Professional Development

A. Say-it and Move-It

A. Say-it and Move-It

This video demonstrates how to use discs as concrete representations of sounds in words. On the Say-it and Move-it board, the teacher moves disks to take apart (segment) and put back together (blend) sounds in a word. This activity helps to develop students’ phonemic awareness, as the discs are a visual and moveable representations of the sounds. This mimics the process of sounding out (decoding) words. In the lesson guides, this activity is done with words students will read in the corresponding Stage 1 text. This gives students practice in blending sounds back together without the letters and will make it more likely that when reading and decoding words, they will recognize the segmented word and blend it back. The words used for practice are the words a student will most likely need to sound out in the upcoming book. Each lesson guide suggests the words that are appropriate to do for a successful reading of the book.

B. Modifying Instruction

B. Modifying Instruction

This video addresses what to do if a student has difficulty segmenting and blending a word.
The demonstration uses a Say-it and Move-it activity.
Ask the student to point to the beginning, ending, or middle sound after the teacher segments it.
Model again and have the student follow your segmentation and blending example.
Use continuant sounds (sounds that have a longer continuous stream of air and/or sound, so they can be stretched out, such as /s/, /z/, /f/, /v/, /l/, /m/, /n/), because it is easier for students to perceive continuant sounds.

C. Say-It and Move-It with Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping

C. Say-It and Move-It with Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping

This video demonstrates how to use disks as concrete representations of sounds in words. On the Say-it and Move-it board, the teacher moves disks to take apart (segment) and put back together (blend) sounds in a word. This activity helps students to develop phonemic awareness as the disks are a visual and moveable representation of the sounds. This mimics the process of sounding out (decoding) words. In the lesson guides, this activity is done with words students will read in the Stage 1 text. This gives students practice in taking words apart by each sound and blending the sounds back together without the letters. This will make it more likely that when reading and decoding words they will recognize the segmented word and blend it back.

The second part of the activity is to map letters onto the sounds using the phoneme grapheme map. In a phoneme-grapheme map, teach box will represent one sound in the word in sequence. The teacher guides the students through the process of using the phoneme-grapheme map. This helps students to spell the words they are reading, which reinforces their phonics skills.