You have seen our educational brain breaks with Fluency and Fitness, you have played team games with Fluency Find It, you have even gathered data through our Digital Task Cards, but did you know there is another resource at your fingertips? Physical Phonics is another way to teach your students using actions and movement!
WHAT IS PHYSICAL PHONICS?
Physical Phonics are videos of us helping students learn phonics by incorporating actions and movements. In order to play, you project the video onto your screen and students say letters and sounds out loud, while doing the movements right along with us!
HOW ARE THESE MORE EFFECTIVE?
The sounds and movements in Physical Phonics use a multi-sensory approach to help students learn through visual, auditory and kinesthetic movement. This approach helps students to process the information in multiple ways and therefore retain the information more easily.
WHAT RESOURCES ARE INCLUDED WITH MY MEMBERSHIP?
With your Fluency and Fitness+ membership you receive fun, engaging videos for beginning letter sounds, blends, digraphs, r-controlled vowels, vowel teams/patterns, and diphthongs. You will also have access to flashcards, posters, student books, and more!
WHAT WAYS CAN I USE THIS IN MY CLASSROOM?
WHOLE GROUP & SMALL GROUP
When teaching the sounds you are focusing on, simply play our videos on the screen in your classroom for the entire class to do together! If you are practicing in small groups, choose the video and group that needs the practice and play for them to follow along. An Ipad in small groups or a station that students rotate to is perfect for this practice!
PRO TIP: Physical Phonics is a great way to warm-up before your Phonics lesson or to close at the end of your lesson each day!
Do you have students that need extra practice with specific phonics skills? Once you have set up your classroom as a member and added each student in your class, choose the video they need the most help with, select “options” underneath that video, and choose to “assign a game” to each student.
PRO TIP: We have detailed instructions on how to set up your virtual classroom on our website! Select the “Resources” tab and see our tutorials!
AROUND THE ROOM
Place the Physical Phonics flashcards/posters around your classroom so that students are able to see them every day. This will help them to remember the sounds and remind them as they are working!
You can also place the flashcards on a ring so that students are able to flip through them. This is great to keep in your Phonics stations for students to use when writing or to read through quietly on their own.
MAKE A GAME
After you have practiced Physical Phonics with your students, play a game to quiz them and see how much they have retained! Try showing your students an action and having them tell you what letter sound, vowel team, blend, etc. is associated with that action from the videos!