Here are some of the ways you can promote learning about letters, letter sounds, and words in your classroom as you read and write with your students.
- Invite students
to notice interesting letter-sound patterns.
TEACHER: What do you notice about the words in the song "Willoughby, Wallaby, Woo?"
Cover up a word with a sticky note, and invite students to predict the word that makes sense and to predict the letters in that word.
TEACHER: Goldilocks went to sleep in baby bear's __.
What word makes sense? What letter would you expect to see first?
Use masking cards or highlighter tape to locate words that begin with particular letters or sounds.
TEACHER: Can you find the words that begin with the letter j like in jam in the rhyme about Jack?
Play word-sorting games with familiar words.
TEACHER: Use the Wikki Stix waxy yarn to circle all the words that
begin with m like mom in our zoo story. I'll write them on our chart.
Use magnetic letters to show word analogies.
TEACHER: This is a word you know (cat). This is another word you know (change the letter c to s to make sat.). This says _.
Create charts of specific phonic elements after shared reading or shared writing, and invite students to add words to the charts that they find in their independent reading material.