Phonemic Awareness Video Reviews

Teaching Phonemic Awareness-Video 1

This video was in a small group setting. There were both positives and negatives I saw with this video. First, the teacher explains to the students the senses they use in reading and why they are useful. Also, she explains to the students that the things they are learning today are going to help them become better readers. She states “we read to know”. After all the articles we read this week that go back and forth between reading to learn and learning to read, I loved that she said that! She works with the students on the types of letter sounds in the alphabet, noisy(vibrate in your throat) vs quiet, brother sounds, and the moves your mouth makes for groups of letters. I found all of this information useful to teachers but the students that were in the group looked bored and were often off task. She then moves on to the motions your mouth makes with vowels.

Phonemic Awareness: Phoneme Segmentation

The activities in this video are wonderful for younger aged students or even those who are still struggling to learn to read. The woman in the video states the the end goal of phoneme segmentation is is for students to be able to independently break down the sounds in a word, either to read or spell. She gives four examples that are very easy to make or are found on her blog. I have visited it before it is called Make, Take, Teach and is a wonderful resource! The way she goes about teaching these activities is in a “I do- We do- You do” process, or gradual release. The four activities covered are Breaking Up words, Squaring Up, Say it Move it and Bead Slide. Each activity uses manipulatives to help students count how many sounds they hear in each word.

REACH Workshop: Phonemic Awareness

The final video briefly goes through the order in which to teach phonemic awareness, starting at the basic level of how many words in a sentence, syllables and finally manipulating individual sounds. This video shows small clips of different teachers teaching phonemic awareness in the classroom. Th most beneficial piece of information I got out of this video was that phonemic awareness should be taught 10-20 minutes daily, throughout the day! There are teachers using phonemic awareness activities as part of their transitions. Such as one teacher, she uses syllables to have the students line up. She calls each student from the rug, gives them a word, they clap it and then line up. Another teacher uses it as a transition from centers. She give a word and asks for a rhyming word as they transition to the next center. Some teachers even sneak it in during snack time!


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