Try this free ending sounds activity to build phonemic awareness!
But ending sounds are tougher. So I knew I needed to create an activity that would help her compare ending sounds in words.
I printed the cards and grabbed some poker chips. To begin she named the picture at the top of the card. I then said the word slowly and emphasized its ending sound. “Baaallllllll.” I asked her what sound she heard at the end of ball.
“That’s right! Now let’s look at these other pictures. We’re going to cover any pictures whose names also end with llllll.“
NOTICE. I was not emphasizing that the words ended with the letter l. This was a phonemic awareness activity; we were focusing on listening for the sound itself.
(Watch my free training video: 5 things you need to know about phonological and phonemic awareness)
I helped her name the pictures. Together, we emphasized the final sound in each word.
This was a little tough for my Four, but she did much better than I’d anticipated. In the past, when I’ve tried to work on ending sounds with her, she’s given up right away. “It’s too hard!”
But she was willing to do 4-5 cards with me each time we did the activity.
The set includes 13 cards. They feature pictures whose names are one-syllable words that end with these letters:
f, b, m, g, l, d, r, p, t, x, s, n, and k.