A Fresh Guide to Teaching Phonics (Free Download)

Phonics instruction can vary drastically from classroom-to-classroom, teacher-to-teacher, and even program-to-program. Because of this, it is easy to become frustrated and concerned that we are not doing everything in our power to best meet our students’ needs.

Learning to read is like cracking a code! It takes a tremendous amount of practice and time to learn to read and understand new words. And, I am certain you will agree when I say that time is not on any teacher’s side. To help you get the most out of your phonics instruction time, I am sharing some best practices that I have used in my own classroom. These best practices are research-based and teacher-tested (with a kid-approved seal, of course!).

Step-by-Step Phonics Plans

Before I dive right in and share the details of what phonics instruction typically looks like with my students, I want to mention a tip on planning. When planning, I like to start at the end goal and work my way backwards. I use the backward design/planning process because it ensures that we are staying on target throughout each step of the lesson (even when time is not on our side). This step-by-step planning process can be applied to any subject area, not just phonics. Check it out below:

Fitting it all in is hard enough, but when some programs expect you to squeeze up to four sound-spelling lessons into your week, you have to be on your game at all times. Starting at the finish line and working backwards will keep you on track! Trust me.

What do students need to learn?

We want students to understand the correlation between letters and sounds in order to identify, read, and write words. But, how do we teach that? Let’s break down the process into the following two parts to help us: Phonological Awareness and Phonics.

First, let’s look at phonological awareness. It’s important to understand that phonological awareness is not phonics. It involves the auditory and oral manipulation of sounds. It does not involve print. Research suggests that varied, fun, and quick phonological lessons have proven to be the most effective.

When working with students on phonological skills, it’s important that we provide clear and methodical instruction that focuses on, at most, two skills at a time (ex: blending and segmenting).Teachers can say words aloud, use puppets to “talk”, or show students picture cards. Students can identify the sounds they hear by tapping, clapping, or using stretchy bands. Students can also segment and blend with sound boxes and chips.

Some students benefit from using their arm, in addition to the sound boxes, to help them break up the sounds they hear. Have them “chop” the top of their arm with their opposite hand for the beginning sound, “chop” the middle of their arm for the medial sound, and “chop” the bottom of their arm for the final sound. Then, blend the whole word together as they smoothly move their hand from the top of their arm to the bottom.

When students are ready, they can begin to correlate sounds to letters. One way is to have students identify the sounds they hear and then write the corresponding letters for each sound. An effective strategy is to have students use chips/pom-poms to segment the sounds they hear. Then, they can replace the chips/pom-poms with letters.

If you’d like to use these sound boxes you see below (along with many other options) , you can download them for FREE at the bottom of the post.

Phonics is the association between letters and the letter sounds they represent. It is vital that we provide children with carefully sequenced, systematic direct instruction. Below I’m sharing some ideas on what to do for whole group instruction, small group instruction, rotation station time, and independent practice.

We all have different set schedules, so the amount of time allotted for phonics is going to vary for each person. My suggestion is to do what you can during whole group, and then try to carve out some time during the other chunks of your reading block.

Ideas for Whole Group

I try not to have my students spend more than 15 minutes on the carpet for whole group instruction. During this time, I try to keep my students actively involved in their learning through movement activities, interactive readings, and “buddy talk time.” The activities below are great introductory activities to any phonics lesson. I suggest only doing one of the whole group activities per lesson.

WHOLE GROUP IDEA #1: Sound Munchin’ Monster Activity – (8 minutes)

Items You Will Need:

  • a monster puppet – I found mine here (you can make an inexpensive one out of a paper bag, if you don’t have a cloth one)
  • 8 or so items/picture cards (4-5 cards that have the focus sound and 4-5 that do not)
  • chart paper that only has the focus sound written in the center

What To Do:

First, determine what letter-sound pattern you are working on. Find about 4-5 items around your house/classroom or use 4-5 picture cards (available here) with that sound. For example: If the letter-sound pattern is /sh/ spelled “sh,” you could add: a shell, a Sharpie, a shirt, a shoe, and a shark toy. You will also want to add 4-5 items that do not make the focus sound. If we were doing the /sh/ sound, I would add a few /ch/ items to the mix because students often have difficulty distinguishing between the two sounds,  /sh/ and/ch/.

(Because you need to gather items, this activity does require a little prep work on your end. However, if it’s a Sunday night and you are already half asleep while watching a Netflix show, don’t fret! You can always use the picture cards I have available for you.)

Invite students to sit in a circle around you on the carpet. Place all items in the center of the circle. Be sure to have Sound Munchin’ Monster on your hand (and get ready to speak in your best monster voice!). The key to this lesson is to not reveal what the secret sound of the day is! Have your students try to discover it.

Tell students, “Boys and girls, we have a special visitor today. Sound Munchin’ Monster is here, and he is HUNGRY! The tricky thing about Sound Munchin’ Monster is that he’s a PICKY eater. He only likes to eat foods that make a certain sound, but the sound he likes changes all the time! Let’s see if we can figure out which sound he wants to eat today. Who wants to help me feed him? If he likes what you feed him, he’ll gobble it up and say, ‘Nom, nom, nom.’ If he doesn’t like what you feed him, he’ll spit it out and say, ‘Blarggggg.’

