“If you can say it, you can spell it!”
I wanted to share an EASY activity I've had A LOT of success with this school year…
“Say and Spell”
Say and Spell refers to naming the picture (and/or saying the word) and listening to each sound in order to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out each sound they hear. Next, write down the sounds you hear (“encode” or spell).
Now this is definitely not “easy” to do as we are still learning all our phonics sound-spellings, but this routine does contribute to increasing independence and decreasing “how do you spell that?” questions.
- Sort by sound (targeted phonics skills, initial sound, final sound…
- Segment and blend
- Segment, blend, AND spell
- Sort by syllable
- Create your own sorting rules (higher order thinking – yes!)
And my personal favorite…
- Guess my sort!
I can't wait to apply this strategy to tackle /ng/ and /nk/ next!
Here are the cards we'll be using: