This week, we continued our work of learning the Pre-Primer sight words. I thought I would share with you an alternative to magnetic letters for spelling sight words in a very tactile manner. A few years ago, I discovered Flat Fish Phonics Fish from Carson Dellosa. Students love to work with these foam manipulatives to make sight words and for learning and reinforcing alphabet skills. The fish are smooth on the front and textured on the back; they lock together like a puzzle. Click on the picture below to check out the details.
The target word for this week was you. Earlier in the week I introduced the word and she used magnetic letters to spell the word. Then, on Friday, we used a playdough/tracing mat from my Playdough Tracing Sight Word Mat set and the Phonics Fish!
Another little gadget I like to use is the Reading Helper slide to highlight target words, punctuation or whatever the teaching point is for the session. I love to have students use a magnifying glass to search for other sight words we have learned.
After reading a sight word story from Reading A-Z (Can You See? A perfect book to use with the Phonics Fish, as the book is about ocean animals), my little reader again used the fish to make the sight word.
Using reading manipulatives makes instruction more interactive and kinesthetic and helps the reader to focus. The Phonics Fish is something I don't use everyday like magnetic letters or letter cards, but they are fun and effective to use when you need to add a little something different to the mix!
What are your favorite reading gadgets or manipulatives to use for instruction and/or intervention?