Teaching phonics is one of my absolute favorite subjects, but it does not have to be boring! My active second grade class needed to move and I decided to have an phonics movement lesson using a beach ball and the g-rule. Teaching the g-rule is vital to helping students be successful readers and stop guessing at every word that begins with the letter g. Traditionally the g-rule has been taught through memorization and rote and that may work for some students, but not for my active class. After introducing the script and practicing with sorting cards on a wall chart we started practicing with the beach ball. I used a dry erase marker to write words on the sections of the ball. Students stood in a circle and called out the name of the person they were throwing the ball to and the person who caught the ball read the word on the section that was facing the top. If they could not tell which word because a line was facing up, I told them the color of the section without saying the word. This was incredible practice for them and for my struggling readers or for my ENL learners, they were able to hear the word over and over while also seeing them written. My students ask to play this over and over for many days! I am going to incorporate more beachball activities! Stay tuned for more!
If you use this activity in your classroom, please leave a comment below and let me know how it worked!