Monday, April 6, 2015

Attention... Doing Intervention

Can your students blend and segment? 
Sorry that I have not been blogging lately but with report cards and conferences I was busy with school 24/7. As I created assessments and checked off the skills my students were suppose to have mastered I realized that many of my students were not picking up on many phonemic awareness skills. They are all English language learners and they are just not ready to blend or segment.They were unable to hear subtle differences in sounds. What does a teacher do? We are assessing our students on these skills earlier than ever and often they struggle with these demanding skills.
So how do I help them achieve these goals? I knew I needed to create some materials that would help to scaffold their learning. I want to share some of these ideas with you.
First, I needed to stay organized and pull students who needed additional support. My middle group needed to refine these skills so I needed good materials to build on their understandings. 
I found the perfect box at Target that had 2 drawers that snap together and hold so many games and cards. I labeled each game and placed them in slider bags that I purchase at a fantastic store called Daiso where all items are $1.50. They have gorgeous, brightly colored containers that I have trouble resisting. Check it out!

Here is what the contents of my box looks like. Cards can be quickly turned into a fishing game with self adhesive magnets and a couple of magnetic rods. Students love all variations of this game. Check out my FB page for pictures of this. Each activity is in its own slider bag.

GREAT TEACHER TIP: I created a small set of cards that I keep in my box to use as a quick reference. I love this resource and find myself grabbing it all the time. I have lists of words sorted by vowels, or the number of phonemes in a word. I can add to these cards easily as my kids acquire skills and make it increasingly more difficult. Maybe I will actually get to blends and digraphs. I'll keep you posted.
 These are segmentation mats that I made to use during small group instruction. My students love them and I have had so much success using them. I give each child in my group the same picture card that goes in the box provided. We say each phoneme in the word together and slide a gem onto the blending line into a space. Once we have finished this I ask students how many sounds they have heard. This is very effective because it is so concrete. Sometimes I use seasonal erasers (small ones from Dollar Tree) to jazz things up!
This is an idea that has been around forever but if you have never seen these sliders then you might like this concrete idea for segmenting a word. As students make each individual sound they slide one bead to the right. Each bead is a different color. This is similar to moving small tiles but it is all contained and easy to store. I have a class set of these and students stay far more engaged using them.
The little, laminated book is for recording words when doing basic cvc words. Students use a dry erase marker that has an eraser on the back

During my assessments it became clear to me that often my ELL's did not hear the difference between vowels and needed far more practice with this. I started out with the OCR letter- sound cards under each vowel to scaffold their learning. It worked like a charm and they got so much better with this skill, over time. You can have them clip the medial vowel with a small clothespin or use those glass gems. Students are far more interested in practicing this skill when they have materials to interact with!

I also created cards that had pictures and we went through the same process, listening to each sound and placing a gem on the medial sound we heard. The more we practiced the better their listening skills got. They felt so proud of their successes and this greatly impacted on their spelling and writing. Wowza! I was on a roll and spending big bucks on printer ink. Sometimes you gotta have color!

You knew I was going to pull out spinner games... right? These are glossy and brightly colored but I sorted them by vowel so they would be much more successful with lots of repetition. I also created a response sheet to give them practice writing cvc words. They loved these games and I just had them use a pencil and paper clip to create a spinner. Easy-peasy... 

 From these spinner games I moved on to creating the same activity, just using paper. This is perfect for additional practice, completed independently.
What is it about mystery words that create some much enthusiasm? This is a game we did collaboratively in groups of 4. Students share a mat and each child has their own "riddle" to solve by using letters that match the sound cards. Once the children in the group agree that the word has been done correctly, it is recorded on a response sheet. This was a huge hit in my classroom. Remember to allow your students to work collaboratively to co-construct their knowledge.

These are flip books that I created to reinforce those cvc words and have more practice writing these words as the children listen carefully to individual sounds. I ran these on both sides and let my students color them in.

I have many other materials that I created but I will save that for another blog post. Do you have any other activities for intervention that really work for you? I hope you leave a suggestion. I am always looking for the next great suggestion. I also need to post a freebie since it has been far too long!


lorena said...

Such great ideas, Fran. Thanks for this post! One of the things we also do is practice segmenting CVC words down our arm.

Sandy Welch said...

Wow! Fran! This is a wonderful post. I'm up at 5am perusing blog posts before i head off to school, and I love every single one of these great activities. I want to see the assessments you developed too-I bet they're fantastic. Really helpful post.

Kasi Dominick said...

I also have ESL students who would benefit GREATLY from these activities. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas! Is this product in your store?

Oma Sara Bates said...

Thanks for all the ideas. Please explain how the pencil and paper clip work for a spinner. Thanks.

Fran Kramer said...

Hi Oma Sara Bates,
One student holds a pencil in the middle of the spinner with a paper clip under it. The other child spins the clip and responds, depending on where it lands. Students love this so much! Try it.

Nicole Lawler said...

I love these segmenting activities! I have many ESL students with similar difficulties and would love to try these fun ideas. Are they available on TPT? Thanks for sharing!

Maryann said...

Hi Fran!
You "outdid" your self again! I love all these ideas for segmenting! My evaluation depends on how much growth a student makes this year-what pressure to get kids to understand blending sounds,etc. expecially the ESL students. These activities you explained are great. Will you have these to purchase on TPT? oh, pretty please!!! Thanks,

Gita Prastiwi said...

Great Post
Thank's For Shared I Like This !


Beth said...

I am very interested in purchasing the activities that you are showing in this post - the phonemic awareness activities. Where can I purchase them?
Thanks so much.
Beth Vondran

- - bakyun - - said...

Oh my gosh!! I love ALL of these ideas!! I'm going into TK this year after a few years in 3rd grade. These are so useful!! I don't even know where to start!! Do you folllow a curriculum map?