Lesson Plan

iSpeak and iListen: Tech to Build Phonemic Awareness

A tech rich approach to supporting phonemic awareness skills.
August D.
Classroom teacher
Ridgewood Elementary School
Eureka, United States
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My Grades K
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of phonemic , or phonological, awareness (PA) skills. This Lesson Flow is designed to be used multiple times, each targeting a different skill, including:

  • Rhyming
  • Syllables
  • Blending and Segmenting
  • Initial, Meidal, and Final Sound Isolation
  • Phoneme Substitution
English Language Arts
Grades Pre-K – 1
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1 Pre-assessment

Activity: Assessing

Use program/grade level/district assessment material to determine student base-line PA skills. 

2 Whole Group Skills Introduction

While the paid version of this app is a robust tool for use in a resource class, the free version is great for introducing specific skills with the whole class.

After introducing the target skill using adopted curriculum, demonstrate the skill by projecting Hearbuilder for the class to see. Create an interactive atmosphere by calling students up to use the tablet during the lesson.

3 Independent Practice

Make these apps available for student use during your centers or choice time for students to practice newly acquired skills.

Note: These tools primarily focus on phonics, but do require listening skills. To bridge these apps to the target PA skills will require the teacher to make explicit connections.

4 Assessment

Activity: Assessing

Use program/grade level/district assessment material to measure student PA progress. 

5 Intervention

This thorough, but pricy, app can be used one-on-one or in small groups with students still struggling with PA skills.

Administer assessments to inform future instruction.