Alphabet Arc Mats And Letters
Alphabet Arc Mats And Letters – Today’s blog is part 3 of a 3 part series on word building activities that you can incorporate into your lessons using your alphabet bow.
Practice makes permanent! This saying is something I come back to often as I reflect on my lessons. Am I providing enough practice for my students to consolidate their learning and gain automaticity in reading words? We know that the brain needs to make new neural pathways to convert our spoken language into a linguistic code since there is no special reading center in the brain. It’s hard work!
Alphabet Arc Mats And Letters
Children learning to read must spend time decoding—the practice of connecting speech sounds to print. This decoding work is a difficult task that needs to happen during reading instruction to enable the orthographic mapping process.
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Orthographic mapping is the process we use to become successful readers. It involves associating spoken sound units with letter representations in our language. It connects with spelling, pronunciation and meaning to find words instantly and combine this knowledge with unknown words. For more information on orthographic mapping, click here for the post.
While some children can transfer knowledge in one to four exposures, many need more practice to automate their reading. Those with dyslexia need explicit and systematic phonics instruction and ample opportunities to put this knowledge into practice.
An excellent way to provide practice that enables this bridge of knowledge is through word building skills. The Alphabet Arch offers students an effective way to practice sound-symbol relationships, and phoneme-grapheme correspondences, to strengthen the orthographic mapping process.
Explicitly teaching reading and spelling together is a powerful and effective approach. No need to wait to apply spelling links. When we teach decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) together, we help children map sounds to print.
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Print connection sounds right from the start. Before writing the words, students can practice matching the individual sound they hear to the corresponding grapheme(s) (letter/s) that represent a single sound).
You can use an alphabet arc for this exercise by giving students a word or picture and having them echo the sound and then draw the corresponding grapheme (letter). You can scaffold this instruction to have students identify the sound in initial, final, and medial position.
Explicitly teach phoneme-grapheme correspondences. Match the sounds with the letters from the beginning. This instruction helps students match the sound they hear with the letter representation of that sound. Over time, more and more phoneme-grapheme correspondences are learned.
If you need scaffolding for students, you can provide only those letters that are learned to place on the alphabet arch or on the phonics mat. This works well for students who may be overwhelmed by the alphabet arc when working on connecting sounds to letters.
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Add a daily review of previously learned sound symbol correspondences to your reading lesson. As students connect printable sounds by mapping the sounds to letter representations, they reinforce the connection between what we hear and the letter that represents that sound. Students then practice applying this skill to spelling by segmenting words into individual phonemes and writing or extracting from the alphabet the corresponding graphemes. Read more about spelling links HERE in this blog post.
Beginning readers must possess phonemic awareness, especially in the areas of segmentation and blending. Segmentation facilitates the activation of connections between phonemes and graphemes, and blending facilitates the application of a decoding strategy for reading unfamiliar words. These two mimic the process of orthographic mapping.
Segmenting power is also associated with decoding, reading and encoding or spelling. Segmentation is the ability to identify and segment individual phonemes (sounds) within a spoken word.
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Elkonin boxes, pompoms, mini rubber bands, colored tiles, etc. they provide a place marker for students to hold individual phonemes in their phonological memory. The procedures are as follows:
For example, for the word fit, we would segment the sounds into /f/-/i/-/t/. There are three sounds within this word, so students would pull a pom pom to represent each sound. Students then blend the sounds to read the word.
We want to remember that phonemic awareness lays the foundation for reading and that students who struggle with phonics and decoding often have serious weaknesses in phonological awareness.
Chaining, or word ladders, is a powerful way to build phonemic awareness, decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) all at once. This activity helps students connect speaking and printing as they manipulate the sounds within words.
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If you’ve learned that phonemic awareness can be done in the dark, and when letters are added, it becomes phonic, that’s true. However, research shows that when we associate sound with letters and manipulate them, it helps strengthen the connections between speech and print, which is part of orthographic mapping. This means that even with our early learners we can begin phoneme manipulation tasks.
Building new words based on previously learned phoneme-grapheme correspondences is key. Phoneme Manipulation requires students to use their understanding of segmentation, blending, sound placement within words, and the ability to isolate and change a sound to create a new word. There’s a lot going on with this assignment.
I’ve included a video at the beginning of this post as an example of laddering/word chaining in action. 👆
Word chains are an easy and fun way to incorporate phoneme manipulation into lessons within lessons and can be set up to meet the needs of all students.
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I hope you have found this series useful in helping your students build knowledge of the letter and connecting this to other areas of the alphabetic principle. This will help our students later in reading and spelling applications. As you can see in this series, teaching the basics of the alphabet doesn’t have to be boring. We can use a variety of modalities, including multi-sensory, to meet the needs of our unique learners.
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The collective of educators and parents creates connections and deepens understanding and knowledge through an empathetic approach to best help our children on their journey with dyslexia. I was just hired as a reading specialist. New country, new city, new school. Walking into my spacious new classroom, I found filing cabinets stacked and closets overflowing with materials left behind by a teacher who had just retired. I sighed, picking up the first thing on the table in front of me. Alphabet worksheet? The letters of the alphabet were arranged in the shape of a rainbow. Waste or preservation? Little did I know that this alphabet arch would turn out to be the answer to teaching students about letter recognition!
The Alphabet Arch is a multisensory intervention that uses plastic letters along with an alphabet mat to enhance:
Using this alphabet arch helps students learn to name and identify each letter by placing a plastic letter over the corresponding letter on the arch. It also helps build automaticity.
Research shows that knowledge of letter names is one of the most powerful predictors of learning to read and later success in reading (Caravolas, Hulme, & Snovling, 2001; Leppanen, Aunola, Niemi, & Nurmi, 2008; Schoatschneider et al., 2004). Every child must know the shapes, names and sounds of all letters in order to read well. In fact, good word reading ability begins with a well-established letter reading.
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“Skilled readers visually process almost every single letter of every word as they read, and this is true whether they are reading isolated words or meaningful, connected text.
Did you even realize you were doing this while reading this post? This research definitely supports the idea of teaching letters to automaticity! Not sure how to implement this in the classroom? Keep reading and I’ll show you it’s as easy as a, b, c!
These alphabet arc materials are inexpensive and can even be sent home for distance learning or homework.
Your students will love these letter recognition games using their alphabet arcs! First, spend some time introducing your students to letter mats. Then let the fun begin!
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Have the students put their finger on the letter A and start naming each letter. To prevent the train from running away, place a stop sign during the activity. Students will stop, stating the name of the letter. At this point, you might ask questions like, “What letter comes before ____? What letter is after ______?” Students will begin touching and naming the letters when you put down the stop sign.
Randomly place the plastic letters under the arch. Use the timer to see how fast