3c.EX1: Making Phonics Fun 2017-08-08T16:54:30-08:00

Ex1: Making Phonics Fun


3c:  Engaging Students in Learning
Engage students during phonics practice, utilizing scripted program

Educator: Valerie Brooks [Email Valerie]
School: Houghtaling Elementary (Ketchikan)

Appropriate for Grade Levels: 1st
Content area(s): Literacy/Reading

How does this lesson or technique improve student learning?

Increased student attention to tasks at hand leads to increased skills development.

What does it look like in my classroom?

Timeline: Occasional use with small groups as we utilize 2-4 day lessons.

When using a scripted program to increase phonemic awareness and practice phonics-based early reading skills, additional activities can increase student attention and decrease complacency in engaging with lessons and skills.

The key to this activity (why it works so well for this component):

Student materials variously call for discussion of attention to initial sounds, final sounds, etc. I shake it up and increase use of lesson materials by additionally noting rhyming words, beginning sounds, and noting their connection with color. Students can take turns choosing the color, while the teacher takes turns reading the words that rhyme, etc. This adds a simple, but valuable, additional level of discussion as I move through the lesson.

Primary grade students demonstrate varied learning styles, and the additional activity of coloring the words, then reading them again, determining rhymes and adding to our rhyming groups, writing and re-reading creates interest, allows for movement, provides opportunity for all students in the small group to participate in the lesson.

Supporting materials

Artifacts to gather for evaluation

The Danielson Connection

Engagement of students is key in this domain. Scripted, research-based programs can be very effective instruction tools when used with fidelity to instruct Tier 2 and 3 students. However, they can also be repetitive and boring for students. Adding elements to instruction while maintaining the proscribed use of the program and materials can increase student attention to, and enjoyment of, the lesson while maintaining learning environment and increasing student skills.