Choose students to help feed Sound Munchin’ Monster. I am not exaggerating when I say your students are going to squeal with excitement over feeding the puppet. (FYI – Not every child will have the chance to help you feed him. You may want to jot down the students you pick so that you know who to choose the next time you play).

Add all of the “foods” he eats (the foods with the focus sound-spelling) to the “Yummy Pile.” Add all of the “foods” he does not like (the food without the focus sound-spelling) to the “Yucky Pile.” Afterwards say, “What sound did we hear in all of the foods he LIKED? Turn and discuss your thoughts with your elbow neighbors.” When they think they know the secret sound that Sound Munchin’ Monster liked, have them “lock” up their lips with a magic key. Then, review each item with the class by listing each item aloud (Example: “He liked to eat ______, _______, _______, ______, and _______.”). Finally say, “Today, Sound Munchin’ Monster liked foods with the _____ (have whole class join you) sound!”

THE LINK BETWEEN LETTERS AND SOUNDS

Because Sound Munchin’ Monster is an auditory and oral activity, it acts as an excellent introduction/hook to your phonics lesson, and allows students to better understand the correlation between sounds and letters.

After students determine the sound, explain that the /_/ sound is spelled “_” (make that connection). Have a piece of chart paper ready with the sound-spelling pattern written in the center of it (see below). I suggest hiding the poster until after your students discover the sound.

Guided Release Method:

Revisit the foods that Sound Munchin’ Monster ate with the class. Explain that when they hear the /_/ sound, they are going to spell the word like this “____.” Model using the I Do, We Do, You Do method:

I Do (Teacher Alone): Pick one of the items from the pile. Say the item aloud. Write it on the chart paper. Explain that when they hear the /__/ sound in a word, it can be spelled “___.” Have students “spray paint” the air with their fingers or provide them with white boards and dry erase markers. Have them write the word along with you.

We Do (Teacher with Students): Choose a student from your class to pick an item from the pile. Provide necessary support as he/she writes the word on the chart paper. Have students “spray paint” the air with their fingers or provide them with white boards and dry erase markers. Have them write the word along with you and the student.

You Do (Students Alone): Have a different student pick another item from the pile. Allow him/her to model how to write the word without any support. Have students “spray paint” the air with their fingers or provide them with white boards and dry erase markers. Have them write the word along with the student.

WHOLE GROUP IDEA #2: Connecting Phonics to Poetry

To me, phonics and poetry are best friends because you can easily rhyme many phonics words with the same ending sound to create poems.

What To Do:

  • Display the poem on document camera or hand write it on chart paper.
  • Read the story one time to the class. Have students tap their heads each time they think they hear the focus sound.

  • I Do (Teacher Alone): Reread the poem. Explain that the /_/ sound is spelled “_.” Locate the first word with that sound-spelling and mark it/flag it with a Post-It Note. Say the word aloud.
  • We Do (Teacher with Students): Point to another word in the story that is not one of the sound-spelling words. Have students turn and talk about whether or not the word fits with the rule or not.
  • You Do (Student Alone): Call on a few students (in pairs) to mark the remaining words.

If you would like to snag this poem for FREE, you can download it below! I wrote this poem a few years ago (along with many other phonics poems). If you’d be interested in having me create a phonics poetry bundle, please let me know!

WHOLE GROUP IDEA #3: The Mystery Sound Box

Another simple and fun whole group introductory activity that you can do with your students is called “The Mystery Sound Box.” I particularly like this activity because it allows students to make a concrete connection and provides them with a pictorial representation of the sound-spelling.

To do this activity, you will need to cut a hole in the side of a cardboard box. Make the hole large enough for students to put their hands in. Then, tape a piece of cloth/paper over the hole (but keep it so the hole is still accessible). Pick a secret item that has the sound-spelling you’ll be working on in the word (example: bag of seeds for long e, spelled “ee”) and place it in the box.

Next, pass out the sheets you see above (crayons and pencils too). Allow students to reach inside and feel the item. Then, provide them with two or three clues about the item. Give them time to draw and label what they think is inside the box before revealing the mystery item. Then, explain that the mystery item has the /_/ sound in the word. Make the connection between the sound and letters by modeling how to write the sound-spelling. Finally, allow students to draw and label the actual item, and have them write the sound-spelling at the bottom of the sheet. This is another FREE activity that you can grab in the download below. 

FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY- Flashlight Frenzy/Write the Room

Flashlight Frenzy has been a classroom favorite for years! This is an excellent follow-up activity after you have modeled how to identify and write words with the sound-spelling pattern.

How It Works: Scatter picture/word cards around the classroom (available here). I like to scatter some pictures/words with the sound-spelling and some without. Then, have students record only the words with the focus sound-spelling. That way, students have to really use their thinking caps! For a little extra practice, have students outline the sound-spelling with a highlighter or crayon.

To add a little novelty to the lesson, turn off the lights, and give each student a flashlight. Scatter cards (picture cards or word cards) around the classroom. Have students use their flashlights to locate the words/pictures that have the focus sound-spelling. Afterward, I require them to go back to their seats and write a sentence using a word that they found. Many schools have a class set of flashlights available (sometimes in science kits). I purchased the ones you see above at the Dollar Tree. They will love using their flashlight to search for words! If you’d like to use the recording sheet (multiple options available)  you see below, you can grab it for FREE at the bottom of the post.

