iSpeak and iListen: Tech to Build Phonemic Awareness
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.
Use program/grade level/district assessment material to measure student PA progress.
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.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Foundational Skills
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.
Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonent-vowel-consonent, or CVC) words.* (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.