Learning how to write sentences can be stressful and frustrating for students. Honestly, there are so many different components to work on. For instance, students must look at correct punctuation, capitalization, and spacing between words. Likewise, they need to look at spelling and sounding out unknown words. On top of all this, the sentence has to make sense. While teachers never want to cause students to feel overwhelmed, learning how to write sentences is crucial. Thankfully, the Sentence Building Worksheets [Read More…]
This post answers the most common questions I have received about quick daily activities to use with a sound wall. I hope the answers in this quick guide are helpful to you!
Sound Wall Activities
Question: What are some quick activities to use with a sound wall?
Answer: Here are some quick ideas to reinforce phonemes:
Activity 1: Invite students to become Phoneme Detectives and hunt for focus phonemes in short books. This activity is particularly effective with a partner.
Activity 2: Make personal [Read More…]
This post answers the most common questions I have received about arranging consonants on a sound wall. I hope the answers in this quick guide are helpful to you!
Sound Wall: CONSONANTS
Question: How are consonants represented on a sound wall?
Answer: Consonants are categorized as nasals, stops, fricatives, affricates, liquids and glides, as shown below. These categories refer to the way the sound is made. For example, some sounds are formed with bursts of air, while others are a smooth sound. [Read More…]
This post provides teaching tips to use with your sound wall. I hope the answers in this quick guide are helpful to you!
Teaching Tip 1: Take It Slow
Question: How should I introduce my sound wall?
Answer: Very slowly! A completed sound wall (especially with word cards) can be overwhelming for students. I like the idea of covering most of the posters with a “lock” picture, then revealing the phonemes as they are directly taught. Even after revealing the poster, you [Read More…]
This post answers common questions about arranging vowel posters in a vowel valley on a sound wall. I hope the answers are helpful to you!
PHONEMES & GRAPHEMES
Question: How are phonemes and graphemes represented on a sound wall?
Answer: A sound wall is visual reference for students where each of the 44 phonemes in the English language is represented by an anchor picture and graphemes connected to that sound.
Question: Why are vowel posters in a V-Shape on the sound wall?
Answer: [Read More…]
Making Sense of Vowel Valley
When I first saw a sound wall I was …confused. After teaching reading intervention for 25 years, I didn’t understand why letters were posted in a V-Shape. I also wondered why there were pictures of mouths everywhere! Fast forward to the present time… I now view sound walls as an integral part of reading and writing instruction. I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned so far.
PS: You can download a free quick guide [Read More…]
Here’s another bunch of socially distanced learning activities that you can use in a primary classroom. You can see the first 8 ideas in this previous post! These are activities I used with my student when we went back to in-class teaching, but still had to maintain social distancing rules. These are chosen for simplicity, lack of prep needed, and student engagement!
Socially Distanced TARGET GAMES
I was talking to a student recently who told me about how her family loved going [Read More…]
There are many fun teaching activities that we can do while still keeping students socially-distanced! With a bit of creativity there are a lot of adaptations we can make – preferably with very little preparation. I’ve listed eight activities below (and seven more here) that were popular in my classroom when we went back to in-person teaching!
Socially-Distanced OUTSIDE PHONICS
Unless it was pouring rain, we spent as much time outside as possible. A lot of learning happened out there! We made [Read More…]
Confession time: When I first heard of Boom Cards my thought was, “I can’t learn another new thing right now!” But when distance learning became a reality, I decided to give myself 20 minutes to read and learn, and then decide if it was something I wanted to try.
Guess what? TOTALLY worth my time! And I think there’s a good chance you might agree with me! I’m going to break it all down into a few small steps so [Read More…]
Stories are the perfect way to teach social skills and introduce new concepts. This post focuses on 16-Week Social Skills Program that features silly monsters who explore and illustrate essential social skills topics.
Each story has 5 lessons included, plus a printable version of the book for your classroom library! No need to hunt down the book to match the lessons – it’s all included in this engaging K-2 curriculum.
Monster Social Skills Stories
My students love everything about monsters, whether they [Read More…]