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Phonics Lessons

Letters, Words, and How They Work: Grade K

Irene Fountas, Lesley University, Gay Su Pinnell, The Ohio State University

ISBN 978-0-325-00407-5 / 0-325-00407-2 / 2002 / 464pp / PREPACK
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The research is in, and it's conclusive: the single most important factor in students' reading success is a skillful, informed teacher. In particular, Phonics Lessons provides scientific information about the complex, intricate relationships between letters and sounds and the ways in which they work to support developing readers.

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Phonics Lessons K: Letters, Words, and How They Work includes:

  • Book of Minilessons
  • Teaching Resource Binder with Assessment Guide, Materials and Routines, Games, Templates, Picture Cards, and Letter/Word Cards

Each book is a complete Phonics and Word Study Curriculum for each of the primary grades. With 100 Minilessons for each of the three grade levels. You can use the month-by-month planning guide, the assessment checklists, and the lesson selection map to choose the lessons that align with your students' needs and the Word Study Continuum. The Continuum encompasses nine scientific categories of learning:

  • Early Literacy Concepts
  • High-Frequency Words
  • Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
  • Spelling Patterns
  • Letter Knowledge
  • Word Structure
  • Letter/Sound Relationships
  • Word-Solving Actions
  • Word Meaning

Each 4-page lesson includes:

  1. Professional Understandings
    Explanations of underlying principles research, and suggestions for working with English Language Learners
  2. 3-part Lesson plan
    • Teach Step by step instructions for implementing the lesson
    • Apply Application activities and routines for teaching them
    • Share Guidelines for reinforcing principles and helping children share their learning
  3. Follow-up
    Assessment links to literacy framework, extensions, and home connections

Learn more about Phonics Lessons by visiting phonicsminilessons.com where you can review the table of contents, download sample lessons, read a passage from the introduction, and watch a lesson walk through!

Early Literacy Concepts

  • Learning Your Name (Songs and Chants)
  • Recognizing Names (Name Chart)
  • Hearing Words in Sentences (Cut Up Sentences)
  • Sorting and Connecting Names (Three Way Sort)
  • Recognizing First and Last Letters (Making Names)
  • Locating First and Last in Print (Little Books)
  • Matching Word by Word (Cut Up Sentences)
  • Making Sentences (Little Books)
Phonological Awareness (including Phonemic Awareness)

  • Hearing Rhymes (Songs and Poems)
  • Hearing More Rhymes (Poems)
  • Hearing Rhymes (Picture Sort)
  • Hearing Syllables (Picture Sort)
  • Hearing Syllables (Chant)
  • Hearing, Saying, and Clapping Syllables (Picture Sort)
  • Words Slowly to Hear Sounds Early (Picture-Word Match)
  • Hearing Beginning Sounds (Picture Match)
  • Hearing Beginning Sounds (Picture Sort)
  • Hearing Ending Sounds (Picture Sort)
  • Hearing Ending Sounds (Picture Lotto)
  • Hearing Ending Sounds (Picture Cards)
  • Making Rhymes (Picture Concentration)
  • Hearing and Producing Rhymes (Rhyming Lotto)
  • Hearing Long Vowel Sounds in the Middle of Words (Picture Match)
  • Blending Syllables (Lotto Game)
  • Hearing First and Last Sounds (Writing Words)
  • Hearing and Saying Beginning Sounds ("Trip" and Line-Up Games)
  • Hearing and Blending Onsets and Rimes (Follow the Path)
  • Identifying and Blending Onsets and Rimes (Go Fishing)
  • Hearing and Substituting Sounds (Picture Cards)
  • Hearing Middle Sounds (Two Way Sort)
  • Hearing Sounds in Sequence (Picture Cards)
  • Blending Sounds in Words (Lotto Game)
  • Hearing and Deleting Sounds (Picture Cards)
  • Hearing, Saying, and Deleting Beginning Sounds (Picture Cards)
Letter Knowledge

