Welcome to my first post in a series on "Effective Reading Instruction in the Elementary School Setting." This series will take place over the next few months and each month will have a different literacy focus. I would love for this to be an interactive "forum" and want to hear from you. So please share you thoughts and anything you have found helpful in your classroom.
So, let's begin!
Phonological Awareness vs. Phonemic Awareness
Did you know that students that struggle with the mastery of phonological awareness could also struggle with reading and writing skills? Wow, that scary! In this post, I hope to share some effect strategies and activities that will assist with the instruction of these skills.
So What's the Difference?
Both phonological awareness and phonemic awareness deal with the sound elements in oral language, however they are not the same concept. According to Barbara Fox's book, Word Identification Strategies Building Phonics into a Classroom Reading Program, "Phonological Awareness is the awareness of the words, syllables, rhymes, and sounds in language, and the ability to blend individual sounds in words. (Fox, 2008) Phonological awareness encompasses word, rhyme, syllable, and phonemic awareness. Yes, phonemic awareness is a part of phonological awareness. Phonemic awareness consists of the individual phonemes or sounds in words. This simply means students must learn how to isolate, segment, blend, and manipulate sounds orally in spoken language. (Fox, 2008)
Strategies and Activities to Foster Phonological Awareness: Rhyme
- Rhyming Generation Strategy Freebie --
Freeman's Frolicking Froggings has a great product for Rhyme
I will be discussing and sharing more ideas next week. Until then, what are some ideas you use in your classroom? I can't wait to hear from!
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Effective Reading Instruction in the Elementary School Setting : Week 2~ Phonological Awareness vs. Phonemic Awareness
( Link will go live 7/13/15)
Fox, B. (2008). Phonemic Awareness: Becoming Aware of the Sounds of Language. In Word Identification Strategies Building Phonics into a Classroom Reading Program (4th ed., pp. 26-29). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.