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Jun 7, 2012

Teaching Phonetic Segmentation

The Task
Children learn to count the sounds in a word. For example, "Can you count the syllables or the word parts in football?"

1.     Rubber Band Stretch
2.     Teacher models with a large rubber band how to stretch out a word as the word is said. /mmmmmmmm-/aaaaaaaaaaaa-/nnnnnnnnn/
3.     Teacher models with stretched out band how to bring rubber band back to original length and says the word fast: /man/.
4.     Children pretend to stretch rubber bands as they say the sounds in different words.
5.     Stretchy Names
6.     Children and teacher clap and say a verse for each child in class:
7.     Children and teacher say the next child's name very slowly, stretching palms far apart as the word is stretched; RRRR-eeeee-bbbb-eee-ckckckck-aaa.
8.     Clap once quickly and say name fast: "Rebecca."
9.     Sound Boxes
10.  After children can do "rubber band stretch," teacher shows students how to make sound boxes on their papers or lap boards.
11. They learn to say a word, stretching it out, and then slide a marker into each box as they hear each sound or phoneme.
12. A Song to Teach Phonemic Segmentation
Listen, listen to my word,
Then tell me all the sound you heard:
/r/ is one sound
/a/ is two,
/s/ is last in race it's true.
Thanks for listening to my word
And telling all the sounds you heard!

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