Activity Ideas.

Here are some examples of activities you can try in the classroom. Letter sound bag of goodies: Collect some small items that you can put into a small bag. Ask the children to take an item out of the bag and say what it is. Then you can ask them to “spell” out the word using the letter sounds. For example, “it´s an ant” a-n-t. You can also do this using flashcards. The children choose a card from the bag and have to blend out the word. I say it, you say it. Prepare some flashcards with some words that the children can blend and read out. Give a few example of the activity by reading out the first word and then blending it. As a whole group, the children then copy you. For example, “Man, m-a-n.” Then the children can take turns reading out the words and blending them and the rest of the class copy them. They can also do this using the actions. Point to the answer. This is good practice for blending. Ask some questions using words that you can blend, for example, where is my n-e-ck? Point to the pe-n. Where is my c-oa-t? Is this a h-a-t? Point to your l-e-g. Do it! Ask the children to follow the instructions. h-o-p, cl-a-p, j-u-m-p, s-i-n-g, r-u-n, s-k-i-p, s-i-t, sh-ou-t, p-oi-n-t, p, b-r-u-sh, c-u-t, etc. What´s in the bag? Similar to the bag of goodies. Tell the children “in my bag there is a b-oo-k”. They have to tell you what is in your bag, for example, “in your bag there is a book”. Tricky word race. Hand out two sets of tricky words that the children are familiar with. Form a circle. Call out a tricky word and the child who reaches you first is the winner.

wh-i-s-p-er, dr-i-n-k, s-l-ee-


The fist child to get all their sounds crossed out has to shout bingo. Ask the children to fill in their grid and then start calling out the words and sounds. Space the feet out on the floor and read out a list of words. “chip”. It is also a great way to introduce the concept of a dictionary to the children. On A3 card. For example. They should be words that the children can spell (decodable) or familiar tricky words. rhymes. For example. Class dictionary. Ideally you could laminate the feet and with a marker write some letter sounds on the feet. chants and stories. For example. pin. Spelling Bee. Improve the childrens level of comprehension and vocabulary by doing lots of songs. etc. Ask the children to draw or find pictures that represent each letter sound (for example in magazines and newspapers). Happy feet letter sounds. etc. using the first group of tricky words and CVC words you may read a story like this: I the she to /b/ /d/ /p/ /s/ 2 /ch/ . You can do lots of variations of this game. reading out letter sounds and/or tricky words. or you can help them out by miming the actions. You can also do this with CVC words (cat. etc). They then have to read back the sounds to you. games. Write on the blackboard some letter sounds and tricky words (for example 20 different sounds and words). Traditional songs. Have a list of words prepared. pin. They should repeat the word. Ask the first child to spell the first word. The child/children (you could do this in pairs) have to jump on the feet that the word pertains to. For example. The child should jump on the feet that have /ch/ written on them. d-o-g. The group that has the most points. The children who find spelling difficult or who need extra help can try spelling out the words using the actions. If they are all correct then they are the winner. make a class dictionary for every letter sound that the children learn. dog. bat. Every day a different child is chosen to “read” revise a or various letter sounds. Divide the class into two groups. stories.Tricky word bingo. wins. On a piece of paper make a grid of three lines down and three lines across. spell it out and then repeat it again. Dog. Print out a template of some feet (you could do animal paw prints if you prefer or any kind of template). on the feet are the letter sounds: /s/ /ch/ /t/. It is a great homework activity or class activity. You can also read out a short story and the children have to pay attention to when you say specific sounds or tricky words.

If you give out various “qu” ducks. Call out a word. Write some letter sounds on some ping pong balls. this is done with plastic ducks you can buy for bath time. Instead of ping pong balls. “bird”. it was time to go home. the children who are holding them could be chosen to do the 5 little ducks song. Make sure you have enough for each child and on the bottom of the ducks write a letter sound or digraph. or tennis balls. for example. for example. /b/ “bat”. as an extra incentive to the game. Pass the ball. …bear”. You could do word building and blending activities similar to letter sound ping pong. For example. for example. So the cat said “goodbye” to the dog. “pen”. for example. Soon. The children all take turns to take a duck out of a bag and then you can go round the class asking which letter sound duck they have. A slightly harder variation for older children is to remember all the words that have gone before them. a cat decided to go to the park. one for every child. The children have to organize themselves to find the other letter sounds that make up that word. Letter sound wheel. You can continue until you run out of words.One day. or flashcards. etc. /b/ “bird. In the park she saw a big silly dog who was chasing his tail! The cat wanted to play with the dog and chase his tail too. The teacher can begin the game by holding the ball and saying out loud /b/ and then a word that begins with /b/. 3 . Get the children into a circle. you could use balloons. for example. Letter sound ducks. bat. Be sure you prepare the words to correspond with the letter sounds you hand out to the class! There are many variations to using ping pong balls. If you are very brave you could do this as a whole class activity in the playground or anywhere you have a lot of space! Letter sound ping pong. /e/ and /n/ have to get together to make that word. The children who have /p/. Tell the children we are going to think of words that begin with (any of the letter sounds that they are familiar with) the letter sound /b/. You can do a couple of sets of the same letter sounds. etc. Then the teacher passes/throws/bounces the ball to another player and they repeat the process and call out a different word.

