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Vowels part2

Vowels part2

This lesson is designed to demonstrate a fun way to teach children about...
Vowels part 1

Vowels part 1

This lesson is designed to demonstrate a fun way to teach children about...
Syllables

Syllables

This lesson demonstrates ways to teach young children about syllables. They can be easy and...
முன்கணிப்பு – Prediction (Tamil)

முன்கணிப்பு – Prediction (Tamil)

Making predictions helps students think about different possibilities and test their critical thinking. Students can practice this by making predictions at the start of a new lesson. The translation and voice-over for this video were created by Learning Matters Pvt....
Asking Questions About a Storybook

Asking Questions About a Storybook

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This lesson on reading with children shows how a teacher can use a storybook to reinforce many things the students are learning. The teacher asks about related stories they have read, which helps with...
Alphabet Chant

Alphabet Chant

Heidi Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas To aid in stand letter recognition, we play a game where we have a call out and echo pattern between the teacher and students. This Alphabet Chant is an activity I like to use “student teachers” for and let...
Sentence Mix-up

Sentence Mix-up

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate | Wichita, Kansas Students put sentences in order to make a story that makes sense with a Sentence Mix-up activity. Read transcript So today, my students are going to be putting sentence strips in order. So I would like to show you the...
Sight Words

Sight Words

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students highlight words in a weekly reader, then they read to a parent or sibling. Repetition is the key to learning sight...
Blend Sounds

Blend Sounds

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students blend sounds together as a reading strategy. This helps beginning readers learn to put sounds together to learn unfamiliar...
Back Up and Reread

Back Up and Reread

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita , Kansas Students reread certain parts of a book to gain a better understanding of what the author is saying. The teacher can also use a hand gesture to help students...
Use the Pictures

Use the Pictures

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students use the pictures to understand new words while associating meaning to the text. Stopping to ask the students to use the pictures to discover new meanings. It also helps the student understand the...
Phonological Awareness Techniques

Phonological Awareness Techniques

Early Literacy Quick Clip: Phonological awareness is a long name for a simple idea: an awareness of the sounds of language. Watch examples of educators playing with language in different...
Counting Word Sounds

Counting Word Sounds

Angela Rusk | Colvin Elementary | Wichita, Kansas To help students break down the sounds that make up simple words, the teacher uses objects, or counters, as a visual aid. After stretching the word out and counting the sounds, the students then put the word back...
Parts of a Word

Parts of a Word

Arta Quam | Wichita Public Schools | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students break simple words into two parts, the onset and the rime, then put them back together...
Teaching Rhyming using Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down

Teaching Rhyming using Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down

Arta Quam | Wichita Public Schools | Wichita, Kansas The teacher leads an activity that helps students recognize rhyming words by listening for words that end with the same sound. The teacher says two words. If the words rhyme, the students indicate with a thumbs up....
Word Families: -ag and -am

Word Families: -ag and -am

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Word families are made up of words that end in the same sound. In this video, the teacher reviews one way she teaches the -ag and -am word...
Teaching Rhyme Production

Teaching Rhyme Production

Arta Quam | Wichita Public Schools | Wichita, Kansas The teacher leads oral activities that give students the opportunity to generate rhyming words. Each activity increases the students’ skill level for making their own...
Same and Different Ending Sounds

Same and Different Ending Sounds

DeLynne Osborne | Wichita Public Schools | Wichita, Kansas The teacher begins by using sets of picture cards and having students sound out the words using their fingers. After they have practiced several pairs of words with the same ending sound (bee and tree, bug and...
Teaching Pronouns Using a Chair

Teaching Pronouns Using a Chair

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher uses a chair(s) to teach the pronouns he, she, they. Students learn that pronouns replace proper...
Sounds Make Words

Sounds Make Words

Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear sounds and sound patterns within a spoken word. The teacher helps children listen to these sounds carefully and learn to hear the patterns within words. Over time, they learn how different sounds work together to make the...
Separating Syllable Sounds

