by Sarah K Major November 09, 2017
It is time to abandon attempts to get students to memorize spelling words and instead empower them recognize patterns that appear in the words with Sound Spelling Teaching Cards and Sound Spelling Display Cards!
The benefit of the Sound Spelling Cards is that while children are learning visually the building blocks of words, their reading fluency will soar and they will be able to read unknown words effortlessly.
Both Sound Spelling Display Cards and Sound Spelling Teaching Cards give your students the skills to unlock the magic of listening to sounds and learning how to spell them using their visual learning strengths. The benefit to students of using the Sound Spelling Cards will be more then learning how to spell. They will also learn to decode words on sight and gain a large vocabulary, which will increase their comprehension and reading fluency.
Sound Spelling Display Cards provide a framework for understanding the words in our language. There are 35 full color 8.5 by 11 card to display in your student’s space.
Each card focuses on one sound and provides a global view of all the ways to spell that sound. Information is conveyed to children in the form of right brained hooks for learning and remembering.
There is a sentence at the top that is made of words that represent each way that sound is spelled. On the left is a list of all the ways the target sound is spelled
The colorful illustration is a visual of the sentence
Let’s take a look at the sound spelling of /ER/. The sound /ER/ is in many words however when your students look at the card they will see that there are only 7 ways to spell /ER/. Seeing a complete list of the different spellings will help students see the patterns of each sounds spelling and give them the confidence that when they hear the sound /ER/ they will know that there are only a few possible ways to spell that sound.
After you display the Sound Spelling Display Card for /ER/ you will want to use our second resource: Sound Spelling Teaching Cards. These cards are your hands-on teaching cards. There is one card for each individual spelling 154 in all. For example, for the sound /ER/ there are 7 cards. Each card includes a colorful illustration and a sentence using more words with that spelling pattern.
Let’s take a look at the /ER/ card that is spelled IR. The keyword is girl followed by the sentence, “The girl saw a bird in the dirt." Finally, there is a colorful image of a girl pointing to a bird in the dirt.
One card containing the keyword, sentence, and a supporting image will help students to remember that sound spelling, and other words that share that sound spelling. Use these two resources together to enable your students to access their visual learning strengths and say goodbye to ineffective memorization in your spelling lessons!
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