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Language Resources

Written by Jacob C. Herman

A phoneme is the smallest piece of sound heard by the human ear. For example, in the word cat, the emphasis on the "C" is heard by the ear before anything else and sounds the most important. The "kh" sound identified is sometimes confusing for young readers and writers because they associate it with the letter K. it's similar to calling a live answering service and hearing the wrong name because the ear hears different sounds first. Phonemes are the most basic unit of speech, but also the most important. The following resources cover different areas of speech, especially in regards to learning about those areas. Rhyming

· Rhyme Zone : offers rhymes based on a word or phrase.

· Rhyming Lesson : teaches users about rhyming by using a Raffi song.

· Reggie Loves to Rhyme : Scholastic invention about a rhyming rhinoceros.

Counting Syllables

· Counting Syllables in Words : lesson plan focusing on the teaching of syllable counting.

· Counting Syllables Software : program from Little Fingers Software that teaches kids about syllables.

· Syllable Count Poems and Lessons : offers poetry ideas as a way of teaching syllable counting.

From Words to Sentences

· Words and Sentences : focuses on using words to make sentences.

· Fun with Words and Sentences : a Mad Libs type program that asks the user to find words to make sentences.

· Making Sentences Games : games from the BBC that help kids learn about sentence structure.

· Really Good Stuff : offers dozen of lesson plans and study guides on sentence structure.

Making Oral Predictions

· Creative Writing Lesson Plans : helps kids see the different parts involved in writing a story.

· Story Writing Tips for Kids : focuses on tips that make writing a story easier for children.

· How to Write a Story : gives step by step instructions on writing a story.

Categorizing Words

· Classifying and Categorizing Words : offers a game on classifying and categorizing words.

· Noun Worksheets : worksheets that help kids see the difference between different types of nouns.

· Types of Words : focuses on the different types of words and how they're categorized.

Noun or Verb?

· Nouns and Verbs Quiz :quiz for testing kids on the differences between verbs and nouns.

· Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives and Adverbs : offers resources and tips for teachers working on this area.

· Teaching Nouns : focuses on the differences involved in teaching verbs and words.

Main Idea/Supporting Details

· Organizing Main Ideas and Supporting Details : provides a brief guide on focusing ideas down into a main topic and then supporting concepts.

· The Main Idea : offers quizzes and tutorials on understanding why a main idea is important.

Beginning Consonants

· Beginning Consonants : gives lesson plans on teaching consonants.

· Beginning Consonants Worksheets : downloadable worksheets for children.

Ending Consonants

· Lesson Sense : offers lesson plans and worksheets on ending consonants.

· Ending Consonants : provides different worksheets for younger kids.

Teachers are a type of answering service in that they have to be ready at all times. They never know what question a student might ask, and being prepared helps them to answer those questions. By learning more about the different types of words and sentences, they can better prepare themselves for any problems a student might have.

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