Reading Activities Part 2

by Sophia McMillan
(Shane Training Centre, Tokyo)

Reading Activites Part 2

∗ Activities to practice alphabet and phonic value of letters Slap: with alphabet cards for the first letter instead of pictures.

Sliding Slap: Present the phonic values you want to practise. Slide one card across the table to a learner and indicate that you want them to slide it back to you. As they slide it back, slap the card and say the sound. Do the same with another learner. Then refuse to take a card back and indicate that you want the learner to slide the card to another person. As they slide the card between them, slowly add some more. You can control the mayhem by adding or removing cards.

Sticky Ball: Write some letters on the whiteboard, learners throw the sticky ball and say the sound and a word beginning with that sound.

Bingo: Deal out four alphabet cards to each learner. Before the class, prepare the magnetic letters so that you have the same cards and letters. Put the letters in a bag or box and pull out the first letter. Say the letter or phonic value and the person who has that card puts the magnetic letter on it. A learner pulls out the next letter. When someone has covered all their cards they shout bingo and win.

Phonic Telephone Numbers: Draw a 3 by 3 grid of squares on the board and add another square above the top centre. In the corner of each square write the numbers 0 to 9 in sequence. In the middle of each square write a letter. Add a telephone receiver and wires to the diagram. Ask, “What is it?” and elicit, “It`s a telephone.” Put learners in pairs. Give one learner a telephone number, the other learner asks “What`s your telephone number?” The first one replies, “My telephone number is /b/, /d/, /t/,” etc. The second person writes down the number that corresponds to the phonic of the letter in the square with that number. This activity requires very careful setting up and demonstration. Whole word recognition can also be practiced using it, “My telephone number is “cat”, “dog”, “fish”,” etc.

Alphabetical Order: Give learners some picture flashcards and they have to put them in alphabetical order. They can use an Alphabet poster if necessary.
Alphabet Stepping Stones: Scatter some alphabet mats on the floor. Explain that this is a shark-infested sea. Demonstrate that learners have to cross this sea to the safety of the other side. Learners take turns. Shout a letter and the first person has to jump on that letter. They then have to say the phonic value and a word that begins with that letter. Continue with the second person. If a mistake is made then a shark will bite off a limb, so that person will have to hop or hold an arm behind their back. A variation of Alphabet stepping stones is to say a short word (e.g. hat) and students have to jump from h to a to t. This involves spelling so is more difficult.

Blindfold point to the letter: Ask a learner to close their eyes. Stand them in front of an alphabet poster, say a letter (or a word that begins with that letter) and the learner points to where they think the letter is.

Find the letter: Hide some letters around the room. Learners must find the letters and give them to the teacher, encouraging them to say the correct sound. If they already know some sounds, the teacher can say a sound and the learners can race to find that letter.
Phonic stations: Start with a standard stations game with the vowels around the room. The teacher can say the letter and the learners run to the correct card, say the sound or a word beginning with the sound.

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·         Bio: Sophia McMillan is the Training Manager / TESOL Course Director at Shane Training Centre, Shane Corporation Ltd, Japan. A training centre dedicated to promoting and fostering teacher development and the only Trinity accredited training centre in Japan.

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