This was a great change, however, I still had a hard time figuring out which skills each student really needed to work on and I found myself always having the students read and discuss books or reviewing the weekly phonics skills that was taught during whole group instruction.
Anyways, long story short, two years ago I created this binder.
|I just changed the cover yesterday to add some cuteness 😉|
|Sorry. I don’t know why it loaded sideways.|
I write all of my students names on small Post-It notes and place them on the first page, which is letter names. I start off the year by calling small groups over and making sure that my students know all of their letter names. Once a child knows all the letter names, I move their post it to the next section of phonemic awareness (rhyme and alliteration). I have now created a new small group that I will work on these skills. If a child has mastered rhyme and alliteration, their post it will be moved to the next section (sentence segmenting). You will find that many of your students will move quickly through the phonemic awareness sections, but others will get stuck at one or two. This is why this is so helpful, because now you know what to focus on for these particular students and you also know that those that have moved on, truly have these skills mastered.
|These students have mastered all of the phonemic awareness sections and they have moved onto the phonics sections.|
This allows me to pull over 4 or 5 students that all need to work on words with short a, for example. Usually during small group time, I will work on a phonemic awareness or phonics skill and then we will do some guided reading or some other type of reading work.
Also, behind each sheet protector with the skill, I have 3 hole punched a two pocket folder that contains materials that I need in order to teach that particular skill.
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Here are the progression sheets that I used. (These were based off of the 1st grade Treasures Reading Series, so they may not fit your needs.) If you have a different set of phonics skills, email me the progression of your phonics and I can get those made for you.
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The download also includes recording sheets for letter names and letter sounds. For example:
Reading back through this post, I’m not sure that it was all clear enough. Feel free to ask questions if you have them.