Instructional Resources for Primary StudentsELKONIN BOXESElkonin boxes are a great tool during small group or individual instruction to help students develop phonological awareness skills. The boxes represent the the number of sounds (phonemes) in a word (which is sometimes different from the number of letters.) Initially, students can use counters or colored tiles to represent the sounds. This forces students to focus on the sounds instead of thinking of letters. Often, instruction follows a "Say it, Move it" format. Students say the word broken into each sound (phoneme.) Students then move on counter or tile into each box to represent each phoneme.Older students that have mastered hearing the individual sounds (phonemes) in words can then move onto the concept of writing the letters in boxes that represent each phoneme.
Last Modified on February 14, 2013