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Supporting Phonemic Awareness Development in the Classroom

by Hallie Kay Yopp and Ruth Helen Yopp

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Supporting Phonemic Awareness Development in the Classroom

Grades K – 2
Type Journal
Published October 2000
Publisher International Literacy Association



Playful, appealing activities that focus attention on the sound and structure of language are useful for promoting phonemic awareness in young learners. The authors describe several such activities that spring from children's literature, music, or traditional games and can be easily incorporated into the early literacy curriculum.

Yopp, H., & Yopp, R. (2000, October). Supporting Phonemic Awareness Development in the Classroom. The Reading Teacher, 54(2), 130143. doi: 10.1598/RT.54.2.2


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