Identifying medial sounds vs beginning or ending sounds can be a little challenging. These medial sound mats can help children identify those middle sounds. They are perfect for beginning readers.
Using the Medial Sound Mats
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When introducing the medial short vowel sound in cvc words, separate instruction of the auditorily confusing sounds /e/ and /i/. In this set, I’ve given a suggested list of instructions of a, i, o, e, u.
The sound mats in the packet can be used in a variety of ways.
-Introduce the sound and letter we use to represent that sound. Have students listen for the medial sound as you name each picture on the sheet. Example- What sound do you hear in the middle of the word bat? /a/
-Trace the letter with your finger as you say the short vowel sound that letter represents. Make sure to use a crisp sound and not add other phonemes. Example- Say /b/ not buh
-Use the sound boxes at the bottom of each sheet to push small objects into each box as you isolate each sound in each of the words. For example- bat- /b/ /a/ /t/ The middle box is highlighted in orange to draw attention to listening to the medial sound.
-Use magnetic letters or small letter manipulatives to spell each word in the boxes.
-Laminate the mats and then students can write the letters representing each sound they hear in each of the picture words in the boxes. Use dry erase markers.
Printable Medial Sound Mats
Download the printable medial sound mats. They are a thank you gift for becoming a free member of the Growing Book by Book community. Just click the purple rectangle button below.