  • Exploring Letters (Letter Play)
  • Recognizing Letters (Magnetic Letters)
  • Learning Letters (Names with Stars)
  • Learning Letters (Name Puzzle)
  • Recognizing and Naming Letters (Alphabet Linking Chart)
  • Making Letters (Art Materials)
  • Learning Letter Forms and Names (Letter Match)
  • Learning Letters (Alphabet Soup Game)
  • Learning Letter Names (Letter Minibooks)
  • Learning Letters in Names (Name Graph)
  • Letters in Names (Marching Game)
  • Learning to Write Your Name (Name Card Trace)
  • Learning to Look at Letter Features #1 (Letter Sort)
  • Learning to Look at Letter Features #2 (Letter Sort)
  • Identifying Letters in Words ("Bingo" Song)
  • Learning to Form Letters (Verbal Path)
  • Recognizing Uppercase and Lowercase Letters (Two Way Sort)
  • Recognizing Uppercase and Lowercase Letters (Alphabet Lotto)
  • Forming Letters (Handwriting Book)
  • Learning to Form Letters (Handwriting Books)
  • Labeling Consonants and Vowels (Letter Sort)
  • Understanding Alphabetical Order (Magnetic Letters)
  • Learning Alphabetical Order (Follow the Path)
  • Learning the Initials for Names (Name Chart)
Letter-Sound Relationships

  • Beginning Consonant Letters and Sounds (Pocket Chart Match)
  • Connecting Beginning Sounds and Letters (Picture-Word Match)
  • Beginning Letters/Sounds (Picture Sort)
  • Beginning Consonant Letters and Sounds (Picture Lotto)
  • Beginning Consonant Letters and Sounds (Finding Words in Print)
  • Learning Letters and Beginning Sounds (Class Alphabet Book)
  • Learning Letter Names and Sounds (ABC Board)
  • Recognizing Beginning and Ending Consonant Sounds (Making Words)
Word Meanings

  • Learning Color Words (Matching Words)
  • Locating Color Words in Text (Words in Poems)
  • Learning Number Words (Matching Words)
  • Locating Numerals and Number Words in Text (Making Words)
  • Connecting Words That Go Together (Family Pictures)
  • Learning the Days of the Week (Matching Words)
  • Locating Days of the Week in Text (Making Sentences)
High Frequency Words

  • Building and Writing High Frequency Words #1 (Making Words)
  • Building and Writing High Frequency Words #2 (Making Words)
  • Recognizing High Frequency Words (Lotto)
  • Building and Writing High Frequency Words #3 (Making Words)
  • Building and Writing High Frequency Words #4 (Making Words)
  • Building and Writing High Frequency Words #5(Making Words)
  • Locating High Frequency Words in Text (Poems and Songs)
Spelling Patterns

  • Noticing Word Features (Two Way Sort)
  • Making Words (-at) (Magnetic Letters)
  • Making Words (-an) (Magnetic Letters)
  • Making Words (-ay) (Magnetic Letters)
  • Making Words (-and) (Magnetic Letters)
  • Making Words (-ake) (Magnetic Letters)
  • Making Words (-ike) (Magnetic Letters)
Word Structure

  • Learning Words: Simple Plurals (Concentration)
  • Adding s to Change Word Meanings (Making Words)
  • Learning About Compound Words (Highlighting Words)
  • Recognizing Syllables (Syllable Sort)
Word-Solving Actions

  • Making Connections Between Names and Other Words (Name Lotto)
  • Using Letter-Sound Analysis (Writing Words)
  • Making New Words by Changing the First Letter (Magnetic Letters)
  • Making New Words by Changing the First Letter (Magnetic Letters)
  • Using Known Words in Simple Texts (Cut up Sentences)
  • Using Parts of Words to Solve New Words (Highlighting Word Parts)
  • Changing Last Letter to Make Words (Magnetic Letters)
  • Changing First and Last Letter to Make Words (Magnetic Letters)
  • Using Known Words to Solve Words (Cut Up Sentences)

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