Sound Counter


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Sound Counter is a game that focuses on phonemic awareness. Students see and hear a word read aloud and decide how many sounds make up the word by dragging the correct number of sound makers up.

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Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.

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Building Literacy

  • Foundational Skills
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonemic Awareness

What? The ability to recognize and and work with individual sounds in words is a fundamental skill that starts as soon as children feel comfortable with the alphabetic principle and simpler phonological awareness skills. More...Less

Phonemic awareness is a good predictor of reading success in the future.

When? Phonemic awareness is one of the more advanced levels of phonological awareness. More...Less

These are sets of skills that develop over time in a progression and are crucial to successful reading and writing. Phonological awareness instruction should start as early as preschool and should be mastered by first grade.

How to teach: Phonological awareness is considered an umbrella of spoken skills such as rhyming, words in a sentence, syllables in a word, and onsets and rimes in a word. More...Less

Phonemic awareness is the last phonological awareness skill to develop. This is the ability to manipulate individual sounds (or phonemes) in a word. Phonological awareness is taught in whole group through shared reading and writing and in small group through guided reading lessons. Students can practice this skills independently once they have been explicitly taught.

Play to learn: In Sound Counter, students hear and see a word on the screen and have sound makers that they push up to identify how many phonemes they hear. More...Less

The screen will have a number to the right of the word so students can see how many individual phonemes or sounds the word consists of. Students receive immediate feedback and are encouraged to keep trying until they identify the correct number of sounds.

Teaching Tip: Sound Counter’s audio component is perfect for English Language Learners (ELLs) and students learning phonemic awareness. Teachers can assign this game during literacy centers or for spelling homework.

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