These NO RPEP phonemic awareness dot pages are a great way to help your learners listen for beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words.
You might also like our Dot the Phonemes Worksheets.
*Grab the free printable by clicking on the teal download button towards the END of this post.
Phonemic Awareness Dot Pages
Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify the individual sounds in words. To be able to separate and identify the beginning /b/ sound in ball, for example, is a phonemic awareness skill.
Developmentally speaking, the easiest sounds for learners to identify are the beginning sounds. It’s a great place to start and the reason I have so many beginning sound activities on my blog.
Typically, the ending sound in the next easiest sound learners can hear. This is evident when learners spell house as HS, only writing the beginning and ending sounds. This is normal development.
The middle sounds in words are the hardest for learners to hear. These take the longest to come. Even if learners are already reading, they can still miss middle sounds in words as they spell them. This is especially true with when it comes to middle vowel sounds.
These phonemic awareness dot pages are designed to help stretch your learners’ phonemic awareness skills by having them listen for beginning sounds, ending sounds, AND middle sounds. Be ready to do these with your learner if you don’t think it’s something they are ready to try independently!
Using these pages is super, super simple and requires NO PREP.
1- The learner says the sound of the letter shown in the first column. The slanted lines around each letter just means you make the sound of the letter.
2- They then name the picture* in the middle column. I recommend saying it SLOWLY** to stretch out each of the sounds.
3- Lastly, they dot (or color) the circle to show if the featured sound is at the beginning (B), middle (M), or the end (E) of the word.
*I have included a picture key AND answer key in the free printable just in case you aren’t sure.
**The best way to help learners hear the sounds in words is to SLOW THE SOUNDS way down in the words. Stretch the words out like you’re stretching a rubber band slowly or like you’re a turtle. Once you say the word slowly, your learner should do the same thing. This is key. Don’t let your learners skip this step, especially if they’re struggling to hear the sounds. Saying it helps them to feel all the letter sounds as their mouth forms them.
I recommend using green, yellow, and red dot paint (or crayon colors), with green=beginning sounds, yellow=middle sounds, and red=ending sounds, but you can use any colors you or your learners want.
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