Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Do you Elkonin?

Elkonin boxes are used to teach phonemic awareness by having the child listen for individual sounds and moving a chip or unifix cube in the box where they hear the sound.  Each box in represents one phoneme or sound.  We all know that segmenting words can be a difficult skill our children to acquire, but it is one that our children need for future success in reading. 
I used to use this an elkonin box like this one:

old elkonin box
My children need something more engaging during guided reading groups.  So I can up with this one!

Sub pic
Most of the children that I teach need explicit instruction in phonemic awareness. So, at the beginning of the year I give each child 3 chips that they house in the boxes.  I say a word such as fish. They repeat by stretching the word and sliding a chip to each circle in the submarine.
For example, fish    /f/  /i/  /sh/  Then they place their pointer finger on the dot and blend the sounds together. 
I hope you found this helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions. If you like this idea, I have the submarine elkonin box for you to down. Just click on the picture above!


laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Love it! Thanks!! I just found your blog- it's too cute! =)
First Grade Blue SKies

Jess said...

I love these! I also use the boxes to write words in each box in first. If you laminate these you can start with CVC words and write and wipe. Love your blog!

Mrs. Mugurussa said...

Thanks for sharing-
Time 4 Kindergarten

Pam said...

Thank you so much for your comments. Jess, I love your idea and will use it this year with my kinders!

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