In our domino math activity I shared how we love to use dry erase markers to get a lot of practice on specific skills without going through a ton of paper. But dry erase activities aren’t just for math, there are a ton of ways to use them for reading instruction too. We’re continuing our sponsored series with EXPO Markers with this new free printable roll and write phonics activity that will be just right for your kindergarten and first grade learners. Use it to practice blending onsets and rimes, and also help kids identify real versus nonsense words.
Don’t miss our tips and tricks for using dry erase markers with kids.
FREE PRINTABLE ROLL A WORD PHONICS
For this free printable phonics activity you’ll need:
- EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator
- Free Printable Roll a Word Phonics Cubes and Response Sheet (link at the end of the article)
I recommend laminating the response sheet or adding it to a sheet protector like we did. I personally like to use sheet protectors. I leave the holes on them so I can file them in a binder by topic for quick access. Plus when they get too grimy I just slip out the paper and put it in a new sheet protector.
I would also laminate the game cubes if you are able in order to extend the use.
Set this activity up as a literacy center or independent activity for kids. After you introduce the steps, they’ll be able to play again and again as they practice important phonics skills. Using EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator in your center areas lets you easily see at a a glance whether there is enough ink. Nobody wants to be running to search for new dry erase makers in the middle of a busy day!
We like to use different colors for the onset and rime. Then we write the word with the same colors. This gives kids a better visual image of how the onset and rime come together to form the word.
Sometimes kids will roll a real word, and other times they will roll a nonsense word. Both versions let kids blend the sounds, and working with nonsense words has shown to be helpful to later reading fluency. Plus the silly nonsense words often get a giggle from the kids, adding a bit more fun to the activity. For this printable we’ve included a column where kids can note whether the word they rolled is a real word or not.
EXTEND AND ADAPT
This also works well as a partner activity. Have one child roll the onset cube and write the information on the recording sheet. Then the other child can roll the rime cube and record the rime information. Together the kids can blend the word and decide whether it is a real word or not. This is a great way to help learners at different levels if you partner kids of varying abilities.
If kids begin to lose interest a bit, here’s my stealthy trick for reigniting their enthusiasm. It’s as simple as changing the color of the marker you set out with the games. Seriously! EXPO dry erase markers come in 6 bold and bright colors. If you start the center with a black set of markers, switch it up by leaving out some blue markers the next week. It’s amazing what a tiny change in color can do to get kids re-engaged in an activity.
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