Another fun take on Write the Room are these “My Little Phonics Books.” For these, you still scatter cards/pictures around the room, but instead of using the sheet(s) above, you use the books. Just have students flip to the page you’ll have them use prior to heading out on the hunt. Easy peasy and fun! You can print these as a full-size page or you can adjust the size and print multiple sheets on one page (like little pocket books).

Ideas for Word Work

CREATE A WORD WORK SPACE

Creating a simple, seamless system for Word Work will save the sanity of everyone (teacher included). My best bit of advice is to find a smaller space within the classroom where you can set up a station for students to gather what they need for Word Work. This ensures that students are not wasting any precious learning time shuffling around for materials. I have found that the bins below have worked best for my students. Each bin is clearly labeled with different phonics tub activities. When students go to Word Work, all they have to do is grab a bin, find a quiet space in the classroom, and begin working.

ESTABLISH STRONG ROUTINES AND EXPECTATIONS

Consistency is key when teaching phonics (or any subject area, for that matter)! Predictability and structure allows students to focus solely on the new sound-spelling without having to put energy into learning how to complete the task at hand. Establishing clear routines and expectations helps hold students accountable for their actions and learning.

A few years ago I began using a reflection log for students to complete after Rotation Station time. It was a simple and effective way for students to “check-in” with themselves (behaviorally and academically). If you’d like to use the log I used, you can download it for free at the bottom of this post.

GIVE STUDENTS CHOICE

Students all learn in different ways. The simplest and most effective way to meet students’ needs is by giving them choices. Research has shown that students are more creative, better problem solvers, and more engaged when they are given choices. That’s why we, as teachers, must provide hands-on instruction that taps into multiple learning modalities.

When students go to Word Work during Rotation Station time, they have the choice to work on any of the activities in the bins you see above. Nine of the bins pretty much stay the same all year (with the exception of a few bins that will be replaced with grammar activities later on in the school year). The only thing that changes is the focus sound-spelling.

I purchased these bins at Michael’s Arts and Crafts for around $5 a piece. They always have great deals there (and their coupons help too). Most of the materials you will need for these bins are provided for you (you can read all about them below). The materials that are not provided (dry erase markers, white boards, etc.) are items you most likely already have in your classroom.

To add a little novelty to this station, I also include three “Switch It Out” bins. The activities in these bins change about twice a month. Usually I briefly explain how to do the “Switch It Out” activities on Friday afternoon before dismissal. Then, I explain them again on Monday morning before we go to Rotation Stations. I do not monitor which activities students complete each day. I do, however, encourage them to switch up the activities that they work on. We talk about that as a whole group (and sometimes individually) as they complete their Reflection Logs (what I mentioned above).

PHONICS BIN #1: Match It Up

Match It Up is the perfect game to play independently, but it can be played in pairs or small groups too. It’s really up to you! The beauty of this game is that ALL students can play (regardless of their reading ability). The text on each clue card challenges your strong readers and the picture support helps your struggling readers. I’m showing you what you’ll need for this bin and some ways to play the Match It Up game. There are about 500 cards for all of the phonics sound-spellings. The cards are color coded by sound-spelling to help your students!

What You Will Need:

  • all of the Match it Up cards, including clue cards and paw print cards
  • magnifying glasses
  • white boards (if you wish)
  • dry erase markers (if you wish)

Option 1: Student will scatter around the paw prints (face up) and will have the clue cards in his/her hand. As quick as possible, the student will read the clue on the card (or look at the picture) to try to find the match. What are the magnifying glasses for, you ask? If students think they’ve found a match, they can check to see if they have found the correct pair by looking in the corner of the clue card for the word written in tiny letters. It can only be seen with a magnifying glass. What kid wouldn’t love this game?

Option 2: This option can be played with multiple students. Provide students with the Match It Up cards they will need. Have students scatter the paw cards and clue cards on the floor face down. Similar to Memory, students pick one clue card and one paw card. They read the clue (and look at the picture) and read the word on the paw. If the two cards are a match, they keep them. The student who collects the most cards wins that round.

To take this activity one step further, students can write sentences for all of the matches they find on white boards.

PHONICS BIN #2: Clip Its

Clip It cards are an easy tool to prep for your phonics bins. To use the Clip It cards, students must first look at the picture provided. Then, they must read the three words listed. The tricky part is all of the words have the same sound-spelling. Therefore, they have to decode each word in order to determine which one matches the picture. It’s easy and effective! I also like how we are able to squeeze in a little fine motor practice! If you’d like to take this activity one step further, you could provide students with white boards and markers and have them write sentences for each word.

What You Will Need:

  • Clip It Cards (there are over 400 cards)
  • Clothespins
  • White board (if you wish)
  • Dry erase marker (if you wish)

PHONICS BIN #3: I Can Write!

I Can Write is an excellent activity for phonics bins. Provide students with these writing cards and have them go to town. Students must identify the picture, write the word for the picture, and then use that word in a sentence. The lines are extra-large to give students plenty of space to write.

