Help students recognize the sounds of language with phonological awareness resources that focus on word awareness, onset and rime awareness, rhyme awareness, syllable awareness, and phonemic awareness.
Phonological Awareness begins with word awareness and being able to recognize, for example, the number of words that make up a spoken sentence. Secondary mastery of these skills includes recognizing rhyme and syllables. At the most detailed level, the phoneme level, students can discern the sounds that make up a word. They can segment the sounds within a word, blend sounds together to make a word, and substitute sounds to make new words. All of which are key foundational skills for reading and writing.
Raz-Plus provides specific Phonological Awareness Lessons for focused practice on phonological awareness skills. The most effective instruction moves students quickly from the awareness of sounds to their associated symbols. Use our Phonological Awareness Lessons, Read-Aloud Books, Alphabet Books, Sound/Symbol Books, and Decodable Books in combination to support students learning of both phonemes and graphemes in English.
Raz-Plus offers many resources for teaching word awareness. Materials that are well suited for "read-aloud" or "read to" instruction include alliterative Read-Aloud Books, Alphabet Chants, High-Frequency Word Books, Alphabet Books, and Shared Reading Books.
Strategic lessons that teach word families (phonograms) are part of Raz-Plus's systematic phonics lessons. Blending and substitution activities are included in these lessons. Phonogram Flashcards can be used in word manipulation/building activities.
Raz-Plus offers Poetry Books & Nursery Rhymes for teaching rhyme—and some Leveled Books focus on rhyme awareness for an after-reading activity. Alphabet Chants are excellent resources for teaching rhyme awareness.
Lessons in selected Leveled Books provide strategies for teaching syllable awareness.
Each phonics lesson includes phonemic awareness activities. Strategies include listening to alliterative passages, blending and segmenting sounds, and manipulating sounds in words through substitution, deletion, and addition of phonemes. Each Leveled Book lesson from levels aa through J contains a specific strategy for teaching a targeted phoneme.
Read-Aloud Books have a high occurrence of words that contain the targeted phoneme. Raz-Plus provides books for major phonemes.
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