Digital phonics activities for the entire year! Focus and systematic instruction that aligns with the scope and sequence of our Engaging Readers units for K-1.
Digital Phonics Activities
If you use our Engaging Readers units, you are hopefully familiar with the phonics lessons and activities that are included. Deanna and I spent a lot of time creating and modifying our phonics scope and sequence to align with what teachers need throughout kindergarten and first grade. With the changing times, we’ve gone digital! We took the phonics scope and sequence and created week-long, digital activities to support your phonics instruction.
This resource was originally created to support distance learning, but we are so happy to hear that teachers can’t wait to start using these digital phonics activities in the classroom, too. One idea is to have your students use a device during a whole-group lesson. In most of the week-long lessons, students are asked to build words. I love the idea of having a student come up to your Smartboard and build a word that you dictate. Then, the rest of your class also builds the word on their own device. What a great way to keep students focused and engaged during your phonics instruction.
You can also utilize these activities during other parts of your day. And of course, they work wonders for distance learning!
So, let’s take a closer look at the week-long sets. We opted to use fruit icons instead of page numbers. These are located in the top left corner and go in order as follows: apple, orange, pineapple, banana, strawberry. The icons correlate with the teacher cards. As you can see below, in week 25 on the orange day, students build a specific set of words. These activities are teacher-led.
Same thing here. Students build words using the letters provided. We’ve added several opportunities for word building within this resource. Wiley Blevins in his book, A Fresh Look at Phonics, states, “The two best types of exploration exercises that increase a student’s word awareness are word building and word sorts”. The two types of word-building he discusses are blending and word awareness. He explains that blending is simply where students make a word such as sat. They are then asked to change the letter s to the letter h and read the new word. On the other hand, in word awareness, students may make the word sat but then are asked to change it to hat. In this way, students must determine which letter needs to be changed. It allows students to truly think about words and how they work. (Blevins 2017)
Both of these types of word-building can be done with this resource. It all depends on how you dictate to your students.
Now, this one is different. Here, students are sorting pictures between the word families. This activity can be completed independently.
These digital phonics activities are available for kindergarten and first grade. Click here see them in my blog store:
Here are a few more ways to support phonics in your classroom:
- Fun Classroom Phonics Games to Support Kindergarten Literacy
- Engaging Kindergarten Phonics Games
- Phonics Stamping Center