Phonics 2.0
Decoding the Written Word

Learning that sounds are represented by letters that can be blended together to make words. Phonics instruction teaches children the relationships between the letters (graphemes) of written language and the individual sounds (phonemes) of spoken language. It teaches children to use these relationships to read and write words.
The goal of phonics instruction is to help children learn and use the alphabetic principle--the understanding that there are systematic and predictable relationships between written letters and spoken sounds. Knowing these relationships will help children recognize familiar words accurately and automatically, and "decode" new words. In short, knowledge of the alphabetic principle contributes greatly to children's ability to read words both in isolation and in connected text.
Put Reading First

Objective: To help educators better understand how phonics instruction helps children to recognize the relationships between letters and sounds and to provide teachers with Web 2.0 activities and materials that can be used to teach phonics.


Phonics Fun

  1. Create a Wiki to save your work on. Go to and choose the "Random Name Picker" Template. Type some words that are easy to sound out and click the save button. Be sure to hold down the control key on your computer or your pop-up blocker will not let the next page load. This game can either be played by clicking on your saved version or embedding a copy on your Phonics Wiki. The teacher will prepare ahead of time flash cards with matching words to randomly pass out to several students and the student will read the word when it gets picked and put the word card back in the "pot". The first student to get rid of all of their cards wins. This game can also be played without cards.
  2. Check this out: Sizzling Science
  3. Using your Wiki again for some phonics fun go to and choose the Dust Bin Game. Add a rhyming word at the top of each bin and about 5 rhyming words inside each bin. Save a version or embed your game on your Wiki page.
  4. Back to our Wiki again and to This time choose the Game Generator (this one rocks!) Type in the beginning of a nursery rhyme and leave out the last word. Type in an asterisk after your unfinished nursery rhyme and then type the last word. Choose the Word shoot Version and save a copy or embed your game on your Wiki page.
  5. More Wiki work again with and this time choose the Game Generator again. Put two words on each line from the same word family and choose the matching pairs game. Save and embed on your Wiki page.
  6. It's Wiki one more time as we create a page to save our favorite online phonics activities.
  7. Use Scribd to create a simple flash card game
  8. Create flash cards for phonics or vocabulary with Quizlet Rhyming Words
  9. Classic Creativity and Story Telling go hand-in-hand in this add-to-a-story website as children author online at My Baby Monsters
  10. Two great sites for free printable books and downloadable stories to listen to are LIt2Go and Storynory away, listen away and record your own podcast.

Scholastic Teachers: Visit Online Activities and Interactive Learning to search for phonics practice with students
Assessment: Visit Intel Assessing Projects to create an assessment tool to evaluate student performance