What You Will Need:

  • “I Can Write” cards (there are 500+ sentence cards)
  • Dry erase markers

PHONICS BIN #4: Hands-On Mats

The Hands-On Mats are my personal favorite phonics activity because students can interact with their phonics words in a multitude of ways (all on the same mat!).

What Students Will Need:

  • Phonics mats
  • Phonics picture cards
  • Phonics word cards
  • Dry erase markers
  • Letter tiles or magnet letters (I also have printable letter cards available, like you see below)

This mat requires students to choose a word card, connect the letters to form the word, and then use the word in a sentence.

This mat requires students to choose a picture card or word card, write the word to match the picture, build the word, and then use the word in a sentence.

This mat is similar to the one above except no writing of the word is required. Students can use letter tiles, magnet tiles, or the letter cards you see below (the most inexpensive option). I cut out the letters and put Velcro on the back. FYI – If you plan on using the letter cards, you will need to print multiples of the letter cards because some words have more than one of the same letter.

For this mat, students select a word card, build it, and then write a sentence.

For this mat, students choose a word card, draw a picture, and then write a sentence with that word.

Finally, this mat requires students to “type” and write words.

PHONICS BIN #5: Trace, Build, Write

Trace, Build, Write is another phonics activity that is simple yet highly effective.

What You Will Need:

  • Trace, Build, Write books (500+ books)
  • Dry erase markers
  • Erasers
  • Letter tiles (I like to use the ones from Bananagrams)

PHONICS BIN #6: Phonics Writing Pages

These phonics writing pages are every teacher’s dream! For each writing sheet, you’ll find five or so words (with the image included) and plenty of writing space. Students can choose some of the words from the Word Bank to write their own silly story. You can have them color the words that they decide to use and highlight those words in their story.

What You Will Need:

  • Phonics Writing Pages (100+ pages)
  • Pencils
  • Crayons


At the bottom of the sheet you’ll find this self-check rubric. Students can check off that they have done all four parts before turning in their work.

PHONICS BIN #7: Search and Find

For this activity, students must read the focus sound-spelling and then find words that have that sound-spelling in the jumble of words. The fonts and text sizes are all different to help familiarize students with different fonts found in stories.

What You Will Need:

  • Search and Find sheets (100 sheets)
  • Dry erase markers
  • Magnifying glasses (if you wish)

PHONICS BIN #8: I Can Build It

These phonics build it mats are great to have at your Word Work area. Students can use play dough or pom-poms to fill each word. The focus sound-spelling is highlighted in gray. I suggest having your students use two different colors when filling each word to help them recognize the focus sound-spelling. The tweezers and play dough help students work on their fine motor skills.

What You Will Need:

  • I Can Build It mats (500+ mats)
  • Red and blue pom-poms
  • Red and blue play dough/Magic Dough
  • Jumbo tweezers

PHONICS BIN #9: Word Masters

These Word Master sheets have been a classroom favorite for years! I must say, I really love these too. Three options are included. Students can circle the letters they will use to make words or they can use magnet tiles/letter tiles.

What You Will Need:

  • I’m a Word Master mats (over 100 mats)
  • Dry erase markers
  • Erasers
  • Magnet letters/Letter tiles

Option 1: I Can Make and Build Real Words (write 4 real words)

Students write four real words on the lines provided. This is great for those who easily get overwhelmed with writing. Students can use letter tiles to build the words before writing them, if they would like.

Option 2: I Can Make and Build Real Words (open-ended)

Students try to make as many real words with the letters or letter-pairs provided. They write all of the real words in the open box.

Option 3: I Can Make and Build Words (real vs. nonsense version)

Students make as many words as possible and then sort them by whether they are real words or nonsense words.

SWITCH IT OUT BIN IDEAS

Like I mentioned above, you can add a little novelty to the Word Work station in your classroom with “Switch It Out” bins. You don’t have to change out the activities in these bins very often, but adding some new activities keeps students excited and on their toes! Here are a few of my favorite “Switch It Out” activities:

Ducks In the Pond

 You will need to laminate and tape the picture cards and the matching words to the bottom of the ducks. Students will scatter the ducks all over the “pond,” Similar to Memory, students will try to find as many word and picture matches. The one rule is that if they do not find a match, they must place the ducks back where they found them.

If students are playing individually, they can use a sand timer to see how many words they can match in one minute. Once the minute is up, they must put them all back and try again. Each time, they will find more and more matches. Once they find all of them, you can have them write sentences for each one.

What You Will Need:

  • plastic ducks (I purchased mine here)
  • small picture cards (I used the ones available below, but I printed with multiples on each page – I selected “Multiples” and then changed the settings to 4×4)
  • word cards (same printing as above)
  • piece of blue cloth/felt cut into the shape of a pond
  • sand timer (if playing individually)

MAKING WORDS WITH PIPE CLEANERS

If students are up for the challenge, this is a really fun phonics bin! Students can use the word cards provided to build words with pipe cleaners. I found Jumbo Pipe Cleaners in the art section at Target for just a few dollars. First graders will go ga-ga over them. Regular sized ones work great too, if you are unable to find the big ones. After students twist the pipe cleaners to build their word, they can use the word in a sentence.

What You Will Need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Dry erase markers
  • Phonics word cards (500+ word cards)

MAKING WORDS WITH MAGNET LETTERS

For this activity, students take a picture card and practice building the word on a magnetic whiteboard or cookie tray.

