06 January 2013

Phonics Candy Bar Charts

One of my favorite classroom activities would have to be these Candy Bar Charts.  I have been using these for the last 10 years and I really believe they have given my students a good grasp of letter/sound patterns.  I set them aside this year, so I could update the charts.  I had made them so long ago, that they needed some serious updating.  I missed them so much, that I finally committed myself to getting them done.  I'm going to start using them tomorrow in my own classroom.  We are covering the /oi/ spelled oi and oy, so it will be an Almond Joy week.  
In this set, there are 24 charts that students can use to brainstorm words that follow specific spelling patterns or language skills.  By connecting the patterns with candy bars, then students will have an additional strategy to help them remember the sound associated with each pattern.   
 This title page could be used as a cover for a notebook or journal where students can keep all of their candy bar charts.  I like to keep all of the charts together in one folder, so students can refer back to them throughout the year.  My students often utilize them as word banks for Writers' Workshop. Below is a list of all the patterns included in the unit.
The candy bars are all in black and white, so that students can color the candy bars themselves.  This will also save on printer ink.  I introduce each new pattern on Monday, and we brainstorm words together.  Students highlight the pattern within each of the words they add to their chart. 

Then, my students complete the back side of the page during stations.  This could be done independently or in their small groups.  They can look for new words by reading around the room, looking in library books/textbooks, or using the word wall.  I usually review the candy bar chart again on Friday before the spelling test.  This gives me an opportunity to make sure they have the correct spellings for all of the words that they added to the back of their charts.  These charts are also useful for teaching Word Study lessons during Guided Reading.

Another fun little thing I do, is I like to buy a candy bar that goes with my lesson for the week.  I laminate the wrapper and use it to remind them of that spelling pattern.   They are a simple way to refer back to the patterns we've already learned.   They make a perfect manipulative for Guided Reading.

You can get these charts for $4.99 in my TPT store.  Just click on any of the images above.
I hope you enjoy this sweet way to teach phonics!

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