Separating Syllable Sounds

Arta Quam | Wichita Public Schools | Wichita, Kansas There are many ways for students to practice breaking words down into syllables. In this video, the teacher and students focus on the sound made by only one syllable of a...
Doing the Syllable Hop

Doing the Syllable Hop

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Students practice breaking words down into parts by hopping the number of syllables. When the teacher gives them a word like elephant, they hop three times because the word has three syllables. Using motion helps keep...
Comparing Beginning Sounds Using Hand Signals

Comparing Beginning Sounds Using Hand Signals

Arta Quam | Wichita Public Schools | Wichita, Kansas During this activity, the teacher asks students to compare the beginning sounds of two words. If the two words start with the same sound, students hand signal with a thumbs up. If the two words don’t start...
Teaching Ending Sounds Through Movement

Teaching Ending Sounds Through Movement

Arta Quam | Wichita Public Schools | Wichita, Kansas Through the use of movement, the ending sounds of words are emphasized, making the ending sounds easier to remember. In this exercise, the teacher says a word and emphasizes the ending sound with her voice and by...
Activity and Worksheet for Learning Letters

Activity and Worksheet for Learning Letters

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students use a worksheet to learn about a new letter. In this video, the class learns about the letter “x” together, sounding it out, making its shape, and choosing pictures that...
Fun Activity for Identifying Letters and Words

Fun Activity for Identifying Letters and Words

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses this activity to show students the difference between a word and a letter. In this activity the “hungry;” only likes to eat the “fish with words;” so the students...
Read Aloud: Acting Out Verbs

Read Aloud: Acting Out Verbs

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas During story time, the students actively participate in learning action verbs. This helps the students remember the meaning of the word through a physical...
Helping Young Students Use Writing Tools

Helping Young Students Use Writing Tools

Kristin Freed | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This video explains the stages of how young children hold writing tools and how to help them. To write and draw well, children need to learn how to hold a crayon, pencil or pen with a three-finger grip. If a...
Blending Syllables to Make a Word

Blending Syllables to Make a Word

Arta Quam | Wichita Public Schools | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher and students practice putting syllables together to make a word. The teacher says two syllables of a word one at a time, and uses her fists to represent each syllable. The students...
Asking Students to Make Rhyming Words

Asking Students to Make Rhyming Words

In this lesson, the teacher says a word and asks students to come up with five words that rhyme with it. She gives the students “think time” — she says a word, then lets the students think about their answers for a few seconds, and then asks for...
Using Pictures to Teach Compound Words

Using Pictures to Teach Compound Words

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Here is a simple way to use visuals to teach about compound words. The teacher uses a picture of a compound word, cuts it in half, and writes the two parts of the compound word on the two halves. She has the students...
Introducing New Sight Words

Introducing New Sight Words

Tyla Ast | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, the teacher introduces five new sight words — words that have to be memorized because they don’t follow any particular rules for sounding out words. The teacher reads each sight word...
Using the Hungry Monster Game to Teach Rhyming Words

Using the Hungry Monster Game to Teach Rhyming Words

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas A rhyming lesson that uses objects and a pretend “monster.” The teacher says the monster wants to eat something, using a nonsense word that rhymes with one of the objects. The students then name the object...
Rhymes: Cheese Please

Rhymes: Cheese Please

Have fun learning about rhymes with Poochie, Stinkitty cat and Tails the mouse as they discover words that rhyme with cheese in Poochie’s pizza...
Teaching a Letter and its Sounds

Teaching a Letter and its Sounds

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This video shows one way to teach letters and sounds, using “x” — a letter that breaks the rules! The students learn that it usually makes the /ks/ sound, but it can also sound like /z/ in...
Compound Words Game with Hand Signals

Compound Words Game with Hand Signals

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This game helps students learn that compound words are made of two separate words. The teacher says a compound word and uses her hands to indicate the two words it is made from. Then she takes away one word...
Rhyming Game with Singing and Movement

Rhyming Game with Singing and Movement

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This active game called “Rhyme for a Dime” makes practicing rhyming words fun for young students. The whole class sings a song with clapping and motions, then the teacher says a word and asks a...
Ideas for Teaching Rhyming: Smiley Wiley

