Word Counter


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Word Counter is a game that focuses on phonological awareness. Students listen to a sentence and decide how many words the sentence contains 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

What? Phonological awareness is a set of skills that involve oral language. More...Less

In this broad umbrella of skills, students learn how to identify and manipulate sounds they hear. Some of these skills include rhyming, clapping out syllables, and identifying individual sounds in words.

When? Phonological awareness is a set of skills that develop over time in a progression and are crucial to successful reading and writing. More...Less

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, onsets and rimes in a word and finally, phonemic awareness which is the ability to manipulate individual phonemes in a word. More...Less

This is taught in whole group through shared reading and writing and in small group through guided reading lessons. Students can practice these skills independently once they have been explicitly taught.

Play to learn: In Word Counter, students hear a sentence and have sound makers that they push up to identify how many words they hear in that sentence. More...Less

The screen will have a number to the right of the sentence so students can see how many individual words that sentence consists of. Students receive immediate feedback and are encouraged to keep trying until they get the answer correct.

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

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