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Phonemic Awareness Games

Phonemic Awareness Games

Phonemic awareness is foundational to reading and spelling. Here are a few fun phonemic awareness games to try.

Simon Says - Say word "unglued" into its sounds and have the students do the action. /s-ĭ-t/, /j-ŭ-m-p/… To increase the challenge have a student be "Simon" and call out the actions by "unglueing" the words.

Scavenger Hunt - Say a word "unglued" into its sounds. The students need to go find the object in the room and either stand by it or bring it back to you. /d-or/, /p-ĕ-n/… To increase the challenge have a student "unglue" the words and you or another student find them.

Guess the Picture/Object - Lay a group of objects or pictures on a table. Say a word "unglued" into its sounds and direct the students to point to the correct picture. To increase the challenge direct the students to "unglue" the words and you point to the correct picture.

Read Dr. Suess and other rhyming books

Words That Begin with the Same Sound - Say a word aloud such as "dog." Direct students to think of words that begin with the same sound /d/.

Switch the Sound - Say a word like "dog." Direct students to change the first sound to make new words, or nonsense words. For example: bog, log, hog…

Words That End with the Same Sound - Say a word like "top." Direct students to think of words that end in the same sound. Note: they do not need to rhyme. For example: pop, stop, pipe, tap, rope, envelope…

Change the Vowel - Say a word such as "hip." Direct students to change the vowel sound to form new words or nonsense words. For example: hop, hope, heap…

Rhyming Games - Say a word and ask students to find a word that rhymes. Make up silly poems with rhyming words.

Rhyming Charades - Say a word such as "stop." Students must think of a word that rhymes, act it out, and call out the word. For example:
stop, hop, drop, pop, lop
sit, hit, lit, mitt, fit
stand, land
close, hose, rose, nose
smell, tell, sell, yell