The following are the websites that we are using for our ULearn workshop looking at Phonological Awareness.  These are only a very small number of the possible online activities and some of the sites have tons of resources in them.  What we are suggesting is that if you find or know of something really good then add it in the comments so we get an ever-expanding list.
We have hyper linked the key part of the description of each site so you can quickly get an idea of the content and follow up on the things of most interest and use to you.

Greg’s delicious site (http://delicious.com/gregc5) also has links as does Jane’s (http://delicious.com/saltnz). We are continually adding to these lists so feel free to come back and peruse any time, or subscribe to a tag in your aggregator. There are teacher resource, class activity and academic readings in our tag lists.

So … have a look at these sites we have chosen simply as a starting point. Browse, follow links, google and search, and don’t forget to add good sites you find in the comments.

Online Resources:

  1. Free Reading initial taxonomy showing children’s oral language development.
  2. List of user-submitted phonological awareness activities from the Free Reading website.
  3. Free Reading website – activities organised in a developmental in hierarchy. Teacher notes and lesson plans.
  4. Definition and teacher activities.
  5. Simple rhyme game.
  6. How the sounds are made in terms of the physical production of the phonemes. Has demos too (note: a couple of mistakes pronouncing them). American pronunciation and emphasis.
  7. Lots of very cool games focusing on sound discrimination and listening. Earobics – graded in 3 levels too which is good for grouping etc.
  8. ICT Games site. You will have to pick and choose but some good phonological awareness games in here. Has informative summaries of what skill they focus on and how to play. Has activities for other Literacies too if you return to the homepage.
  9. Roy the Zebra – very simple and structured phonics activities
  10. Adventure game with simple structure where you have to help characters solve phonological awareness and phonics puzzles to progress on the quest.
  11. Starfall.com – A gazillion online literacy activities broken into levels. Not just phonological awareness …
  12. Elmo rhyming game
  13. Auditory discrimination activity with a focus on initial sound. American accent but not too bad.
  14. Very simple letter recognition and letter sound activities
  15. Linking listening, phonics and initial sounds – listen to words and find them from choice of three.
  16. From the Scholastic website which has a lot of good activities –this one is a simple rhyming activity. Follow the links to other games and activities too. Good teacher resource materials as well.
  17. Games that show phonemes with sound. (Shockwave so probably best on Windows computers as I couldn’t get the Mac plug in to work properly).
  18. Alphabet activities from Starfall.com Very Simple.
  19. A gazillion games and activities from Quia.com. Another of the places that has almost too many things to choose from – you could spend all day in here.

Don’t forget “offline” activities like:

  1. Using Kidpix to make a picture or scene of something with a particular sound in it. See if people can guess the sound – put the answer under a flap so people can check.
  2. Using ComicLife to find photographs/images of things starting with /ending with /including a particular sound. Again have a flap so people can check. Make a book of them? Post on the wall?
  3. Use Kidspiration/Inspiration to make a mind map of things with particular sounds in them. Simply cut out and past on paper?
  4. Use Garageband/ Audacity/ PhotoBooth/ iMovie to record a story, poem, tongue-twister, etc with a particular sound in it.
  5. Make a list of words – write, type, illustrate….
  6. Record a list of words in audio – are they spelt the same? What is the spelling pattern?
  7. Interview people in the class about “how many words you know that ….”. Try the teachers or other adults?
  8. Make posters from pictures in magazines focusing on a particular sound. Group them according to spelling pattern – eg ‘k’ can be represented by letters ‘k’, ‘c’, ‘q’, or ‘ch’. A homework task to find a picture for each?
  9. Make a snap or dominoes game using sound focused pictures from magazines.
  10. Commercial games and activities – Smartkids etc.

Can you add any other ideas to this list? Again put them in the comments ….

Feel free to contact either of us directly!

Jane – jcarroll@clear.net.nz

Greg – gregc@outram.school.nz

5 Responses to “Phonological Awareness workshop”
  1. Thanks for sharing that Greg. I wanted to attend your workshop but had to leave the conference early (plus I think you were booked out!). These links will be really helpful for me back at school.

  2. Thanks for sharing…

  3. […] They outline developmental expectations in the same way as Effective Literacy Practice series and have great outlines of what to look for in different aspects of Oral Language.  It is great to see the focus on phonological awareness and the skills that come before the phonics instruction/programmes that are all the rage at the moment.  There are also a lot of resources in different links in this blog -- like HERE […]

  4. […] Carroll added a really useful link to his post on a similar theme that I post here in case you don’t have a mind to read the comments directly. addthis_url = […]

  5. Thank you, Great Work

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