Use our ideas to add some fun to your primary phonics
lessons! These activities are easy to implement and
will give your students
the practice that they need.
By this age, students already know that "three-in-a-row" wins in tic-tac-toe. So why not use this fun format for the teaching of phonics? Place a different letter in each space of a game board. Choose combinations of letters that spell common three-letter words. Short-vowel words work especially well.
Here's an example:
There are many ways to use this simple format, including:
Draw a game like this one on the board. Ask students to
raise their hands when they spot a three-letter word. Call on students
to read the words they see, or to come to the board and write the words
as well as say the words. Remind them to look in all directions.
(Words: put, nap, pan, top, pop, not, ton)
Each partner draws their own game board and places letters in it to form at least three words. Students exchange game boards and try to find all the words that are possible.
Individual Idea: Instruct students to write the three letter words they see on their own piece of paper.
You'll probably find more fun variations of your own!
This simple primary phonics activity requires
students to sound out words and then reinforces the correct spelling of
real words. This is particularly helpful for students who may tend to
replace the correct letter of a word with a letter that looks similar.
Simply write a row of three or four "words," only one of which is an actual word. Ask students to identify the correct word and then write it at least twice.
Here's an example:
varn yarn yarm varm _________ _________
swa sav saw wsa _________ _________
Again, there are several ways to use
this type of exercise.
Divide the class into teams. Assign
each team a different section of
the board. Write
a different row of words like the ones above on each section. On your
signal, the first person from each team races to the board to circle
the correct word and write it correctly three times. The first team to
finishes earns 1 point. Repeat until one team has 5 points.
Partner Idea: Each partner makes five rows of words like the ones above. Students exchange papers to complete.
Individual Idea: Make worksheets with many rows of words for students to complete on their own.