Sing Your Way Through Phonics
Free Lesson Plans for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades

Our phonics lesson plans for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades are based on the belief that all students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. Through music and rhythm, Sing Your Way Through Phonics engages young readers physically, mentally, and emotionally so that the phonics concepts are easily grasped and retained. Linking learning to music has proven especially effective with ESL students, students with dyslexia and learning disabilities, and those with special needs who do not respond well to traditional pencil/paper exercises.

Each of the classroom-tested lesson plans listed below correlates with one of the phonics teaching songs from each volume of Sing Your Way Through Phonics. Our Ready-to-Read! volume includes phonemic awareness lesson plans for pre-K and kindergarten. Volume 1 covers letter identification to early words for pre-school through 1st grade; Volume 2 covers long vowel spellings to -s and -es endings for 1st and 2nd grades,; Volume 3 covers w-h words to -tion suffixes for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. These phonics songs and concepts can also be previewed earlier or reviewed later than the intended grade levels. Each phonics lesson plan includes song lyrics and tunes, objectives, an explanation of the concept, a basic procedure for introducing the concept, follow-up activities to enhance retention and understanding, and extensions such as games, manipulatives, and literature connections. You can use our Scope and Sequence or Parent Guide to help determine which phonics lesson plans are best matched to your student’s needs.

Lesson Plan



Rhyming Words Rhyme in Time helps students to recognize rhyming words in songs, speech, and poetry. R*
Beginning Sounds Tongue Tangle helps students to recognize beginning sounds in songs, speech, and poetry. R*
Same and Different Consonants Words in My Pocket encourages students to discriminate same and different consonant sounds. R*
Sounding Out Words Guess What I Am Hiding gives students practice in sounding out words by blending onset and rime. R*
Letter Sounds Who Knows the Letter? helps students recognize letter sounds in words that they hear and say. R*
Capital Letters Alphabet Letters teaches students to recognize and write capital letters of the alphabet by linking them to familiar shapes. 1
Lower-case Letters Little Partners teaches students to recognize and write lower-case letters of the alphabet by combining any of six component shapes. 1
Consonants What’s That Sound? teaches students to recognize the consonant sounds. 1
Recognizing Vowels Name Those Vowels helps students recognize and remember the vowels as an important subset of letters. 1
Short and Long Vowel Sounds Oh, Do You Know? helps students recognize and produce the sounds and symbols associated with both short vowels and long vowels. 1
Short Vowel Rhyming Words Spelling Families familiarizes students with sets of short vowel rhyming word families. 1
Consonant Digraphs Two Little Letters helps students learn the sounds of consonant digraphs th, ch, sh, kn, gn, and ph in beginning, medial, or final positions 1
Two Vowels Together Talking and Walking teaches students the spelling rule for two vowels together within a word. 1
Long Vowel - Silent E Silent E teaches students the spelling rule for long vowel - silent e words 1
Outlaw Word Families Outlaws helps students become familiar with groups of words with irregular spelling patterns 1
R-controlled Vowels Bossy R teaches students to recognize words with r-controlled vowels. 2
Diphthongs The Right Diphthong gives students practice in spelling words with diphthong vowel patterns. 2
Contractions Contraction Action helps students remember how to form different types of contractions. 2
Plurals More Than One familiarizes students with words that require e-s endings for plural nouns and action words. 2
Possessives Belongings helps students understand where to place the apostrophe in singular and plural possessive nouns. 3
Irregular Spellings c-h Words There Is No K in Christmas familiarizes students with irregular spellings in which the letters c-h sound like the letter k. 3
Homophones Same But Different gives students practice in spelling homophones. 3
Suffix t-i-o-n and variants Extension Tension familiarizes students with the different ways that the suffix -tion can be spelled, including -sion, -ssion, and -cian. 3
* Volume R indicates readiness volume entitled, Ready to Read!