Ideas for Teaching Rhyming: Smiley Wiley

P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the students decide whether two words rhyme and use the characters of Smiley Wiley and Sad Sarah to indicate their choice of yes or no. Sometimes the teacher gives them two words and other...
Sounds of a Letter with Everyday Objects

Sounds of a Letter with Everyday Objects

Dana Barrientos | Harry Street Elementary | Wichita, Kansas The teacher focuses on one letter and the sounds that letter makes. Then, the teacher has the students identify and name some everyday objects. The students must then figure out which items begin with the...
Using Movement to Count Syllables

Using Movement to Count Syllables

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students clap, pat, and stomp to help them count the number of syllables in a word. Breaking words into syllables will help students when they are learning to spell later...
Using a Guessing Game to Teach Verbs

Using a Guessing Game to Teach Verbs

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, students play charades to practice acting out verbs. Students draw a picture card and perform the action for the rest of the class. As part of the game, the students also use the verb in...
Parts of the Body Rhyming Game with Students

Parts of the Body Rhyming Game with Students

Dana Barrientos | Harry Street Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, a teacher and students play a rhyming game called “Silly Simon Says.” The teacher says a nonsense word that rhymes with a part of the body, and the students say the name of the...
Ideas for Teaching Sight Words

Ideas for Teaching Sight Words

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This lesson focuses on Sight Words, commonly used words that don’t follow typical grammar rules. These words can’t be sounded out and have to be memorized. The teacher uses songs, flashcards, and a...
Breaking Words into Sounds to Teach Rhyming

Breaking Words into Sounds to Teach Rhyming

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, the teacher and students learn to create rhymes by breaking up a word into sounds. After sounding out the word, the teacher asks the students to change the beginning sound in order to create a...
Using Parts of the Body to Teach Rhyming

Using Parts of the Body to Teach Rhyming

Noel Lucero | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas A lesson that uses a game to teach rhyming words. The teacher points to a place on their body and instead of the correct word, uses a silly or nonsense word that rhymes. Students then replace the nonsense word...
Putting Sounds Together to Make Words

Putting Sounds Together to Make Words

Angela Rusk | Colvin Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This lesson uses objects to teach children how to put sounds together to create a word. After reviewing a set of objects, the teacher slowly sounds out a word and asks the students to match it to one of the...
Introducing Letters and Sounds with Pictures

Introducing Letters and Sounds with Pictures

Susan Ensz | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Using letter and animal picture cards, the teacher shows one way to teach letters and the sounds they make. This helps children learn to sound out and read simple...
Parts of Speech: Introducing Verbs

Parts of Speech: Introducing Verbs

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, students are introduced to the concept of verbs as action words. The teacher uses picture cards and has the students act out the word on the...
Parts of Speech: Introducing Nouns

Parts of Speech: Introducing Nouns

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this grammar lesson, the teacher introduces nouns using hand gestures and picture cards. The cards are then graphed to reinforce the categories and concept of nouns as people, animals, places, and...
An Activity for Counting Sounds in Words

An Activity for Counting Sounds in Words

Angela Rusk | Colvin Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, students learn to break down a word into its component sounds. The teacher shows the students an object, has them say the word, then stretch the word out into its parts while counting out each section...
Practicing Adjectives Using the “I Spy” Game

Practicing Adjectives Using the “I Spy” Game

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The class practices using adjectives while playing the “I Spy” game. Students use adjectives related to an item’s color, shape, size, and kind to give clues during the...
Teaching Adjectives Using Wrapped Objects

Teaching Adjectives Using Wrapped Objects

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, students unwrap packages and use adjectives to describe the contents. The teacher encourages students to look closely at the object and use multiple, descriptive adjectives. Then, the...
Story Structure: Beginning, Middle and End

Story Structure: Beginning, Middle and End

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this small group lesson, Heidi uses picture cards to show story structure. First she tells a story and points to the beginning, middle and end. Then students make up their own story and identify the...
Sounds in Words: Using Arm as a Visual

