Do your kids need lots of practice with phonics? Mine do and they don't like it. They pretty much hate anything that requires lots of writing so I decided to figure out a way for them to practice the skills in a meaningful way that they would enjoy. I am blessed that I teach in a tech 1:1 school so all of my kids have an iPad assigned to them. I went to my tech coach and asked her if she could purchase the SMARTboard app for my class. She did so I started creating tons of files for my kids. For short vowels, I have created 7 different activities for them to do using the SMART app.
1. Build it. Students use the letter tiles to build the word.There is a box for each phoneme.
All of the letters are cloned, so students simply touch the letter they need and drag it to the boxes at the top.
This activity looks a little different when students are working with blends. Some words are short vowels and students are expected to build the entire word. For words that are more difficult, students are expected to identify the blend and build the blend. Here's a could of screenshots.
Since students haven't learned vowel pairs, -ue is given. Students only need to build the blend.
This word is "self." Students can sound out and spell the entire word. I know what you're thinking, "How in the world are my kids going to know what word matches that picture?! I don't have time to pre-teach them all of these words!" You don't have to, and the students will NOT interrupt you either. See that yellow star? When students touch the star, it will say the word for them. Every picture in the blends files have a yellow star!
2 Build it. Write it. Students slide the letter tiles down to the first line to build the word. Then they use one of the pens from the Smartboard app to write the word on the handwriting lines.
For blends, I grouped together the silent or difficult sounds. This is the word "globe." The "be" are grouped together. Students can pull down the letters to spell globe and write it on the lines.
3. Circle it. Students use the pen to circle the word that matches the picture. The words are similar so students must read each word carefully.
Here's a sample from the blends file. As you can see, students are only identifying the blends. Some words have initial blends others have final blends. When students touch the star, it will say the word for them. Every picture in the blends files have a yellow star!
4. Letterboxes Students write the word in the letterboxes
Again, the blends file is modified so students are only writing short vowel words (skip) or writing in the blends (sn for snore.) When students touch the star, it will say the word for them. Every picture in the blends files have a yellow star!
5. Read it. Trace it. Draw it. Students read the word. Then, they use the pen to trace the word and draw a picture of the word.
For the blends file, I will have my students only do the short vowel words or use it for my higher students who are ready for a challenge.
6. Spell it. Students use the pen to circle the beginning,middle, and ending sounds in the word. Then they write the word on the line. I didn't include this activity for the blends file.
Students write the word that matches the picture.
I am so excited about using this with my students this upcoming school year! I am working on adding digraphs, long vowels, diphthongs, and more! You can check out my long vowels bundle. I have a free sample so you can try it before you buy it!