What You Will Need:

  • Magnet letters
  • Picture cards
  • Magnetic white board or cookie tray

MAKING WORDS WITH PAINT AND SAND

Another easy to prep activity that is certainly a big crowd pleaser! For the painting activity, fill up a gallon-sized Ziploc bag with a small amount of paint (hair gel works well too), add a little water, and go to town. Students can write words with their pointer finger. To “erase,” all they have to do is run their fingers over the word they “painted” to squish the paint around. The sand activity works similarly. Just make sure not to add too much sand to the bottom of the box/tray so that students can see the word they wrote.

What You Will Need:

  • Word cards
  • Paint
  • Sand
  • Plastic Crayon box or shallow tray
  • Ziplocs
  • Whiteboard or lunch tray


Ideas for Small Group

Ideally, while your students are at Rotation Stations, you can be working with a small group on comprehension, phonics, sight words, fluency, and vocabulary. You might be asking, “What tools do I need to have at the small group table?” Below I’m sharing some tried-and-true tools that are beneficial to have on hand!

First up, the bin you see below. I got this bin on Amazon awhile back and it has been a total lifesaver. The compartments keep everything organized and you are able to see everything right there in front of you. No more digging around in a drawer!

What All Is Inside?

 

Some other “tools” to have on hand are: I Can Point and Read binder (see below), magnetic letters, white boards, dry erase markers, and pencils. Let me share more in-depth details about all of these tools below:

MASTER IT BOOKS

These Master It books are a must-have for every teacher! Each book focuses on a different sound-spelling. You can print multiple copies of the same book for your students. Students can use the reading finger monsters or finger beams to highlight the words as they read. I also included two free reading tools: the magnifying glass and the star kid. Students can “frame” the words that have the sound-spelling. There are over 100 books included.

READING STRATEGY CARDS

I love these reading strategy cards because each card is broken down into easy to understand terms for your students. You can print them as small cards or blow them up to be large posters. One benefit to having them printed smaller is that you can lay down the cards and have them at eye level for your students. These cards are free in the download below. 

PHONICS ASSESSMENT STRIPS

Another beneficial tool to have on hand are these phonics assessment strips. You can pull students one at a time for a few minutes (example: during morning work) or you can have students practice with these during small group time. I have had parent volunteers use these with students in the past, as well. All sound-spellings are included.

I CAN POINT AND READ BINDER

The pages you see below can be printed out as large posters or they can be placed in sleeves and put in a binder. It’s up to you!  I have used these both ways: as  whole group reference posters and as small group instruction tools.

 Ways to Use Binder:

  • work with students one-on-one
  • have a parent helper/volunteer pull students
  • make a few binders and have students practice together

Another idea is to set up a little “visitor” area in your classroom. My old principal would often come in to watch and work with students. I put the phonics binder in the visitor area for her along with the names of a few students. It was a win-win for everyone. She loved helping me and getting to know my students. And, my students absolutely adored having that one-on-one attention from the principal! They were highly motivated. I know that this situation is not always possible, but even a space like this for volunteers is great! There are over 100 posters included.

INDEPENDENT PRACTICE – READ AND PRACTICE SHEETS

I often like to have those students go back to their seats to practice what we worked on at small groups. These Read and Practice sheets are the perfect tool for just that purpose. Students are required to interact with the focus sound-spelling in multiple ways (circle real words, trace and draw, read and circle, and write sentences).

You don’t have to use these immediately after a small group session. You can use them as independent practice after a whole group lesson, for homework, or as morning work. It’s truly up to you! There are over 100 sheets included.

Do you want these activities?

If you want your students to partake in rigorous, fun, and engaging activities, the Hands-On Phonics Bundle is just the ticket. The Hands-On Phonics Bundle includes a collection of over 2,000 pages of resources for every single phonics sound-spelling. These activities will help build confident and lifelong readers!

When you add it all up, that’s a total value of $143.00

But because I want your students to get their hands on these hands-on materials TODAY, I’m offering you a special promo price… $143 worth of materials for just $67!

PS – You can access the MASSIVE 130 page phonics freebie by signing up below! Oh yes! You’ll find the poem, sound box templates, Little Phonics Book, reflection logs, and reading strategy posters inside.

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  • Mary February 6, 2017, 11:53 pm

    This information and ideas are perfect for Morning Buckets and struggling students- thank you

  • Aysha February 7, 2017, 3:05 am

    Can’t wat to use!! Thank you!!!

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    Would love this. Looks so helpful.

  • Adena Reeves February 7, 2017, 11:00 am

    What a fantastic resource!!

  • Jill February 7, 2017, 2:04 pm

    This looks amazing!

  • Emly February 8, 2017, 2:19 am

    I love how organized everything is! Are the labels for the word work tubs included in the hands-on phonics bundle? Where did you get the tubs?

    • Emly February 8, 2017, 2:19 am

      Lol, I left out the i in my name – Emily

      • Jessica Everett March 22, 2018, 7:12 pm

        I am curious as well. Thanks! Jessica

  • Jill February 8, 2017, 3:42 am

    This looks great!

  • Courtney February 8, 2017, 11:46 pm

    Looks great!

