Are you ready to teach phonics in a FUN way? Explicit and systematic phonics instruction is so important for beginning readers. I am excited to share with you my new Phonics Made Fun Level A Curriculum! This research-based curriculum supports some of the best practices for teaching phonics!
What is Phonics Made Fun Level A Curriculum?
Phonics Made Fun Level A is designed to teach phonics in a hands-on, FUN, engaging, explicit, and systematic way. Level A curriculum works with short-vowel CVC words. Each vowel sound will be covered in a separate file, and a mixed review of all sounds will be included. The goal of this curriculum is to build strong, fluent, and confident readers through a variety of hands-on activities.
I’ve worked hard to make Phonics Made Fun as low-prep as possible, with minimal cutting. That way you don’t have to spend a ton of time prepping the activities. Today we are going to take a look at what is included in the short a part of this curriculum.
Easy-to-Follow Lesson Plans
These easy-to-follow lesson plans take the guesswork out of how to teach phonics explicitly! Here is a breakdown of the lessons.
Each lesson is broken up into 5 easy-to-follow parts.
- Mini Lesson- Introduce the phonics skill of the day.
- Activities- Activities that pair well with this lesson.
- Practice Pages(s)- Practice sheet(s) that pair well with this lesson.
- Small Group Intervention- Small group teacher table lessons to support students who need extra practice with phonics skill being taught.
- Extension- Extension activities to support students who are ready to continue beyond the phonics skill being taught.
The unit pre-assessment gives an opportunity to assess prior knowledge. Use this assessment to guide your teaching throughout the unit.
The unit post-assessment gives an opportunity to measure what your students have learned. Use this assessment to guide your intervention, spiral review, and future teaching.
Scope and Sequence
For Phonics Made Fun Level A (short a words), here is the scope for the unit:
- Blending CVC short
a words(Lessons 1-3)
- Reading CVC short
a words(Lessons 4-6)
- Spelling CVC short a Words (Lessons 7-9)
- Applying CVC short a Words (Lessons 10-12)
Activities, Games, and Practice Pages and SO much MORE!
Here is a quick overview of some of the activities included in the short a unit:
Match a picture to the word:
CVC Bowling Game:
Picture Word Match #2– Great pocket chart activity:
Find the word that matches the picture. This helps reinforce the correct beginning and ending sound.
CVC True or False? Does the word match the picture?
Read the sentence, write the sentence, and match the picture:
CVC Box it Up! Laminate and use a dry erase marker to write on and wipe off.
Word Family Word Building Mats– just add magnetic letters or use a dry erase marker.
Complete the Sentence– with the CVC word.
CVC Cover by Code– Use the picture and color code to cover the correct word.
CVC Gameboard! Roll a die, move that number of spaces, and build the words with letter or use a dry erase marker.
CVC Puzzles– with recording sheet
Read and Cover– Read the word and cover the picture to match.
CVC Read and Match– segment and blend pages. These pages word on identifying the correct word by either changing the beginning or ending sound.
Read, Write and Match– Trace the word, write the word, cut and paste the picture to match.
CVC Sentences– Reading CVC Sentences with picture clues.
CVC Spelling Mats– These can be used with letters or with a dry erase marker.
Spin and Write a word family word. Use with magnetic letter or a dry erase marker.
CVC Stretch and Write:
CVC Find a Match! Each person takes turns finding and circle a pair of matching CVC words.
Race to the Top– Roll a die, read a word, and cover the word. Race to see which column wins!
Roll and Read– Roll a die, read the words in the box, and color a star. Keep rolling and reading until all stars are colored.
Roll, Spell and Cover– Roll a die, build a word, and cover the picture.
Say it, Spell it, and Cover it! 5 in a row wins!
Spin, Read and Cross it Off! Spin the spinner, read a word in the box, and cross it off. Partners can play with a different colored pen or dry erase marker.
I Can Spell Short a Words– CVC Spelling Practice: Identify the correct spelling and write the word on the lines.
CVC Boggle! Use the letters to build CVC words!
Missing Sounds! Each mat has 1-2 missing sounds.
Point and Read CVC words:
Roll and Build a CVC Word! Roll a die and build a short a word.
CVC Scrambled UP Words– Unscramble the 3 letters to make a word. Circle the picture to match.
Segment and Blend CVC words:
Segment, Blend, and Match:
Segment and Blend Short a Cards:
Short Stories– Decodable stories that include basic sight words and short a CVC words.
CVC Spin and Stamp:
CVC Tic-Tac-Toe– Spin the spinner and write the CVC word.
CVC Tic-Tac-Toe Read and Cover:
Write the Word– Use the Word Bank to write the correct word.
CVC Cut and Paste Readers– Read the simple sight word starter sentence, cut and paste the word that matches the picture.
Phonics Made Fun Level A will include all short vowels and a mixed review! I hope you and your students enjoy these fun activities!