, and they they create their own version of the posters in their journals. Super simple, but very effective. Students use their own pages as reference, too.
You can see more details about the full year set of 70 posters HERE
Each student has their own personal phonics chart for reference, and more are kept at the writing centers.
Back in the old days, before there was a computer in every room, I used to create phonics materials for my classroom by hand-drawing each and every picture onto my printables. Click below to grab a free sample!
Once I learned to create clip art digitally, things became a LOT easier! Now I can just type in the name of the image and drag it into my document, and voila! So much easier than the old days! The link for a FREE copy of my spelling patterns assessment pages is at the end of the post too!
Create Your Own…
In order to create phonics assessment sheets like the one pictured above, I’ve used the following clip art sets. You can click each one to have a closer look, or click HERE to see all available phonics sets (or explore under the “Teacher Graphics” tab at the top of this page).
If you’d like to use the assessment pages that I’ve already created, I’ve posted them in a free packet. The set includes five spelling pages, a blank page, as well as an assessment page for evaluation. This is useful for quick assessments, setting goals, planning future lessons and also during parent meetings.
If you’re having trouble finding what you need for math, literacy or clip art, you can grab this handy Clickable Catalogue for everything available in my TPT store – a big time saver! Tuck it away for when you need it!