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Can You Change a Dog to a Cat?

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Feb. 22, 2019, 9:50 a.m.

As we are in the midst of MOY (Middle of the Year) screenings, we are seeing areas of growth and need on our classrooms. If your students are in need of grapho-phonemic skills, here is a quick game to use in your word work block.


Changing Dog to Cat

Use students existing knowledge of letters and sounds to change one word to another, one letter at a time. This activity allows students to practice manipulating the initial, medial, and final sounds in one syllable words.

An example of this would be changing dog to cat:

1."Boys and girls today we will change a dog into a cat by following my directions."

Write dog on the board and tell the children to write dog on their papers.

2."Now can you change dog into log?"

3."Next can you change log into lag?"

4."Then can you change lag into rag?"

5."Now can you change rag into rat?"

6."Finally can you change rat into cat?"

For more activities like this, join us for our From Phonics to Fluency (PK-2nd) virtual seminar on April 13th, 2019



Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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