Digraph Recognition Worksheet (ow, th, ng, ur)

Just thought that some of you might like this worksheet to go with your Jolly Phonics Programme.  Ask your pupils to highlight or underline the digraphs in each word.  How many of them can they sound out and read?!

Clipart by DJInkers

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

Alphabet Soup Fun

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?!

sesamestreet.org has some fantastic free games and videos for toddlers to 6 yrs.

I really like Cookie Monster’s Alphabet Soup game for beginner readers.

Click on the image below to play

Generally, beginner readers learn to hear sounds in words in a set or order:

  1. Initial (first)
  2. Final (last)
  3. Medial (middle)

Teaching a child to hear medial sounds can be tricky and requires a lot of practice. Alphabet  Soup is just perfect for this! Cookie Monster will walk your child through using medial sounds to make words. Your child picks the sound and Cookie Monster blends it to create a word. Simple!

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

a-e Bingo Boards

I have been preparing a unit for my class on the “a-e digraph”. It might be of use to those of you with 6-7 year olds, or even a little older.

Here’s the science!

A digraph is where two sounds come together as a unit and make a special sound, rather than their normal phonetic sound eg. sh = shop.

A split digraph has a letter in between , or splits the digraph eg. made (the “d” splits the digraph “ae”) or time (the “m” splits the digraph “ie”).

Before you get too confused, there are actually only 6 split digraphs in the English Language. Relieved?

  1. a-e (cake)
  2. e-e (scene)
  3. i-e (like)
  4. o-e (home)
  5. u-e (cube)
  6. y-e (type)

Here’s the rule!

When “e” is at the end of of word, it says not sound, but make vowels say their name rather than their sound. He’s got the power!

I made a bingo board game for  “a-e” words which you might like to play.

Here’s the game!

(Please click on the image below)

This download includes 14 Bingo Boards, a Caller Card and a blank Bingo Board for you to use.

Note: make sure that you have either your Gmail or Google Docs account open!

Have fun ,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

Word Slide for tricky words (the, then, them, there, they, these)

Some of my students are having terrible trouble with the following tricky words:

  • then
  • them
  • they
  • there
  • these

The don’t call them “tricky” for nothing! They look similar, too similar, and only some can be “sounded out” correctly. So, where to begin?!

It is important to draw their attention to the familiar chunk in all these words :

  • then
  • them
  • they
  • there
  • these

I have created a word slide to help make the similarities and differences between the words more obvious.  I also think that it is kinda cute! What do you think?

You just slide the letter up into the window to create a “tricky word”. Generally, after doing this for a few days the penny will drop 😉

To download your free word sliders please click on the image below. There are two different images to choose from, a Gingerbread Man and Monkey Business.

It is pretty easy to put together. Just have a look at the photo. Fold it in half across the flap. Cut out the window and a tiny piece from the top to allow the letters to slide up and down.

Note: When downloading don’t forget to have your gmail or google docs account open. Click save when requested to do so at the bottom of your screen ( the warning is because the document is large, not because it is unsafe!)

I really hope that you find this useful. Please let me know if you would like me to create some more word sliders.

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

Clipart by DJInkers

Online Baking Tray Spelling

What could be better than building words with magnetic letters? Building them with online magnetic letters!

bigbrownbear.co.uk offers free online magnetic letters for you to play with and explore.

You just type or drag the letter(s) you want onto the board. Then drag the letters to the side to remove them. What a cute and easy way to practice spelling! No more hunting for missing magnets either. It’s genius!

It is a great way to practice “Word Families” (words that have the same ending eg. man/ran/tan) or digraphs ( oo i n room/soon/spoon).

Your child should learn to see and hear the commonalities between words. This allows him/her to analogise (make an educated guess) from a known word to a similar word.

The first word I created was “sing”. If I can spell “sing” I should be able to figure out (analogise) how to spell “ring”.

If I can hear that they both have “ing” I am most of the way there. The difference between the two words is just their inital letter sound. By replacing the “s” in sing with “r” I get “ring”.

Try this week’s spelling unit and see what connections your child can find. Can they think of any other words that could grow out of a list word?

Click on this link to play magnetic letters.

Have fun 🙂

Free Online Spelling Games and Tests

I have had a few enquiries about interactive games to practice spellings. It can be tricky to find games that are suitable for Irish standards. Most games are pre-programmed to follow the spellings being taught in their country of origin.

I have found 2 websites that are just perfect and get the thumbs up from the kids that I work with ( and they are a tough audience, lol!). Both websites allow you to either learn your spellings or be tested on them. Programme in the words, pour a cup of tea and let the computer do the rest. Perfect!

http://www.bigiqkids.com/ is probably my favourite, even though the voices sound a little robotic. My kids don’t seem to minds though. They are usually too focused on passing their online spelling test to win a free game token. It’s genius! You only get your game token if you score 100%. If you don’t get them all correct you are invited to take the test again so you can earn your game token. It is the game token that is all important here people ;).

From your perspective it is a great programme as you can type in up to 30 spellings for your child to learn, practice or be tested on. You can even take part in a Spelling Bee. What else can I say? It’s free, fun, easy to use and my kids love it!

Please click on the screenshot below if you want to visit the site.

Spelling City is my next favourite site. I had actually forgotten about it until I got a request from a little person today. It hadn’t been working for quite a while, you see. Anyway, this website is still fun though it doesn’t offer as many free games or functions. You can programme in your own spelling to learn or be tested on . The Hang Mouse Game is great fun to play. You are a mouse trying to steal some cheese from under the cat’s nose. You get a piece of cheese for each correct letter you guess. With each incorrect letter the cat wakes up a little more. Watch out, the cat’s about!

Please click on the screen shot below to visit the site.

What do you think of these websites? Please drop me a comment and let me know if your child likes them 🙂

Pyramid Power

Spell your words adding one letter at a time.

You begin by writing the first letter of your spelling. Underneath this you write the first two letters of the word, then the first three letters underneath this and so on until the word is fully written. The result is a pyramid shaped spelling.

Today we were studying words that had “ee” in them. The photos show them spelling out “meet”. You could share the spelling by taking one line each or every other word.

You can even trace around it to make it even more” pyramid like”!