Initial Sound Speller
Try Initial Sound Speller
with a sample word list!
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.
- Foundational Skills
In phonics, students study the relationship between letters (graphemes) and their sounds (phonemes). Students first learn phonetic patterns, which can then be used to decode words during reading or encode words during writing.
After mastering the alphabet, kindergarten and first grade students are exposed to basic phonetic rules and patterns, like short vowel sounds and word families. Throughout elementary school, students learn increasingly difficult phonetic patterns. The goal is for students to have solid phonetic skills well before they leave elementary school.
It can also be assigned as homework. When explicitly introducing and teaching a phonics pattern, teachers can use Initial Sound Speller as a whole group lesson. Teachers can create word lists that help students practice initial sounds in any word pattern. These words can support the skills being taught in small group lessons. Many of these lists can be found in Teaching Resources under English/Language Arts.
The word is read aloud, but the initial letters are not displayed. Students roll over the four choices to hear the sound each makes before picking the correct letter/sound combination. Students can also choose to hear the word in context or the word read aloud again. If students answer incorrectly, they will receive immediate feedback and are encouraged to try again until they pick the correct sound.
Teaching Tip: Initial Sound Speller is perfect to review weekly phonic patterns. The audio features are great for English Language Learners (ELLs).