The Florida Center for Reading Research again brings us an amazing resource. Here we present you 11 amazing phonics lessons on word recognition. They are of course free and they will give your students an incredible boost on phonics and reading.
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The Michigan Department of Education has compiled a free ebook with amazing phonics, reading and other activities to help children learn to read and write. This ebook is called Family Fundamentals. It is an essential for school-home literacy connections for students going from 2nd grade to 3rd grade. It can be a great complement to books, programs like Hooked on Phonics, or other software that you might have purchased.
It is divided into 5 different sections:
A Time to Rhyme
The Prefix Part
A Mind Reader
Mystery Words Grab Bag
Sorting Picture Blends
Breaking Words into Syllables
Reading Compound Words
The Author Sentence Puzzle
Word Card Game
Five Finger Book Selection
Record a Story
Ask These Questions Homophones
Figure It Out
Letter Block Scramble
Journal or Diary Writing
Summer Memory Book
Wonderful New Words
Children need to know English sounds and their correspondences with printed letters or group of letters. That is what we call phonics skills. Once the child knows these relationships, he/she will be able to recognize familiar words accurately and automatically, and decode unfamiliar word. Phonics is different from phonemic awareness, although they are intimately related. Phonics is crucial for students to learn to read. If your child is in elementary and still does not sounds and their corresponding letters, you must act immediately. There amazing phonics and reading programs such as Hooked on Phonics or ClickN Kids…. and many more.
In a national study on reading methods in American schools, researchers Baumanm, Hoffman, Moon & Duffy (1996) found that 98% of elementary school teachers indicated that they value phonics and that phonics was an important component in the school reading curriculum. They teachers claimed that phonics lessons were taught regularly to students, and that reading and writing activities complemented their instruction.
It is true that there are many phonics approaches (intensive, analytic, embedded…), but the only idea that teachers are aware of the importance of this component in reading instruction is really important. No matter which approach you use, relationships between graphemes and sounds are the ultimate goal of all programs. Teachers have to take decisions depending on the characteristics of their classrooms, because evidently they are the ones that really know their students. Therefore, no program that refrains teachers from using their judgment, will succeed. If they value phonics, there must be a powerful reason behind it.
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Put Reading First
The Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) released in 2000 a document entitled “Put reading first: The research building blocks for teaching children to read.” This study was sponsored by the National Institute of Literacy (NIFL), an independent federal organization in charge of providing quality literacy services to all Americans. The document was developed in conjunction with the Partnership for Reading and the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to find scientifically-based research on reading.
It is not a secret that learning to read is becoming a real struggle for many children. Many of them lack the motivation to learn as well as the minimum tools to succeed in this field. Well, the National Reading Panel issued a report in 2000 to inform Congress about the findings of the research in the area of reading. The document above mentioned “Put reading first: The research building blocks for teaching children to read” laid the grounds identifying the basic skills and methods required for children to learn to read properly.
The guide suggests that there are 5 critical areas in the area of reading instruction that educators, teachers, and policy makers need to focus on in order for children to learn to read:
1. Phonemic Awareness
5. Text Comprehension
The group of researchers that made up the panel identified phonics as a key component in the development of reading skills in our children. It is crucial that every child in our beloved country be taught phonics in order to learn to read in a fashionable way.
Don’t let your child behind!
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The Florida Center for Reading Research is committed to quality education. They have prepared a series of phonics lessons to improve reading. Here I present you 8 phonic lesson plans for you to use with students in kindergarten through first grade. The lessons are divided into several sections:
- Extensions and Adaptations
They are very detailed and include everything. Just make copies for your students of the handouts and read directions.
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