Final Sound Speller


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In Final Sound Speller, students choose the missing final sound that correctly spells each word.

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Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.

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Building Literacy

  • Foundational Skills
  • Spelling
  • Phonics

What? Phonics and spelling instruction go hand in hand and are both fundamental in building literacy skills. More...Less

In phonics, students study the relationship between letters (graphemes) and their sounds (phonemes). Students begin to learn phonetic patterns which can be used to decode words during reading or encode words during writing.

When? Students begin to study phonics in kindergarten when they are taught to match letter names of the alphabet to their sounds. More...Less

After mastering the alphabet, kindergarten and first grade students are exposed to basic phonetic rules and patterns, like short vowel sounds and word families. Throughout elementary school, students learn increasingly difficult phonetic patterns. The goal is for students to have solid phonetic skills well before they leave elementary school.

How to teach: Because words and sounds are read to students, Final Sound Speller can be used for independent phonics practice during literacy centers. More...Less

It can also be assigned as homework. When explicitly introducing and teaching a phonics pattern, teachers can use Final Sound Speller as a whole group lesson. Teachers can create word lists that help students practice final sounds such as CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) patterns. These words can support the skills being taught in small group lessons. Many of these lists can be found in Teaching Resources under English/Language Arts.

Play to learn: In Final Sound Speller, students choose the correct letter(s) and corresponding sound to complete the word. More...Less

The word is read aloud, but the final letter(s) will not be displayed. Students roll over the four choices to hear the sound each makes before picking the correct letter/sound combination. A Sentence button is available so students can hear the word in context. A Word button is available so students can hear the word read aloud again. If students answer incorrectly, they will receive immediate feedback.

Teaching Tip: Final Sound Speller is perfect to review weekly phonics patterns. The audio features are great for English Language Learners (ELLs).

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