Prior to virtual learning, phonics could be practiced so many ways in your kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms. Students could easily meet in small groups with the teacher, read decodable books with a partner, practice word work activities independently, or even come together as a whole group to practice sounding and blending. Now with hybrid schedules, concurrent teaching, blended models and other modes and methods of digital learning, phonics can be a struggle to teach. You know what I mean… Teaching kids how to sound and blend those letter sounds to make new words is tough in a normal setting. Now we’ve got to teach it online? What?!?! However tough it is, it must be done… Decoding with fluency is necessary for students to read and comprehend, and teachers have never been ones to step down from a challenge. 😉
A Hands-On Approach to Digital Learning
Just like with so many other things, young children need a hands-on approach to phonics instruction. They need to be able to see and move the letters that make up the sounds in words. You may have found yourself wondering “How am I going to provide hands-on learning virtually?” Despite our transition to digital learning, students still NEED explicit, intentional, AND systematic phonics instruction.
This got me thinking, how can teachers keep kids engaged in learning when they aren’t right there with them while practicing something that isn’t all that exciting to most students? From my own experience as a first grade teacher, six and seven-year-olds bore pretty quickly with monotonous activities. I KNEW teachers were going to need a systematic approach to phonics practice that would keep the little peoples’ attention!
Boy, oh, boy… do I have something to share with you! I have created a DIGITAL PHONICS BUNDLE to keep students actively engaged even during online learning. The great part is that this bundle can still be used IN the classroom as well, so even if you’re delivering instruction to face-to-face learners, this bundle is still meant for you!
It's SO Versatile!
The activities in this digital phonics bundle can be used however you need to use them in your classroom. There are seriously SO MANY OPTIONS!
- Assign activities for the week
- Break up and assign activities each day
- Use during small intervention groups
- Teacher-led whole groups
- Independent Practice
The bundle includes 34 different phonics skills that students have to know! With a wide variety of different activities in each set, your students will never lose interest! So, you may be asking yourself now… how can I use this resource in so many different ways? What types of activities will my students be asked to do? I’m so glad you asked!
So, What Types of Activities are Included?
The Digital Phonics Word Work Activities Include:
· Letter tiles to build words
· Matching words to pictures
· Missing letters from words
· Sentence Building with Word Tiles
· Reading Fluency Passage
· Word building puzzles
· Sound Sorts
· Word Ladders
· Picture Graph
· Word Search
· Sentence Writing
The activities also progress in difficulty as they work though each slide set.
To elaborate a little further, these Digital Phonics Google Slides activities are perfect for on-level first and second-grade students! The short vowel sets are even great for Kindergarten kiddos! Students can practice phonics and spelling word work using this interactive Google Slides resource. In the slide decks, students will practice word recognition and phonics skills with these engaging slides. The slides include typing, matching, as well as drag and drop formatting.
Who Doesn’t Love a Freebie?
I have created a sample digital phonics lesson that you can grab for FREE! This activity is perfect for distance learning or face-to-face instruction. Students will be given multiple ways to work with words containing Long u spelled with Silent e. This Google Slides resource is an excellent and ENGAGING way for students to strengthen their spelling and reading fluency skills!
Fun Idea for a Phonics Extension Activity
If you’re looking for a fun phonics extension, check out this video! It presents silent e in such a fun, interactive way that students will love. This is my absolute favorite silent e video! I hope you love it as much as I do.
Did you recognize the artist in the video? #hamilton #fangirl I loved Lin-Manuel Miranda even before he had the Broadway hit!
I used Electric Company videos ALL THE TIME in my first grade classroom to “hook” my kids into our phonics lessons! The Electric Company actually has a channel on YouTube that you can subscribe to! Check them out!
A Few Highlights...
Do you remember I told you that the bundle has all of the phonics skills you need? Let me share a little bit about some of the sets. This HUGE Bundle covers Short Vowel CVC words, Consonant Blends and Digraphs, Long Vowels with Silent e, Long Vowel Teams, Diphthongs, R-Controlled Vowels, and Stable Syllable -LE.
Now, there are a ton of resources included in this bundle and I know you don’t have ALLL day… so let me share a just few highlights with you now. This is by no means all-inclusive of what’s in the bundle. The BUNDLE has SOOO much MORE!
Short e CVC
Students can practice short e CVC skills in so many ways with this Google resource. This activity gives students the opportunity to strengthen both reading and phonics skills with short vowel cvc words. Interactive slides are perfect for not only virtual whole-group instruction but small groups as well.
In the picture below, you see just one of the many fun activities included! Here students use the letter tiles to spell the words for the pictures provided on the slide. Students are only given the letter tiles they need to spell the words, so there’s no wasted time sorting through a bunch of unnecessary letters.
Use this R-Blends Digital Phonics Google resource in your virtual classroom or traditional classroom! Students will have fun with this engaging 28-slide activity. First and second-graders can strengthen their spelling and reading fluency skills with consonant blends.
Focus Skills Include:
· R-blends in words with short vowel sounds
· R-blends in words with long vowel sounds
· High-frequency words (sight words)
In this screenshot, you see an activity where students have to unscramble a mixed up sentence. This activity has built in visual supports which are critical for students with special needs, like a diagnosed learning disability, or for those students who are English Language Learners. This is also a way to reduce errors in writing as students won’t struggle as much to produce the correct spelling for words. These sentence unscramble activities precede the sentence writing activities in the slide deck, so students have practice with the error-free writing before they have to produce their own writing in a later activity.
Stable Syllable -LE
Your students will be so engaged when practicing words with Final, Stable Syllables. Don’t forget that this resource allows you to easily assign and review students’ work all within Google Classroom! No need to have students share files with you through Google Drive or through your email. Just check the assignment in Google Classroom. Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy!
Focus Skills Include:
· Stable Syllables -ble, -cle, -dle, -fle, -gle, -kle, -ple, -tle, -zle
· Multisyllabic words
· High-frequency words (sight words)
In this activity, students again have visual supports to unscramble a word spelled with the focus phonics skill. Now, of course students just think they are playing a game and putting together a puzzle, but really they are correctly spelling words that they will continue to work with throughout the other activities. One thing is for sure, they will be begging you to “play” it again and again!
Go Check It Out!
Finally, be sure to check out my DIGITAL PHONICS BUNDLE. It will keep students actively engaged in your traditional face-to-face classroom setting or your virtual classroom! It’s perfect for integrating technology into your already established literacy stations or providing digital learning because that’s just the way of the world. The bundle includes the 34 phonics skills that students must know in order to be fluent readers! Each set is packed with different activities to enhance decoding and spelling skills that students will LOVE! With a wide variety of differentiated activities, your students will never lose interest!
Moreover, I hope that it helps save you time in planning and preparation, as well as helps you to provide meaningful instruction and practice for your kiddos to become fluent readers. If there’s a skill that you’d like to see added, that is not currently included in the Bundle, drop me a comment below, and I’ll see what I can do!
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