Sounds in Words: Using Arm as a Visual

Dana Barrientos | Harry Street Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teachers uses her arm as a visual aid to demonstrate the three sounds in a simple word. She taps her shoulder as she says the beginning sound, her elbow for the middle sound, and her...
A Song for Teaching Three-Letter Words

A Song for Teaching Three-Letter Words

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This song helps students learn simple, three-letter words. The teacher and students practice making the beginning, middle, and ending sounds of a word as well as the letters associated with those sounds, then...
Teaching Students to Write Their Names

Teaching Students to Write Their Names

Kristin Freed | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, children learn to write their names. The teacher reviews basic lines and shapes, demonstrating how they are combined to create the letters used to spell their...
Beginning Sounds Matching Game

Beginning Sounds Matching Game

Peggy Drew | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this game, the students learn about beginning sounds by matching picture cards with a card that represents the beginning sound and letter of the word that is pictured. The teacher begins by demonstrating how...
Visual Aid for How to Write Letters

Visual Aid for How to Write Letters

Dana Barrientos | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses pre-made shapes to show how the lines of letter are written. In this example, she asks if the lines of the letter “y” are straight, and the students answer that they are...
Making Words from Sounds Game

Making Words from Sounds Game

Dana Barrientos | Harry Street Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher gives the beginning sound and the ending sound of a simple word, and the students say the complete word. Then the teacher switches the order, saying the ending sound first and...
Letters of the Alphabet Song

Letters of the Alphabet Song

Dana Barrientos | Harry Street Elementary | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students sing the “ABC Song” together as the teacher points at the letters. This fun activity helps young children learn to recognize the letters of the alphabet, say the letter...
Using Books and Objects to Teach Fiction and Nonfiction

Using Books and Objects to Teach Fiction and Nonfiction

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students use a chart to categorize things as fiction or nonfiction. The teacher explains the difference between fiction (fantasy) and nonfiction (factual) books. Then students find books and...
Using a Song to Teach About What and Why Questions

Using a Song to Teach About What and Why Questions

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher uses the song “The Bear Went Over the Mountain.” When the song asks “What did he bring?” the teacher uses pictures to help the students answer what...
Recognizing Rhyming Words: Thumbs Up or Down

Recognizing Rhyming Words: Thumbs Up or Down

Dana Barrientos | Harry Street Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This activity helps students learn to recognize whether words rhyme or not. The teacher reads pairs of words, and the students show a “thumbs up” if the words rhyme or a “thumbs down”...
Teaching Letter Sounds with Singing and Movement

Teaching Letter Sounds with Singing and Movement

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Here is a fun, active way to teach letter sounds. The teacher leads students in learning the sounds the letter “C” makes using song, a rhythmic chant, body motions, and saying the sounds in...
Parts of Speech: Making Sentences

Parts of Speech: Making Sentences

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This lesson focuses on teaching students to build simple sentences. Students use flashcards with nouns, adjectives, and verbs to create a silly sentence and practice proper word...
Teaching Rhyming Skills Using the Mystery Bag Game

Teaching Rhyming Skills Using the Mystery Bag Game

Angela Rusk | Colvin Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This lesson uses a game to teach rhyming skills. The teacher pulls an item out of their mystery bag and, after repeating the word for the object, has students create real or nonsense words that rhyme with...
Sight Words Song

Sight Words Song

This sight word song was specifically written to help children memorize the spellings of some of the most commonly used high-frequency...
Rhyming Introduction & Practice

Rhyming Introduction & Practice

P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This simple chant activity and a copycat game can help reinforce rhyming knowledge and get the entire class involved together. Read transcript Rhyming is very, very important because that’s a skill where...
Jump Out Words: A Song about Sight Words

Jump Out Words: A Song about Sight Words

Jump Out Words are sight words that show up in reading material with high frequency. Words like “and”, “but”, “me”, “you”, and more. This song on sight words lets children dance and sing along as they learn, memorize and...
Word Families Song

