Which Initial Sound?


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In Which Initial Sound?, students match the initial sound from their word to the picture of the object whose name begins with the same initial sound.

Try Which Initial Sound?

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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
  • Phonics

What? Phonological awareness focuses on a student’s ability to hear sounds (phonemes) and manipulate sounds. A strong understanding of phonemic awareness is the foundation needed to achieve mastery in reading and writing.

When? Phonological awareness is first introduced to students in kindergarten. More...Less

This is one of the beginning skills in literacy to help build the foundation. Kindergarten teachers may begin by asking students to identify initial or final sounds, generate rhyming words, identify spoken words, and identify spoken word parts such as onsets, rimes, and syllables. As students progress throughout primary grades K-2, they will be exposed to activities that build phonemic awareness, like blending and segmenting sounds. Students build on phonemic awareness skills and begin phonics instruction, which is the study of both sounds (phonemes), and letters (graphemes). Phonological awareness and phonics are foundational skills closely linked to reading and writing proficiency.

How to teach: Which Initial Sound? Is a learning activity that can be used during whole group instruction as an introductory activity or review activity. Because of the auditory support, non-readers and emergent readers can use this learning game for independent practice during literacy centers or homework.

Play to learn: In Which Initial Sound? students hear a word and match it to a picture that has the same initial sound. More...Less

For additional support, students can click on the Word button to listen to the word again or the Sentence button to hear the word used in a sentence. When students roll over the picture, the word associated with the picture is read aloud. Students will receive immediate feedback when they answer incorrectly and can attempt to answer until they have selected the correct answer.

Teaching Tip: Which Initial Sound? is a learning game best suited for students needing phonics practice. Students in primary grades K-2 will benefit from identifying initial sounds in a word. The audio features and pictures are perfect for English Language Learners (ELLs), who need to build language proficiency.

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