Developing Phonemic Awareness in Kindergarten (Virtual Tour)
Stage of Literacy Development:
Stage 0: Foundation for Literacy
Stage 1: Beginning Literacy
Primary: Motivation for Literacy Secondary: Phonemic Awareness
So another great and fun and easy morning activity routine that I have with my students is we play the name game. And what I do is every morning I choose three or four name cards, students that are in my class, and I give students clues as to who's name it is. For example, "I'm holding a card, this person's name has two claps. This person's name begins with the sound /m/," and then the third clue is I let them know is it a boy's name or a girl's name? "It's a boy's name. Who's name is it?" I may say. "It's Michael's name." So, once I reveal the name to the students I will then place it over here on the chart stand and together we will clap out Michael's name. /Mi/chael/, how many claps? And the students will tell me that. I'll then review all of the clues with the students, the first clue, how many claps in the name, the second clue, the beginning sound of the name, and the third clue, that it's a boy's name. And if you put all those clues together it will tell us that it is Michael's name.
The goal of Name Game: Developing Phonemic Awareness in Kindergarten (Virtual Tour) is to help students create an awareness of the individual sounds in spoken words.
- Clues might include clapping out the number of sounds in the word or saying the initial sound of the name.
- Games are an engaging way for students to develop phonemic awareness.