  • Angela February 9, 2017, 1:17 am

    Thanks!

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    Yes please!

  • Daniela February 11, 2017, 6:05 pm

    Thanks!!!

  • Karen February 13, 2017, 2:05 am

    Wow! Impressive. Love all the different ideas.

  • Jennifer February 13, 2017, 4:32 pm

    Once I clicked on the link it said “wrong Link.” Please help

  • Catherine February 14, 2017, 10:43 pm

    What an incredible resource and a really informative post, with lots of great ideas for spelling instruction! I have just purchased and am really looking forward to using (but not looking forward to copying, cutting, laminating… 😜)

  • Nancy February 15, 2017, 12:11 am

    Wow!! This is really nice!!

  • Jeri February 15, 2017, 12:41 pm

    Thank you for putting this together. Great resource.

  • Barbara February 18, 2017, 3:25 am

    I look forward to trying this with my Kindergarteners.

  • Amy February 18, 2017, 1:55 pm

    What did you use to store the materials in? Link?

  • Donna February 18, 2017, 9:04 pm

    Awesome can’t wait to try some of these.

  • Ashley February 20, 2017, 6:51 pm

    Thank you so much! Look amazing!

  • Joy February 22, 2017, 1:22 am

    So excited about this!! I have a few students that are still struggling in the area of reading.

  • Laura February 26, 2017, 4:47 pm

    Very informative

  • Giovanna February 26, 2017, 7:09 pm

    I can’t wait to try these. Thank you.

  • A March 6, 2017, 2:22 am

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  • Andrea March 28, 2017, 5:30 am

    Really excited to try out this resource.

  • Breah M Butler March 28, 2017, 11:43 am

    What are your recommendations for printing/storing? Do you print at your school?

  • Nancy April 2, 2017, 2:27 pm

    This is fantastic! Looking forward to reading more from you!

  • Tabatha April 5, 2017, 3:24 pm

    Thanks

  • Ari February 10, 2018, 5:24 pm

    Which activity have you found most helps your struggling readers? Students with disabilities?

  • Tara jackson February 23, 2018, 3:03 pm

    Thank you for this! What did u use to store in and where did u find them ?

  • Carrie March 5, 2018, 12:20 am

    Wow!!!!! Thank you!!

  • Carrie March 5, 2018, 12:21 am

    Wow! Thank you!!

  • Kate March 5, 2018, 1:06 am

    Can’t wait to try so many of these!! Thanks!

  • Laci Schuerg March 5, 2018, 1:34 am

    My students definitely need phonics help! Thank you!

  • Andrea March 5, 2018, 1:47 am

    This looks great can’t wait to try it!

  • Ida March 5, 2018, 2:14 am

    Can’t wait

  • LeeBee🐝🐝 March 5, 2018, 3:20 am

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your resources!!

  • Lisa March 5, 2018, 3:21 am

    Thank you.

  • Dana Lawrence March 5, 2018, 3:29 am

    Thank you for the free resource!

  • Felice March 5, 2018, 4:16 am

    Amazing resource

  • Tiffany March 5, 2018, 5:46 am

    These look amazing!!! Thank you!!!

  • Randi March 5, 2018, 1:01 pm

    This is awesome!! Thank you!!

  • Sarah March 5, 2018, 2:17 pm

    This is amazing! Can’t wait to use this with my students. – Thank you!

  • Becki March 5, 2018, 5:02 pm

    This would be amazing for our kiddos

  • Lisa March 5, 2018, 6:13 pm

    Thanks!

  • Andrea March 6, 2018, 5:54 am

    Really need this…

  • Kimberly March 6, 2018, 10:06 am

    Thank you for the freebie

  • Jennifer March 6, 2018, 3:00 pm

    Your materials are wonderful!

  • Dea Dea March 6, 2018, 9:16 pm

    Can’t wait to use it!

  • Debbie March 6, 2018, 11:14 pm

    Thanks

  • Tahani March 7, 2018, 10:55 pm

    Thank you so much.

  • Tahani March 7, 2018, 10:57 pm

    Thank you so much. I Love your products.

  • Kelly March 8, 2018, 2:21 am

    This a great resource!

  • Cheryl March 8, 2018, 6:17 pm

    This would be an amazing resource to use in the classroom. Look forward to receiving it. Thank you!

  • Michelle Merrill March 9, 2018, 2:20 am

    Thank you! Awesome materials, can’t wait to use them!

  • Jorgina March 9, 2018, 9:16 pm

    Impressive

    • Jorgina March 9, 2018, 9:17 pm

      Impressive learning tools. I appreciate the freebies and love variety, especially when it come in ways to teach our little ones.

  • Brittany March 10, 2018, 12:42 am

    Love it all! Can’t wait to use it in the classroom

  • Tina March 10, 2018, 4:23 am

    How do I get the free 130 pages of hands-on phonics?

  • Darlene March 10, 2018, 3:47 pm

    Wow! This looks awesome

  • Tori March 11, 2018, 5:26 am

    So awesome!

  • Evon Saavedra March 11, 2018, 8:40 pm

    I am a beginner new comers English teach, and this would be awesome for my students.

