These worksheets are a great start for learning the basics of sounding words out. With these worksheets, students learn to identify the beginning sound of the word and the corresponding letter this sound represents. These worksheets were developed for kindergarten and first-grade students and provide phonics and printing practice.
- Model sounds in words by exaggerating the beginning sound as you say the word aloud to students; ask them to say the word with you, then have them say it independently.
- Help students remember sounds by associating them with objects, such as an apple for ‘a’ and a bat for ‘b;’ post anchor charts with the letters and corresponding pictures for students to refer to; students may also create their own sound books, using objects they have chosen to represent each letter.
- Play games to practice sounds such as matching pictures to the initial sound and using sound maze mats.
- Conduct assessments to track which sounds each student knows and which require further practice.
- Teach students the silent ‘e’ rule and how it can change short vowel sounds to long vowel sounds; provide them with examples of words that follow this rule, such as changing “hat” to “hate” and “hop” to “hope;” teach them that there are exceptions to this rule; ask them to find more word pairs that follow the silent ‘e’ rule.
- Teach students vowel teams that create long vowel sounds such as “ai” and “oa”.
- Introduce the “flip the vowel” reading strategy when students are solving unknown words; this strategy reminds students that if the short vowel sound does not make sense, try reading the word again but using the long vowel sound instead.