Creating phonics lesson plans is essential to help your students with reading, writing, and spelling. Phonics lesson planning based on systematic synthetic phonics doesn’t have to be hard. Let’s start with the what and why on systematic synthetic phonics.
Synthetic phonics means teaching kids to link sounds and symbols (phonemes to graphemes). You start by teaching students to hear the sounds that make up words. You link those sounds to the letters we use to represent those sounds. That means if students hear the /t/ sound at the beginning of tall, tip, and taste, they also need to know that we use a t for that sound.
Systematic synthetic phonics programs follow a careful order to move through the 44 sounds of English. While the order may vary some, the focus is on moving from the most common consonant sounds and short vowel sounds to digraphs, other consonant, and r-controlled vowel sounds. As students progress, they learn alternate spellings for different sounds.
Systematic synthetic phonics is also part of the science of reading. That means using a phonics curriculum that focuses on systematic phonics will help your students become proficient readers.
Phonics scope and sequence essentials
Do you have a phonics scope and sequence? There’s a lot to cover. How do you fit it all in? What order do you teach things in? As we just discussed, you want your phonics program to move through the 44 sounds from most common to less common. A scope and sequence helps you take a systematic approach.
A phonics scope and sequence takes the guesswork out of what to teach and when. It provides an explicit plan to teach phonics systematically.
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The free phonics scope and sequence provides phonics structure / phoneme, graphemes, example words, high-frequency words, and resources suitable for each of 8 levels. The levels are broken into sets so that you can focus on one thing for a week or two, making phonics lesson planning easy!
More phonics lesson planning tools
Your scope and sequence guides you on what to teach and when. Use it to plan your weekly lessons. Then you’ll want a mix of tools and resources — phonics posters, word lists, worksheets, games, cootie catchers, and other ways to practice phonics — to help you implement your plan.
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All resources align with the research based approach used by the Science of Reading. And can easily be differentiated for students at different levels.
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