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Counting Phonemes Interactive Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide | 1 page | Grades: K - 1

Help students segment 2-, 3- and 4-phoneme words into their distinct sounds with this engaging interactive resource.

Embed Counting Phonemes Activities in Your Daily Phonics Instruction

The ability to isolate and identify the distinct sounds in words is a key requirement of phonemic awareness. So why not embed activities that immerse your students in the sounds of our language into your daily phonics practice? 

We’ve got a simple yet effective interactive resource to help your students fine-tune their listening skills as they identify and count the distinct sounds in a selection of common words.

Read on, and we’ll explain how it works!

Using Technology to Enhance Science of Reading Instruction

This interactive phonics resource includes 10 activity slides. Each slide contains a picture representing a common word and multiple choice options to choose from. Students complete the activities as follows:

  1. Look at the picture on the slide, then count how many sounds (phonemes) are in the word. 
  2. Click on the piece of candy that contains the correct number of phonemes. 
  3. If correct, the activity will continue to the next task. If incorrect, the activity will direct students to try again,  then present them with another opportunity.
  4. Be sure to have Presentation mode enabled when interacting with this resource to allow all the interactions/links to operate correctly.

Tips for Extension and Scaffolding

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your phonics instruction. It can be used for small groups, whole-class learning, or independent practice.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Provide students with concrete manipulatives, such as counters or buttons, to act as physical representations of the phonemes in each word. Allow students to physically represent the phonemes in each word with their counters before making their selection.

Challenge Fast Finishers

Encourage students needing the challenge to try encoding (spelling) the words represented on the slides as they move through each activity. This could be done on mini dry-erase boards to enable the teacher to monitor their accuracy.

No Preparation… Just Download and Go!

Click the Download button to access the interactive Google Slides document.


This resource was created by Anna Helwig, a teacher in Arizona and a Teach Starter collaborator.

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