Level 2 - Exploring Sounds In Words - Transition Level
This is a transition level that prepares students to read short vowel words. It includes many of the same skills taught in Learning The Alphabet, Books 1 And 2, but at a higher level.
Students do oral blending exercises with two and three-sound words. They listen to individual sounds pronounced by the teacher and put them together to pronounce a word. .
Students do segmenting exercises, separating spoken words into their individual sounds, using the same picture pages used for the oral blending exercises.
Students concentrate on the alphabet letters and their sounds. Sound story pages should be read aloud by the teacher from A Sound Story About Audrey And Brad, Part 1. The pages introduce twenty-seven sound pictures and the alphabet letters that represent those sounds. This includes all of the consonant sounds, five short vowel sounds, and the long i sound.
Handwriting pages are included in a separate book, Exploring Sounds In Words Manuscript Handwriting. For each new letter, students trace large capital and lower case letters with a pencil to become familiar with the correct letter formation. Then they trace and copy small letters, both new and review, and an illustrated word.
The teacher provides extra practice by dictating letters that have been taught for students to write on lined paper. The letters are taught in the same order in which they are introduced in the sound story: t i h l n w u b m r f x e s j o c d a v g p k y qu z. The letters that are easiest to write are introduced first, and the letters that are more difficult are taught later.
Using picture pages, students learn to recognize and write the beginning and ending consonant sounds in words. The pages are carefully arranged, so that students become familiar with the new beginning sound first before they are expected to discriminate between the new sound and other sounds. The same approach is used for the ending sounds. As they progress through the books, students also complete "Put It Together" picture pages on which they must identify and write beginning, ending, and medial short vowel sounds.
Students at this level do not begin reading short vowel words, but they practice building them with plastic letters, which provides an introduction to the phonetic nature of words. To build a word, students say each sound in order as they move the letters into place on a work mat. This prepares students to spell and read words at the short vowel level.
Students also practice pronouncing two-letter combinations, such as ab, ac, ad, and af, sliding the sounds together smoothly. Because these combinations are not real words, they are called "Silly Sounds." At the short vowel level, students will begin reading three-sound short vowel words. Putting three sounds together to read a word can be surprising difficult for beginning readers. Learning to put two sounds together first will prepare students to begin reading words at the short vowel level.
Books To Use
Exploring Sounds In Words
Exploring Sounds In Words Manuscript Handwriting
Picture Dictionary A-Z
A Sound Story About Audrey And Brad
Sound Picture Cards
Apple Alphabet Game
Apple Concentration Game
Beginning Sound File Folder Games
Ending Sound File Folder Games