Children have greater difficulty hearing and isolating a sound at the end of a word than a sound at the beginning of a word, so some of these games may be challenging for your child.
Children should be very familiar with the consonant letter sounds from doing the Word Families and Beginning Sounds activities. If your child is still shaky in identifying these sounds, please spend more time on the previous modules before starting the Ending Sounds module.
Review the pronunciations of the letter sounds before starting this module to be sure that you — the adult — are still saying them correctly.
3. Ending Sounds Activities
- H1: Last Things Last – Identify and practice listening to the ending sound in one-syllable words, focusing on one sound at a time. It is more difficult for a child to hear and notice ending sounds than beginning sounds.
- H2: Finish the Word – Blend the first part of a spoken word together with the final phoneme (sound), using picture cards as visual clues.
- H3: Sound Sort – Sort picture cards into piles by their ending sounds. Now that your child has learned some of the ending sounds, she will practice differentiating between multiple ending sounds.
- H4: Make a Match – Play a variation on the game of Memory or Concentration, matching picture cards to their ending sounds.
- H5: Three’s Enough – Look at five pictures and pick out the one that ends with a different sound.
- H6: Find the New Word – Add a sound to the end of a word to create a new word, using picture cards as clues.
- H7: Say the New Word – Add a sound to the end of a word to create a new word, without any visual clues.
- H8: Build-a-Word Puzzles – Put together a two-piece jigsaw puzzle made of a root word and an ending sound. The assembled puzzle is a new word.
- H9: Hidden Word Hunt – Take away the ending sound of a word to reveal the “hidden” word that remains, using picture cards as clues. Then identify the sound that was removed from the original word.
- H10: Password – Figure out the “secret password” by taking away the ending sound of a word to reveal the “password” that remains, with no visual clues.
- H11: Tail End Bingo – Use the game of Bingo to identify the sound that has been cut off the “tail end” of a word.
- H12: Sound Circus – Play a board game in which you must pick a picture card with the right ending sound to move forward on the board.