SOUND RECOGNITION

I teach letter recognition simultaneously with sound recognition. When I introduce a letter, I teach its sound. This is how I usually present it: "Students, what sound does a dog make?" (bark) "What about a duck?" (quack) "Horse?" (neigh) "Snake" (hiss) "Kitten?" (meow) What about a lion?" (roar)

"Students, did you know letters make sounds too? Every letter makes a sound, sometimes two or three or four. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Today I'm going to teach you what the letter A makes. It says /a/ as in apple." 

Once I finish my direct instruction and give them their worksheet, I usually have a hands-on activity as reinforcement. Here's a quick sound recognition activity. 

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You will need these alphabet flashcards and magnetic letters

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Arrange the flashcards picture side up. Use six at time so that students do NOT feel overwhelmed. Next, arrange the magnetic letters that will be used to avoid confusion.

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Instruct students to say the picture's name and find the beginning letter that it begins with. For example, a is for apple. 

And just like that, another sound recognition activity for the books. Enjoy! Christine