ERIC Number: EJ1168893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Hands-On Decoding: Guidelines for Using Manipulative Letters
Pullen, Paige Cullen; Lane, Holly B.
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v21 n1 p27-37 2016
Manipulative objects have long been an essential tool in the development of mathematics knowledge and skills. A growing body of evidence suggests using manipulative letters for decoding practice is an also an effective method for teaching reading, particularly in improving the phonological and decoding skills of students at risk for reading failure. The manipulation of the letters serves as a way to make the abstract concepts of blending and segmentation of sounds more concrete. Additionally, paraprofessionals and parent volunteers could readily implement this method with minimal training. In short, teacher-directed decoding practice using manipulative letters offers a promising practice for teaching decoding skills. We provide a brief overview of the research and the specifics on how to implement reading practice using manipulative letters.
Descriptors: Manipulative Materials, Learning Disabilities, Decoding (Reading), Reading Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness, Alphabets, Reading Instruction, Beginning Reading, Intervention, Teaching Methods, Primary Education, Response to Intervention
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