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Discover Intensive Phonics (K - 3rd Grade & SPED) Huddle
4th Tuesday of each month at 2 pm MT
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Presented by: Joan Parrish
“Transferring Phonics Skills to
Other Academic Curriculum ”
The Big Question
The Misconception of Phonics
1. Phonics skills can only be taught in
isolation during language arts.
2. Hinders development of critical
thinking skills.
3. Phonics and vocabulary skills do not
transfer to other academic areas.
Phonics is a part of the total
Language Arts curriculum
The Language Arts curriculum includes:
• Phonemic Awareness
• Phonics
• Spelling
• Vocabulary
• Reading
• Grammar / Creative Writing
Phonics promotes the
development of critical thinking
• Systematic phonics lessons are taught by example
during the learning and the direct application of phonetic
• Using phonics develops higher critical thinking skills
because explicit, systematic phonics instruction
automatically teaches some aspects of formal logic such
as decoding and encoding.
Phonics skills should transfer to
other academic areas.
The five areas of reading instruction (phonemic
awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text
comprehension) must be integrated into mathematics,
science, and social studies to enrich the students’
understanding of concepts in those areas.
Social Studies
• Phonemic Awareness: the ability to notice, think
about, and work with individual sounds within a spoken
word. This skill can be taught through singing songs,
rhymes, and word play.
• Phonics: the relationship between letters and sounds.
Teachers can relate phonics skills with social studies
trade books that have a repetitive initial sound or vowel
pattern to reinforce vowel patterns and teach content.
Poetry is a powerful source for both content and phonics.
• Mathematics: the ability to understand the relationship
of a specific amount and associate it to the “picture” or
name of the number (number sense).
• Vocabulary:
Selecting certain books to reinforce math
concepts is very powerful. Students use phonics
skills to decode and read specific math
vocabulary, then “act out” the arithmetic
A phonics lesson using a specific letter sound is
reinforced during a shared science story that integrates
a life, earth, or physical science concept.
Make the concept come to life through “hands-on”
Spelling & Vocabulary
Expand spelling lists by adding vocabulary from the
other content areas of instruction. Students will be
more prepared and have a greater understanding for
reading assignments.
Thematic Units
Children can be exposed to the various curriculum
areas through literature. Literature can be broken
into thematic units to teach different skills. Here are
a few websites for teachers regarding thematic
Why integrate phonics skills
into other subject areas?
A balanced approach to learning is
• Enables children to make relevant connections to life.
• Promotes the transfer of knowledge to the subject
• Provides opportunities for different ways of learning:
kinesthetic, tactile, spatial, visual, and auditory.
• Phonics skills are reinforced in contextual experiences.
Questions & Answers
“What is really important in education is not
that the child learns this and that, but that
the mind is matured, that energy is
Soren Kierkegaard
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Intensive Phonics Huddle!
Tuesday, January 27th at 2:00pm MT

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