Initial Sounds

Alison Whiteley

Isolating phonemes is a strategy that allows students to recognize individual

sounds in a word. Attending to these phonemes increases students’
awareness that words are made up of individual sounds that connect together to form a word. When students apply this strategy, they are demonstrating their ability to think about and separate individual sounds

from one another within a word (e.g., the first sound in dog is /d/, the medial
sound in wet in /e/, and the final sound in like is /k/. Identifying phonemes is a strategy in which students focus on separate

distinctions of initial, medial, and final sounds in words in recognize their
similarities and differences. Students who can use this strategy are able to think about and notice that two or more words may have the same initial sound, medial sound, or final sounds. Identifying these sounds is important as

students move through the development stages of reading, and it provides
students with a tool for reading as well as writing. I give these to students during small groups reading in sheet proctors with an expo marker. This gives me the opportunity to directly correct any mistakes before allowing students to practice on their own. Common Core: K.RFS.2d:Phonological Awareness: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds; isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds in three-phoneme (CVC) words.

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