Cam and Sam Part 1
by Khidar Abdullah
| 24 Mar 2017
This is part of an emerging series called Phonics-toons, that are based on synthetic phonics. Cam and Sam Part 1 is a short vowel'a' story that includes digraphs and sight words. It is animated cartoon employing text, audio and visuals. It is enriched by a printable pdf reader that can be placed in reading corners. It is geared towards the digital generation.
Audience Language Proficiency:
Materials and Technology:
A computer with a monitor/lcd projector and speakers to play the Phonics toon (https://youtu.be/-WODekqGt9M). A printer is required to print the PDF version reader. In addition, it can be accessible to students via gdrive or virtual learning environment (vle).
The objective is to practice short vowel 'a' with digraphs and sight words. The cartoon medium is a 21st Century approach to engage young learners. The audio file enables the students to correct their blending skills.
The outcome is a fun and engaging activity to promote literacy amongst ELLs. The toon and printable readers are short enough to give students a sense of accomplishment. It is best used with repetition.
Teacher plays the Phonics-toon 2-3 times in an all class activity. Teacher than projects the pdf reader version and the entire glass reads it together twice to practice fluency. Teacher than places a few printed copies of the PDF reader so the students can practice at a later time.
This is the link to the Phonics-toon posted on YouTube.