Friday, November 22, 2013

The Gift of Reading Blog Hop

Welcome to Hanging Out in First! You have arrived at  

At each blog stop, you will be gathering Reading gifts and freebies.  In each post you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. Collect all of the letter to solve the mystery quote to enter the giveaway. Record all of the letters on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you may go to A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher's blog.  This is also where you will go after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!!
During the holidays we remember to cherish and be thankful for the things that we have.  We treasure the gifts that have been given to us.  So many of us take for granted the gift of reading.  We have been doing it so long, that we forget where we all started and how important the power of words truly are.  

As a first grade teacher, I get the pleasure of seeing the gift of reading every day!  I get to give this gift to a wonderful set of students every year.  Today, I get to share it with you!

In first grade, we start at the very beginning with reading, so phonemic awareness is crucial.  The activity that I am sharing with you today helps students to practice phoneme segmentation.  Phoneme segmentation is the ability to segment the sounds in any given word.  This is the building block to encoding and spelling!

With this activity, students will practice segmenting sounds in a variety of ways.  Students can cut out pictures, use Elkonin boxes to push and say the sounds in each word, and then sort the pictures according to the number of sounds it has.  

Students can also color circles for each sound that they hear in a word.  

Lastly, students can graph their pictures for the number of sounds and use their graph to answer questions about the sounds that they hear.  

At the end of this pack are pages to help track phoneme segmentation fluency!

Click the picture below to grab your freebie!! Enjoy!

Don't forget to record your letter for the giveaway at the end!
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Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you enjoyed your gift and learned something new. If you would like to be the first to know about new posts, giveaways, and blog hops follow me on Bloglovin' by clicking the image Below.

Don't stop now! Hop on over to Curious Firsties to pick up another amazing reading gift! Happy Holidays!

If you get lost along the way download the Hop Map here to easily pick back up where you left off! 


  1. Phoneme seg is such a critical skill, especially for the dyslexic reader. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am definitely going to use it with my OG kids!

  2. Phonemic awareness is so important to a child's reading success. Thank you for making it fun!
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  3. LOVE your freebie on Phonemic Awareness! I am your newest follower :)

    Mindful Rambles

  4. Phonemic Awareness is so critical to reading success. These sound boxes are a super fun way to practice segmentation!

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