The other child should respond with the correct letter sound and then a word that corresponds to the sound. Role play ideas and activities for the letter sounds. For example. sun. Ask for two volunteers and dress one child as a doctor and put a scarf on the other. /ai/ or /ar .Prepare letter sounds/tricky words/alternative sounds on small pieces of paper or card. Divide the class into two groups.A visit to the doctor. for example. and act out their new skills. /oo/ – Cuckoo. I see you!” The child in the middle of the group has to guess who is singing to them. Most English teachers find that the more the children participate when learning a new concept. or cough as if sick. Role play is fun and easy to do. changing partners each time they move.The wind and the sun. Each child from the circle should face a child from the other circle. The outer circle begins the game by moving clock-wise around the inner circle. You can narrate the story for /ai/ or /ar/. or look into their mouth. You can either buy or make some props for this role play activity. Ask the children to form a circle with one child blindfolded in the middle. where are you? This is a song/chant taken from Jolly Music (beginners level). /w/ . One group makes a small circle and the second group forms a circle around the first group. where are you?” The teacher quietly chooses a child from the circle and they respond “here I am.” When they have completed the circle the other group then goes anti-clockwise. you could make card hats for the Sun and the Wind and dress the man or 4 . showing their flashcard to each child as they pass them. the easier it will be for them to remember that concept. “it is /s/. You will need 3 volunteers and you will need to dress them up accordingly. listen carefully. Role play is also a fundamental part of teaching English as a second language as it activates the children and encourages them to participate. It´s a great way to motivate children. The child in the middle then sings/chants “cuckoo. They should show their flashcard to each different person and ask them what their sound is. one child could examine the other child with a stethoscope. for example. asking the children to act out the story as you go along. This is based on the Aseop´s fable.

scarf. etc. /qu/ . Over the hills and far away. Then you can narrate the story (which is also in the Jolly Phonics Handbook) and the children act out the story with you. Now the bell is chiming. You need 6 volunteers for this. /ue/ . (the children move back). then swap over. cry. hat. fly. crawl. This is a popular song/chant about a family of ducks. five baby ducks and a mummy/daddy/sister/brother duck. or by simple saying “go” and “stop!” The children have to move/dance when the music starts and then when the music stops they must become super still statues.lady in a coat.Super Still Statues. But. etc. (the children go forward) Now it´s going back. with a leader that walks the train around the classroom. only four little ducks came back. Anyone that moves is eliminated from the game. Here is the choo choo train. Continue until none of little ducks came back (the mummy duck could cry) or all of the little ducks came back (mummy duck is very happy). clñap. Five little ducks went swimming one day. dance. for example. This is also a great way to practice clothes vocabulary and revise the weather. run. hop. You can either do this by starting and stopping some music/singing/instruments.Here is the train. 5 . or you could divide the class into two groups with one group saying the chant and the other group being the train. A variation of this game is to use different verbs instead of music. Chugging down the track (the children say ch-ch-ch-ch) Now it´s going forward. Mummy duck said “quack quack quack quack”.Five little ducks. /ch/ . You can organize the children into one line.

You can either use a hand puppet for this poem and ask the class to say the rhyme and each time a child could take turns with the puppet. Soft kitten. (the leader can blow a whistle) What a lot of noise it makes. purr purr purr. little ball of fur.(one child rings some bells) Now the whistle blows. warm kitten. Lazy kitten. (taken from Jolly Music for Beginners). pretty kitten. You can also dress a child up as a kitten.Soft Kitten. Everywhere it goes! /k/ . 6 .

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