Did you know that less than 50% of American fourth graders scored as proficient readers in the 2019 Reading Performance survey conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress?
There are many factors that influence this trend. The most basic one, however, might be hard-wired in our brains, because while speech is something that children acquire by hearing and using it often enough, research has shown that reading doesn’t come naturally to us. This research goes against the idea that children will learn to read simply by being surrounded with good books and guessing their way through them using context clues.
Phonics, or the relationship between letters and sounds, can give students the skills they need to make educated guesses about unfamiliar words. But how does a teacher teach these skills while keeping children interested in reading? Phonics lessons from Gynzy, which are enriched with activities, images and videos, and class discussions, can help! These fun activities are a great introduction to some of the phonics-themed activities on Gynzy:
Read on to find more phonics lessons and activities available on Gynzy, and create an account to get started today.
Teaching Phonics and Word Recognition
There are 44 sounds or phonemes in English, but not all teachers agree on how much time should be spent memorizing these basic letter-to-sound relationships. Phonics is the study of this relationship as a means of giving students the tools they need to decode individual words, rather than relying on context clues elsewhere in the text. To get students comfortable with this, Gynzy lessons about decoding single syllable words include:
While the strategies a teacher uses to teach literacy skills will vary by classroom, most teachers settle on a combination of phonics instruction, sight words and irregular spellings, and reading fun texts to put those skills into practice. Gynzy lessons about decoding multisyllabic words and recognizing vowel “teams” include:
When teaching students phonics and literacy skills, it’s important to remember that reading should be fun. Give students frequent opportunities to develop their skills in fun games and activities. These lessons cover additional phonics concepts for developing readers and are enriched with activities to help students remember what they’ve been taught:
- Review consonant digraphs (sh, th, ch, wh, ph)
- Determine the number of syllables in a printed word
- Silent letters: gn, mb, kn
- Silent Letters: gn, mb, kn, wr
- Consonant blends and digraphs
- Silent letters: gh, sw, wr, wh
- Consonant Blends: br, cl, gl, sp, tr
- Consonant blends and digraphs: cr, kn, pl, st, wr
- Silent letters: ch, lk, lm
You can find more advanced phonics lessons on the phonics and word recognition section of our Library. Additional lessons there cover topics such as irregularly spelled words, prefixes and suffixes, and many different sight word lessons.
More Lessons for Developing Readers
Learning to read is one of the most basic skills we can give our students. By teaching students to read, write, and think critically, they can be taught to overcome challenges they will face in life. English lesson plans from Gynzy help K-8 students develop these skills in engaging lesson plans that work in a classroom or online learning environment. Start delivering more engaging ELA and phonics lessons by creating a Gynzy account and exploring our Library.