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Phonics Dance

SUBMITTED BY: Kristin Waters




DATE ADDED: Dec 12, 2013 






 Grade 5ĉGrade 6ċ

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5-10 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: This is a phonics awareness exercise used in some of the elementary schools back home. I also used it for first grade JHS, they enjoyed it based on their regular genkiness. . . if they are not that genki, they will find it amusing but probably not follow along like a genki class.



  • Large alphabet cards (you may buy them or I found some free ones online so. . . . . yeah) *here is the site from which it came:
    I've attached the original words and the beginning phonics sounds cards, I have the blends but the file is to big. . . you can find them online for sure.
  •  Phonics dance alphabet attachment
  •  Let`s do the phonics dance attachment



  1. Look up Phonics Dance on youTube, you will find many elementary schools performing this with varying gestures. Pick what suits you.
  2. Print, laminate and apply magnets to the alphabet cards.
  3. From here, you can either go straight through the alphabet, but that seems to take up too much time, so I always taught 5 or 6 each class, adding 5 or 6 more each lesson till we ended up with 26 letters.
  4. The dialog went something like this: *show the letter A, Me: "what letter??" students: "A" Me: "great! A says a, say a" Students: "a" (repeat this as necessary) Me: "Repeat after me, aaa is A (draw an upper case A with finger, students repeat) Abby is sAd (make like I'm crying, students repeat.) You will have to watch the YouTube videos to get all the actions or simply make up your own. (or have the kids make it up)
  5. After a short time the students will be able to do this without the "repeat after me" bit and you can make it through the whole alphabet quite quickly.
  6. There are also some pretty nice phonics clusters that they call "Hunk-n-chunks", you may or may not have time to get into these, hopefully you do.



  • After you have gotten about halfway though or so, you can play some pretty interesting board racing games with these letters. For example: you put up the letters A and O (and/or any other vowels), put the students into teams, have one person from each team up at the board. You say a three-letter word with A or O in the center and they have to guess whether you said the A word or the O word. * Pot, Pat*, this can be quite tough. You could also make a list of three letter words (or nonsense words) for each team *the same words for each team* like, Pot Pat, Cat Cot, Pit Pet, Cit Cet, and so on, and they have to touch the correct word you said.
  • For beginning sound practice you can say a word and they guess the beginning sound or you say a beginning sound and they draw a picture that corresponds to that sound. (in JHS first grade I would have them try to spell out the words, no points off for misspelling as long as it matched the beginning sound for that round)

概要: HERE



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