Word Families Song

Children can have fun, sing, dance, roar and learn about rhyming words and word families with Rhymin’ Lion. Word families (also known as phonograms or “chunks”) are groups of words that have a common feature or pattern. They have some of the same...
Learn Sight Words

Learn Sight Words

Learn 25 Sight Words with this fun and energetic video. Great for early reading development. Words include: number, no, way, could, people, my, than, first, water, been, called, who, am, it’s, now, find, long, down, day, did, get, come, made, may,...
Song: Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels | AEIOU

Song: Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels | AEIOU

Children learn about and practice long and short vowel sounds while singing along to the tune of Old MacDonald. ******** “OLD MCDONALD HAD SOME VOWELS SONG LYRICS” Old McDonald had some vowels A-E-I-O-U And on his farm he had an A, AEIOU With an AA here,...
Kindergarten Games on Sounding Out Words

Kindergarten Games on Sounding Out Words

Kindergarten games on sounding out words are a great way to start developing a sense of grammar within those students. Find out about kindergarten games on sounding out words with help from a professional educator in this video. Steve Brostowitz teaches kindergarten...
Sight Words Song

Sight Words Song

Learn 25 Sight Words with this video from ELF Learning! Great for early reading development. Words include: will, up, other, about, out, any, then, them, these, so, some, her, would, like, make, him, into, time, has, look, two, more, write, go,...
Sight Words for Kindergarten

Sight Words for Kindergarten

Learn 25 Sight Words for Kindergarten with this video. It is perfect for the kindergarten and preschool classroom. Words include: or, one, had, by, words, but, not, what, all, were, we, when, your, can, said, there, use, an, each, which, she, do, how, their,...
Sing and Trace ABC Video

Sing and Trace ABC Video

This alphabet song leads children through the sounds and shapes of letters in preparation for writing. Based on Montessori method, presenting the sounds and motions needed to write the most-used letters–lower case. If students don’t have printed cards,...
25 Sight Words for Kindergarten

25 Sight Words for Kindergarten

This video helps kindergarten students learn and practice 25 sight words. Words include: the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it, he, was, for, on, are, as, with, his, they, I, at, be, this, have,...
A Game for Counting Syllables

A Game for Counting Syllables

A syllable is “how many beats are in a word.” The teacher and students use motions and their whole bodies to figure out how many syllables are in a word. As they go through the exercise, the students count syllables without the teacher’s help, and...
Word Family Blending

Word Family Blending

Blending onset and rime using several different gestures, songs, and chants. Note- letter displacement and word manipulation is being done predominantly in small group based on Words Their Way. I keep these questions fairly lower-level for whole group fast-paced...
Sounding Out Words

Sounding Out Words

This video shows students how to sound out words by pronouncing each letter from left to right. It can be used to help students practice sounding out...
The Parts of a Story Song

The Parts of a Story Song

This song helps children learn the typical structure of most stories by giving examples in a fun and easy call and response format. In addition to teaching the concepts of “beginning,” “middle,” and “end,” it teaches the vocabulary...
Exploring Compound Words

Exploring Compound Words

By analyzing compound words and their roots, students discover a strategy for understanding new vocabulary and improving their spelling. In this lesson, the students practice combining two short words into a new, longer, single word. For more information go to full...
Shape Boxes: Learning to Spell Sight Words

Shape Boxes: Learning to Spell Sight Words

To help students learn sight words, the teacher has them breakdown words into tall and short letters, and count the number of letters in each word. Then, she uses shape boxes to help children visualize the words. She also focuses on a small number of sight words each...
How to Teach the Alphabet

How to Teach the Alphabet

Being able to name the letters in the alphabet is one of the critical predictors of reading success. Most people like to start with the alphabet song, but there are several different activities that you can use to teach your child the alphabet. I always like to use...
The Reading Machine

The Reading Machine

Here is a phonics reading machine to help students practice sounding out words. You can turn the volume down and let your children make the sounds themselves, when they are ready. For MP3s, videos, worksheets and much more:...