This fully digital Sound Wall is a perfect teaching tool to incorporate into your phonemic awareness routine. This is an easy-to-use tool that doesn’t require you to be a speech therapist to understand! It includes all phonemes and each sound comes with two activities to help you teach the sound. The activities are interactive with drag and drop elements. Use in whole or small groups. If sounds are already taught to students, this can also be used as independent student practice.
What is a Sound Wall?
A sound wall displays the different sounds heard in speech. There are two parts of a sound wall – consonant sounds and vowel sounds. If you teach the primary grades, you should display both. If you teach the upper grades, the vowel sounds are more applicable. This is a fully digital sound wall that includes two different activities per sound that help you teach the sound.
You can totally get away with using Sound-Spelling Cards that come with your curriculum. The only downside to this is that the physical cards take up a lot of space and they have to be higher up, and they may not come in a digital format.
Why Should I Use a Sound Wall?
We learn to read through our ears—through what we hear. Proficient readers make the connection between print patterns and phonological information that is already stored in the brain in order to then make meaning of the word they’re reading (Moats, 2010). This is why explicitly teaching phonemes is an imperative precursor to teaching sound-letter correspondence.
Additionally, if looking at it from the perspective of someone who is learning to spell, some words don’t make sense when categorized by their first letter on a word wall. For example, putting the word “the” under T or “write” under R is confusing! Categorizing them by their first sound is more natural.
To learn more about organizing a sound wall and using it during instruction, read this blog post.
Included in this File:
- Both PowerPoint and Google Slides
- A main virtual classroom bulletin board display of all sounds (slide 1)
- “Which one doesn’t belong?” digital, interactive activity for all sounds
- “Find the Sound” digital, interactive activity for all sounds
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