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Can you hear it?

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This resource is designed for students in Kindergarten & 1st grade focusing on phonological awareness, particularly short vowel sounds. Students can complete this activity independently.I created this activity for my English Language Learning students. Many of them have a difficult time distinguishing the short vowel sound in words and in isolation. This resource will be used to support their phonological awareness in addition to other activities we do together during class.UPDATE 4-24-13It... More
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Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: PowerPoint
Date Added to MERLOT: April 16, 2013
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 27, 2016
Submitter: Sara Galbreath
Keywords: vowel, ESL, phonics, ELL, short vowel, phonological awareness, ENL


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Language: English
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
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Avatar for Marcy Hyde
3 years ago

Marcy Hyde (Teacher (K-12))

I really like how student friendly the entire presentation is. From the colors to the font to the sound, it is really kid friendly. You also mentioned that this could possibly be used with ELL, and I like how you kept this in mind as there isn't too much text and instead you used images and sound to help the students to learn the concept.

Technical Remarks:

Very easy to use, no glitches

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Priscila Fojan
3 years ago

Priscila Fojan (Teacher (K-12))

First off I like how you made the teacher's information a seperate page at the start so students don't need to be bothered reading about the details.

This is a great idea for students to practice their letter sounds!!! It first focuses on isolated vowel sounds then works on stretching the sounds in order to make words. There is also a review at the end for further practice. I was so bummed when the sounds didn't work on my computer :(

Technical Remarks:

I receive a "codec unavailable" rejection when I try to play the sounds.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for Atoya Martin
3 years ago

Atoya Martin (Teacher (K-12))

The StAIR has very clean and crisp lines. The colors are soothing and the visiual images will reinforce the learning goals for the students. The common core standards were highlighted and addressed in this StAIR. The icon for teacher information was very useful. With struggling first graders and Kindergartners, I think the text that tells the student to go back and try another vowel may be too difficult to read without adult supervision. An audio clip of some of the directions would be great.

Technical Remarks:

I could not get the audio clips to work. I am using an older version of Powerpoint. Saving the show in the oldest supported version could mean that more people can experience the full effect of this great StAIR.

Time spent reviewing site: 35 minutes

Avatar for Kollette Bordeaux
3 years ago

Kollette Bordeaux (Student)

I am very impressed with this powerpoint tutorial designed for kindergarden and first grade students who need to practice listening for, identifying, isolating, and substituting medial vowel sounds in consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words.  The author uses wonderful visual examples that should appeal to the visual learner.  The use of audio examples is apparent throughout the slide show which will allow the learner to hear the vowel sounds with specific examples.  The use of audio will help those students who learn best by listening.  The combination of learning styles is apparent throughout this presentation.  I am also very impressed by the fact that this author used the common core standards when designing this presentation and lists what standards she is applying.  This presentation would be useful in the early elementary classrooms as well as very beneficial for reading specialists.

Technical Remarks:

The presentation is easily used by clicking on the mouse in order to go from slide to slide.  I like how clear options  are given for the learner so he or she can choose where to go next.  I also love her use of audio throughout this presentation.  The audio is clear and very easy to understand for early readers.

Time spent reviewing site: fifteen minutes

Avatar for Edith Erickson
3 years ago

Edith Erickson (Teacher (K-12))

This is an interactive tool for use with younger students, or any student struggling to isolate vowel sounds. The presentation looks nice and is extremely interactive. The students are able to click on sound buttons to listen to the teacher model the sound. They can then practice discerning between the sounds until they master each vowel. Students are able to choose which letters to work on, allowing for ownership and choice. There are a few glitches with the sound. See the technical remarks.

Technical Remarks:

When I click the sound button on slide 6, it returns me to the short a page rather than playing the sound. This same thing happened on slides 13, 20, 27, and 34. Also, the sound buttons for the "Stretch", "Swap", and "Review" activities are visible, but I cannot click on them. This may cause confusion for such a young student.

Time spent reviewing site: 11 minutes