  • Iris Meza March 12, 2018, 12:27 am

    Great resources

  • Samantha March 12, 2018, 10:56 am

    Exactly what I need to update my word work

  • Kristy March 12, 2018, 12:20 pm

    Looks great

  • Sharon March 12, 2018, 5:30 pm

    Looks good

  • Donna March 15, 2018, 1:39 pm

    These look great for small group and my daily five.

  • Kat March 15, 2018, 3:12 pm

    Thank you

  • Kat March 15, 2018, 3:12 pm

    Thank you very much

  • Susan Vallot March 15, 2018, 4:13 pm

    Looks like an awesome addition to my guided and independent reading lessons.

  • Cassie March 15, 2018, 5:39 pm

    Excited to try these! Thanks for sharing!

  • Michelle March 15, 2018, 7:39 pm

    Thank you

  • Nardene Braddon March 15, 2018, 8:41 pm

    Thank you – these are wonderful ideas!

  • Sarah March 15, 2018, 9:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  • Dina March 15, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Looks great!

  • Katie March 16, 2018, 1:29 am

    Thank you!!!

  • Pam March 16, 2018, 3:46 am

    Great ideas.

  • Pam March 16, 2018, 3:46 am

    Great ideas looking forward to putting some of these in place.

  • Amy McTeggart March 16, 2018, 1:19 pm

    I love your ideas!

  • Iris Meza March 20, 2018, 9:58 pm

    Great resource

  • Nichole March 20, 2018, 10:56 pm

    Thanks for the freebie! It will definitely come in handy!

  • Nichole March 20, 2018, 10:57 pm

    Thanks for the freebie

  • Lauren March 20, 2018, 11:59 pm

    Thank you!

  • Liz March 21, 2018, 12:33 am

    I’m so excited! Thank you! I can use it for centers, fast finishers, morning tubs the list are endless.

  • kim March 21, 2018, 1:11 am

    thank you

  • Becky Harmon March 21, 2018, 1:45 am

    Thanks!!!

  • Amber March 21, 2018, 2:32 am

    This is a fret help. All of the information/ideas in this article are easy to implement into the classroom .

  • Sarah March 21, 2018, 2:36 am

    I received the email with the link to download the phonics but it says the link is no longer available or has moved.

  • Kristina Merrick March 21, 2018, 3:27 am

    Thank you!!!

  • Melissa March 21, 2018, 6:19 am

    Awesome, thanks!

  • Sarah March 21, 2018, 11:02 am

    Thank you so much! I agree that phonics is so important in the primary grades for students to be successful readers. Everything you made is great!

  • Erica March 21, 2018, 11:14 am

    Great for kids with special needs! I can present small amounts of work at a time!

  • Deidra March 21, 2018, 11:55 am

    This is my first year back to teaching after being home with my kids for several years. It’s amazing how long it takes to create all of these things on your own. Thank you!

  • Dana March 21, 2018, 2:14 pm

    Love these ideas

  • Katie March 21, 2018, 10:28 pm

    Sounds amazing!!! Can’t wait to use it!

  • Michele March 22, 2018, 10:59 am

    These are great. I love that you included pictures! Organizing centers is hard but important!

  • Liz March 22, 2018, 11:02 am

    Thank you

  • Krista swenson March 22, 2018, 11:30 am

    Love this!

  • Heather March 22, 2018, 11:40 am

    I’m working with so many students that are missing foundational phonics skills.

  • Gina Davis March 22, 2018, 12:54 pm

    Nice ideas!

  • Andrea March 22, 2018, 2:05 pm

    Thank you!

  • Maggie March 22, 2018, 2:25 pm

    Im so excited to try this.

  • Denise March 22, 2018, 3:40 pm

    This is amazing

  • Julie March 22, 2018, 9:29 pm

    Wow! Looks great! Cant wait to use it!

  • Julie March 22, 2018, 9:31 pm

    Cant wait to use it!!!

  • Kelsey March 22, 2018, 10:21 pm

    Nice

  • Abbey March 22, 2018, 10:26 pm

    This is perfect for my 2nd grade students!

  • Amy heslip March 22, 2018, 11:30 pm

    Thank you

  • Tara March 22, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Would love this!

  • Tara March 22, 2018, 11:46 pm

    Would love this! Looks like fun!

  • Jennifer March 22, 2018, 11:57 pm

    I would love the freebie. So excited to use it with my class.

  • Susan March 23, 2018, 1:56 am

    Great centers

  • Rhonda March 23, 2018, 2:16 am

    This is awesome!

  • Elaine Austin March 23, 2018, 2:30 am

    I can’t wait to look at this.

  • Pam March 23, 2018, 11:21 am

    Fantastic resource

  • Pam March 23, 2018, 11:22 am

    What a great resource m, can’t wait to use it.

  • Amanda Sicignano March 23, 2018, 11:33 am

    Great ideas, nicely presented information

  • Ida March 23, 2018, 12:49 pm

    Can’t wait!! Thank you!!

  • Terry Tansem March 23, 2018, 1:19 pm

    Thank you!

  • Kelli March 23, 2018, 1:34 pm

    I’m interested in the freebie.

  • Krista swenson March 23, 2018, 5:18 pm

    Boo

  • Angel March 23, 2018, 8:38 pm

    I will be graduating in May with my Early Childhood Degree. This will be great to use in my classroom!

