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Teaching 44 sounds
Submitted by Fiona (10-10-2012)
I teach a year 1/2 class in Australia. I work on a different sound each week. We have a chart with the 44 sounds on it and I start off the lesson by hunting for different sounds. I then give the children clues to find the sound we are going to do. We then brainstorm all the words we can think of that have that sound. I display these words on a cut out of the sound itself, eg, all the 'th' words are written on a 'th' shaped poster.
I display this on the wall with a poster underneath that has room for the kids to write words they find containing the sound. It also has boxes for alternative ways of making the sound. For example, when we did the 'ar' sound it had a big box for 'ar' as in shark but had two small boxes for 'a' as in raft and 'al' as in palm.
The children love finding words in books and writing them up on the charts. We have had to have a few follow up lessons on listening to the sounds and not just looking at the letters (eg, scared) but they have pretty much got it now.
Some of them have also started referring to the chart when they are writing. We use our sound of the week as the basis of our spelling words, complete worksheets on the sound and play games involving the sounds.
This is the first year I have done it this way and so far it seems to be working quite well.