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Slate Races - Segmenting

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Activity Type: Build Accuracy
Activity Form: Game
Grade: K, 1
Group Size: Small Group
Length: 10 minutes
Materials: One slate and one dry erase marker per child, one tissue/cloth/eraser per child, chalkboard and chalk
Goal: Given a regular word, the student can segement it into sounds ( "abc" -> /a/ + /b/ + /c/ )
Items: Any set of C-V-C words learned so far. For a list of regular words, consult the Word List Generator [[1]] or the Sounding Out Word Cards [[2]].

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  1. Have students sit far enough away from each other that they cannot copy each other’s work.
  2. Today, we are going to break our words down into sounds - segmenting. I will say a word that has 3 different sounds in it. You will write the word on your slate. Then, underneath the word, you will write down each sound, separated by a dash. Please watch as I segment and model for you.
  3. Model segmenting the word /dog/ on the board.
  4. Then, when you know what sounds are in the word, I want you to raise your hand.
  5. Pass out materials.
  6. Now, we will begin. Listen as I say the word – write the word down and then underneath, write the sounds, separated by a dash. The first word is cat.
  7. Give students time to write the word.
  8. Good job. Now, I will write that word down and then write down its sounds on the board and we will say the sounds together.
  9. Write down the word then write down its sounds. Say the word and then lead students in saying the word, too.
  10. Now, everyone can erase those words and sounds on their own slate.
  11. Repeat Step 3 nine more times for a total of 10 races.
  12. Read all of the words segmented together as a group.
  13. Great job, students! You did an excellent job with segmenting.
  14. Observe students play the game. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.


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