  • Amber March 23, 2018, 8:51 pm

    This is great! Would love to have this!

  • Mandy March 23, 2018, 9:55 pm

    Thank you!

  • Chelsea March 23, 2018, 10:57 pm

    This looks awesome!!

  • Janee March 23, 2018, 11:53 pm

    Love it

  • Cindi March 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    Looks great! Thank you

  • Ashlee March 24, 2018, 12:51 am

    Yay!

  • SARAH Rogers March 24, 2018, 1:20 am

    Thank you!! I’m excited to use this!

  • Carol March 24, 2018, 1:26 am

    Looks great. Thank you!

  • Jaclyn Carroll March 24, 2018, 1:46 am

    Can’t wait to use!! Thank you!!!

  • Cashanna March 24, 2018, 3:39 am

    Looks like a great resource.

  • Karla Rodriguez March 24, 2018, 5:34 am

    Thank you!!

  • Keda March 24, 2018, 12:01 pm

    Great resource!

  • Meghan Riggio March 24, 2018, 12:12 pm

    I love all your ideas!

  • abbie butler March 24, 2018, 12:13 pm

    I am hoping to get this to use for online teaching 🙂

  • Krystal March 24, 2018, 1:16 pm

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to check it out!

  • Rita Hausher March 24, 2018, 1:26 pm

    These look great! Can’t wait to use them during guided reading!

  • Kate March 24, 2018, 3:04 pm

    I read your blog post and these phonic lessons looks amazing! I would LOVE this resource!!!

  • Katina March 24, 2018, 5:52 pm

    Can’t wait to put this to use

  • Jaime March 24, 2018, 7:25 pm

    Can’t wait to use!

  • Jaime March 24, 2018, 7:27 pm

    Thank you for the freebie!!

  • Amanda Minshew March 24, 2018, 10:07 pm

    I like these and would love to implement them in my morning rotations as the kids come in from breakfast!

  • Dana March 24, 2018, 10:45 pm

    I can’t wait to check out some of these freebies to see if it will work within my room!

  • Ericka March 25, 2018, 12:07 am

    Love it 😍

  • Jennifer Smallwood March 25, 2018, 1:02 am

    Awesome
    Ideas.

  • Melissa March 25, 2018, 1:21 am

    This looks amazing!

  • Stefanie March 25, 2018, 2:09 am

    These are amazing! Can’t wait to try them out!

  • Kathy March 25, 2018, 2:17 am

    Such great resources. Thank you for sharing

  • Jennifer March 25, 2018, 6:16 am

    I love your ideas for teaching phonics! I have taught kindergarten for 12 years and I’m also looking for new ways to keep the kids engaged and excited about learning and also myself organized! I can’t wait to use the monster puppet with my class and I think I will got to Michaels to get the boxes for center time!! Thank you so much!! Also I would love the phonics poems too that would be wonderful, let me know if you make those available to purchase!

  • Melissa March 25, 2018, 12:15 pm

    Thank you!

  • Melissa March 25, 2018, 12:18 pm

    Thanks!

  • LeAnne March 25, 2018, 1:27 pm

    I can’t wait to use!!

  • Adrienne March 25, 2018, 7:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing this great resource.

  • Carrie Foster March 25, 2018, 8:59 pm

    Free resource

  • Chianti Thedford March 25, 2018, 10:14 pm

    Love it!

  • Chianti Thedford March 25, 2018, 10:15 pm

    This is great! I love having things like this on hand for my little ones!

  • Mandy March 25, 2018, 10:39 pm

    Would love

  • Andrea March 26, 2018, 3:13 am

    Love your freebies!!!

  • Andrea March 26, 2018, 3:19 am

    Love

  • Heidi March 26, 2018, 3:23 am

    Thanks!

  • Erika Arguello March 26, 2018, 3:23 am

    I can’t wait to have the opportunity to try these!

  • Nicole S March 26, 2018, 3:56 am

    Wonderful! Thanks so much!

  • Richell March 26, 2018, 6:18 am

    Really excited to use this resource.

  • Lezia March 26, 2018, 9:40 am

    Just what I was looking for.

  • Kristin March 26, 2018, 3:19 pm

    Yay!!!!

  • Samantha March 26, 2018, 4:30 pm

    Can’t wait to utilize these activities in my small groups

  • Samantha March 26, 2018, 4:39 pm

    Thank you for this awesome resource

  • Theresa March 26, 2018, 6:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  • Shavin March 26, 2018, 9:07 pm

    I can’t wait to try this!

  • Panchita cantu March 26, 2018, 11:05 pm

    Great way to differentiate support for students!

  • Erica Perez March 27, 2018, 12:25 am

    I can’t wait to use these!

  • Erica Perez March 27, 2018, 12:26 am

    Awesome! Ty

  • D March 27, 2018, 12:33 am

    Thanks!

  • Elizabeth Gumm March 27, 2018, 2:39 am

    Thanks so much! This is a great resource!

  • Laura Kares March 27, 2018, 4:53 am

    Looking forward to using!!

  • Courtney March 29, 2018, 1:49 am

    Can’t wait to try this!

  • Nessa April 4, 2018, 5:10 pm

    Looks brilliant!