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Develop Phonological Awareness with Online Stories: Metaphorphosis


Find this site - Metamorphosis

Phonological Awareness may sound confusing, but it's not. It's the way people hear and think about words and sounds. Some of the latest research has determined that readers with a strong sense of phonological awareness become successful readers.

One part of phonological awareness is hearing separate syllables in words. I've chosen this online book to try some simple activities to improve a child's ability to hear syllables in words.

You may want to explore these three links for more information about syllables. #1 #2 #3

Activities to Try:
* Easy Activity: There are three words in this story that are stretched out and made to have more syllables than a person would say while speaking. Listen to the story once and try to pick out the three words. (high, certainly, and eyes) Speak normally and have a child listen to the natural beat of the words. You clap the syllables and invite a child to join you. Show that high has one, cer tain ly has three, and eyes has one.

* Easy Activity: Listen to the story. Try tapping to the beat of words. Invite a child to join in.

* Medium Activity: After listening to a page have a child clap the syllables for a few words. Replay and clap the syllables with the audio. Spell some words with magnetic letters and separate the syllables.

* Advanced Activity: Review the rules for syllables. Spell some words with magnetic letters and separate the words into syllables. Separate the words different ways and try to read the words following syllable rules.

Here's metamorphosis separated correctly.
Following rules for syllables:
met - (short e sound) When a vowel is alone between two consonants it will usually make a short sound.
a - (a makes the "uh") All vowels can make this sound. It is called the schwa sound.
mor - (or has a special sound) Special letter combinations have their own sound.
pho - (ph makes the "f" sound, long o sound) When a vowel is at the end of a word or syllable it will usually make a long sound.
sis - (short i sound) When a vowel is alone between two consonants it will usually make a short sound.

Here's metamorphosis separated differently.

Following rules for syllables to read metamorphosis a different way:
me - (long e sound) When a vowel is at the end of a word or syllable it will usually have a long vowel sound.
ta - The a could make a long sound or the schwa sound "uh".
mor - (or makes a special sound) Special letter combinations have their own sound.
phos - (short o sound) When a vowel is alone between two consonants it usually makes a short sound.
is - (short o sound) When a vowel is at the beginning of a word or syllable it usually make a short sound.



Do as little or as much as you think your beginning reader can understand. You may want to come back and revisit this story for more advanced activities with syllables at a later date.

Metamorphosis is one of the free online stories I've collected on a page at the top of my blog. I've created other posts with ways to use some of these free online stories.

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