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Counting Phonemes Clip Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 8 pages | Grades: K

Help students gain mastery in phoneme segmentation with these hands-on clip cards.

Phonemic Awareness = The Foundation of Decoding

Phonemic awareness (the ability to identify and manipulate the individual sounds in words) is a vital stepping stone on the path to becoming a successful reader or writer. Before our students put pen to paper, we must immerse them in activities that enable them to say, isolate, and identify the discrete sounds in words.

This set of clip cards has been designed to help your students isolate and count the sounds in words containing two, three, and four phonemes. The resource includes 24 cards, directions, and an answer key.

How To Use These Counting Phonemes Clip Cards

  1. Print and cut out the cards. Cardstock is recommended for added durability.
  2. Provide students with a set of task cards and clothespins.
  3. Students say the word corresponding to the picture on the card, then segment it into its phonemes. For example, the word “pig” has three phonemes: p-i-g. 
  4. Students clip a clothespin on the correct number of phonemes in the word from the choices at the bottom of the card.

To make this activity self-checking, put a star or another symbol on the back of the card behind the correct number.

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This resource was created by Anna Helwig, a teacher in Arizona and a Teach Starter collaborator.

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