Just trying to get all of the flashcards that are finished uploaded, before I forget that I haven't done them. As always, you can click on the picture to download this resource, or just click here.
I'm planning to teach both FF and KN next week, rather than teaching them over 2 different weeks, as most of the kids in that Phonics group know them anyway. So I needed this resource right away. It's nice to have MB finished as well, and ready for the following week.
I think I only need to do the 'magic e' flashcards, then all of Stage 2 will be finished and available for others to use. I'll let you know when that happens, but hopefully soon. Get the KN & MB cards by clicking on the picture or by clicking here.
My daughter has been (very kindly) laminating and cutting out all of my flashcards for me, then organising them into 'Stage 2' and 'Stage 3' phoneme folders. She puts all of the flashcards for a given phoneme into a polypocket, which she then labels with that phoneme. All of the phonemes are in the North Lanarkshire order, so it's very easy to find each week's resources.
As the weeks go by, and I plan/create different activities for each phoneme, a template or resources for that activity will go into the polypocket - ready for the next time I teach P3.
I think this is what is a bit sad about moving stages...I already have a similar folder organised and ready to go for Primary 1....ah, well. Such is life, right? And when/if I ever move back to Primary 1, I'll be ready to go (except by then, I may well be dissatisfied with the way my P1 resources look...in which case this process may well start all over again).Nor
Off to enjoy a Friday night movie in the living room, I think. Such excitement!
The next 2 sets of Wall Words/flashcards are finished and ready for anyone to download and use - this file contains TH and NG flashcards. I hope you find them useful! In most of these sets, I've tried to find at least 12 age-appropriate words containing the target phoneme. I've also tried to divide them into 6 easier and 6 trickier words (in the file, I've arranged the words in order...roughly...from easiest to hardest). In the NG set, you'll find 4 verbs with the 'ing' ending - teaching verb endings is a great way to quickly expand decoding skills (kids get such a boost when they can read 'long words' like 'sitting' easily!).
I use these cards to introduce a new phoneme on Monday - we read the flashcards together as a class, and then I always have plenty of volunteers to help me transfer the word cards onto our 'Word Wall'. As you can see in the picture below (it's a screenshot of a page from the file you'll download), I always have a 'Phoneme (dipthong for American readers) Card' that gives the phoneme and a picture hint. All of the word cards are then posted under/around the Phoneme Card (depending on how crowded my wall is, and how many word cards I want to put up).
These cards then stay up all week (and beyond), for children to use as a resource for various phoneme-related tasks they are given throughout the week. I like to leave at least some of the cards up over the longer term - children need lots of repetition/reminders before some of the trickier phonemes move into long-term memory. Depending on your own wall space, and display policies at your school, you can chose to leave all or only a few word cards up, or you can transfer the Phoneme Card onto a 'Phoneme Pocket' (also attached to the wall) and put all of the word cards into the pocket - that way children can go and get them when/if they need them, but it takes up much less space than displaying everything.
Below, you can see all of the TH flashcards. 'This' and 'that' are difficult words to match with pictures - but so important for our kids to know to facilitate fluent reading and writing. The NG words are laid out similarly.
Please try them out and let me know what you think! And if you have any teacher friends who would find these useful, please send them over to my blog as well. :-)
I'll be adding more Wall Words as I get them converted into PDFs - why not bookmark or favourite this site, so you can get back easily to check what's available?
Along with having a wonderful visitor (my cousin) from the States this week, I've been hard at work finishing off Stage 2 and 3 phoneme flashcards/wall words. I just finished them all today (and I must say - I'm beginning to have quite an addiction to cute clipart from Teachers Pay Teachers!). Hopefully this weekend, or perhaps early next week, I'll be able to look into what steps I need to take to convert my Word files into files I can post on the Internet.
If you are working with North Lanarkshire's Active Literacy programme in the Infant department, please do check back!
I'm an American living in Scotland. After a year in Primary 3 (2nd grade), I'm moving to Primary 5 (4th grade) in August (2016). Archived posts will offer ideas for early years teaching - more recent posts may tend towards middle years, as I get to grips with a new stage. I hope you can find something that will be useful in your own class here.