What do you think of this idea? Great way to make phonemic awareness concrete (and, you've gotta' love using students' names--it works!). This is simply elastic waistband material (bought at Walmart in the sewing section--cheap), with some cardstock stapled on (the bottom drawings depict student pictures stapled to the left). Stretch to segment, release to blend...viola! There are many, many more ideas for easy concrete models in my Name Wall book from Scholastic. Happy Learning!
I'm a full-time K-6 literacy coach in a Title I school. I've taught for 28 years in different parts of the country. I love learning every day alongside teachers and students. My passion for literacy teaching has led me to write a number of books for teachers on literacy practice, including the picture book series: STELLA WRITES. When I'm not teaching or writing, I love to present, consult and collaborate with other passionate educators across the nation. I'm also 'MOM' to one overly energetic young boy!