Phonemic awareness skills are so important for new readers. These free phonemic awareness worksheets provide excellent practice no matter which skill you are working on!
I don’t know about you, but I really struggle to find no prep worksheets and activities to foster phonemic awareness skills for my kindergarten, first grade, and second grade intervention students. So many of the activities I find involve text on the student page. (I’m not talking about titles and directions, I’m talking about words with pictures.) We don’t need to practice phonics, we need to practice phonemic awareness. Thus, I set out to create 100% picture-based phonemic awareness worksheets for my students. I figured that if I couldn’t find such resources, neither could you! Today I’m sharing these free phonemic awareness worksheets with y-o-u.
100% PICTURE-BASED PHONEMIC AWARENESS WORKSHEETS
You might still be thinking, “So wait…there are no words, Lauren?” Yes, that’s right, no words. Since the students are practicing hearing sounds in words, they need to focus on listening to the words and phonemes, rather than be distracted by text. I also find that my EL/ELL students are extremely intimated by text before learning phonics. These picture based activities will lower the affective filer for such students. Don’t worry, I’ve included picture answer keys for every activity. (You know, just in case that sub can’t figure out the words. 😉 )
INTERACTIVE PHONEMIC AWARENESS WORKSHEETS
Every worksheet (all 65+) is cut and paste. I love the interactive aspect of cut-and-paste, as well as the opportunity to work on motor skills. I also made sure every sheet was this way so that students could focus on the phonemic awareness skill rather than the directions on the page. The format and layout is consistent and familiar. This sets students up for success!
So far, I’ve created worksheets for the following phonemic awareness skills:
- Beginning Sounds Sorts
- Rhyming (Match the rhymes; 2 versions)
- Compound Words
- Syllable Sorts
- Sounds (Phonemes) in Words Sorts
- Ending Sounds Sorts
- Medial Sounds Sorts
WAYS TO USE
These worksheets are the perfect way to review and practice different phonemic awareness skills. Since there are multiple versions of each skill, I will also be using them as an assessment. Students will know how to complete the activity because we have done it before, so we will go over the pictures, put up their privacy folders, and test. Then I can use the results to guide instruction!