Sounds and Spelling Ball Toss
Purpose: This activity focuses on phoneme isolation and helps learners to become more confident at “sounding out” words when they are writing.
Preparation Time: None
Materials Needed: A soft ball, list of vocabulary words
- Say a word from the weekly unit. Repeat it several times, emphasizing the different sounds in the word
- Say the first sound from the word.
- Toss the ball to a learner. They must say the second sound in the word, then pass the ball to a new learner (if doing this one on one, the ball can be tossed back and forth).
- The ball is tossed until all of the sounds in the word have been said.
- Have the learner with the ball toss it back, then say the word again.
- Say the first letter from the word.
- Toss the ball to a learner. They must say the second letter in the word, then pass the ball to a new learner.
- The ball is tossed until all of the letters in the word have been said.
- Repeat with several more words, or until the learner/s lose interest.
Example: “kitchen” /k/, /i/, /tch/, /n/ “kitchen” k, i, t, c, h, e, n
Expansion: Have the learner who finishes the last letter in the word throw the ball to a new learner, who must come up with a new word and start the sound pattern.