Making and Breaking Words in the ABC Center (Virtual Tour)
Stage of Literacy Development:
Stage 1: Beginning Literacy
Phonemic Awareness, Spelling & Word Study
At this activity at the ABC table the children are having fun putting together words, and our word family we're working on is /op/, so they might try to see if this would fit together and you can see by the shape it doesn't. So the shape and the word have to work together. So that fits together and then they need to isolate the sounds, so /p/ /op/ pop. We can try it again /sh/ /op/ shop. And to add in a little fun the children can use this wreck and wreck to give themselves a point for each time they complete a word.
We're working on word families here. So this is for the /an/ word family. So these are just those eggs you can get at the dollar store, and the children have them separated, and what they need to do is take the initial phoneme and blend it together with that word family /an/ and when they fit it together they can blend the word. So /v/ /an/ van. And give yourself a point on the wreck and wreck.
And we have another activity at the ABC table, again addressing word families, and we happen to be doing the /op/ word family. You have to support the child with the missing phoneme. So we could try putting an H, a /h/ into the line, and then I read that slowly. /h/ /op/ hop. I might try one that has a blend or a digraph, so I'm going to try the /sh/. /sh/ /op/ shop. A little tip for creating this activity is to use those bistro or cafe markers you've seen at some coffee shops because they stay fairly permanently on the surface that the child's working on but you can wash them off with water after.
The scrambled eggs is a real fun activity. In this particular activity we've mixed in /og/ and /op/ words. So the child opens up one egg at a time and finds the letter tiles inside. They put the letter tiles on Scrabble shelves. They know that the vowels should be in the middle to help them create the word and then they give it a go. So this one happens to be /p/ /o/ /p/. Let's see if we can find an /og/ one; put that in the done pile. /o/ /g/ /d/ well that doesn't work, /d/ /o/ /g/.
The goal of Building Word Families: Making and Breaking Words in the ABC Center (Virtual Tour) is to help students develop their skills related to hearing and manipulating single spoken sounds in words by blending sounds to make words and breaking words into their individual sounds.
- Provide numerous opportunities for students to play with the individual sounds in spoken words through various activities, such as comparing words to see if the first sound matches, breaking words into their sounds, and switching single sounds in words.