The students have practiced and learned the letter names and sounds! Knowing these 2 things is just the start! It is so important to know them fluently!
How do you develop fluency of letters and sounds?
Practice with GAMES, of course!
We pulled letters from a popcorn container (Dollar Store must) then a played different games.
The student had to say the letter and sound. We matched the letters already found and placed on the table!
A few different letters were placed on a table. Students raced to find the letter/sound said by the teacher. Whoever touched it first won! Placing a few letters down at a time makes it easier. For students that really struggle, I placed only 3 popcorn cards on the table.
We also played a game where we picked a popcorn letter, said the letter name/sound. Then found the letter on the alphabet sheet and colored the matching beginning sound word! The fluency happen with saying the letter name/sound but finding it on the ABC table first makes it fun!
The last FUN game was….SAY IT FIRST! I pulled out a popcorn card. The student that said the letter name first kept the card! (We did sounds the next day!) We found the winner by comparing the number of cards won!
We also read the popcorn poem each time we began a lesson with the popcorn letters! It helped develop auditory memory and reading fluency with choral reading. I also had the students point to letters in the poem to see who could find it the fastest! Just for fun, of course!
You can find these resources and other games and ideas in this product! Hope it works as well for you as it does for me!