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Story by Story Phonics Lessons: A Map

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


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Computer(s), Speaker or headsets

Activity Description

Use these stories with beginning-level students to give them reading and phonics practice with audio support, as well as pronunciation, listening, spelling, and typing practice. Each story focuses on a specific sound, and there is also a print version of the story with a sentence writing cloze exercise.


  1. Make sure that the Web site is not blocked at your school before using it with students.
  2. Select a story that suits your teaching objectives.
  3. Optionally download, print, and photocopy the print version of the story for students to do desk work after they use the site individually in a computer lab setting. (Or you can play the audio and video for the entire class as part of a class activity)
  4. Be sure you have speakers connected to your computer and set the computer volume at an adequate level.
  5. Go through a story and its exercise yourself in order to anticipate students’ questions and difficulties in using the site.


  1. Open the Web site.
  2. Select a story to see and listen to a slideshow with sentences that are read aloud and images to contextualize the story. The story is read once with the images and again without (only in paragraph form).
  3. At the end of the story, select from the options to listen and read the story again or practice typing the words from the story.
  4. When "Practice typing words from the story" is selected, the exercise will display a word to type, with audio that tells the directions and says the word. Type the words spoken and displayed in the box.
  5. Select "check your answer." Audio tells the user if the word is typed correctly or incorrectly.
  6. Select "“Next question" to type the next word from the story.
  7. Select "Go back to the phonics page" to select another story or do the cloze exercise on the print version of the story.
  8. A good follow-up for beginning literacy students is the following: after students have practiced listening to a story and doing the typing exercises online is to provide the print version of the story. Have students complete the cloze activity, have them copy the story. Then have students read the stories aloud in pairs. Circulate and provide feedback on pronunciation.

Teacher Tips

  • There are standard and supplementary lesson plans for download. Story titles include:
    • A Map (typing a words, short a phonics)
    • The Hot Rod (typing o words, short o phonics)
    • The Clinic (typing i words, short I phonics)
    • Cub Foods (typing u words, short u phonics)
    • Back to School (typing e words, short e phonics)
    • The Lake (typing ck words, consonant ending ck)
    • A Vacation (typing sh words, digraph sh)
    • The Cowboy (typing ch words, digraph ch)
    • School and Homework (typing th words, unvoiced digraph th)
    • A New Apartment (typing th words, voiced digraph th)
    • Baseball (typing tch words, trigraph tch)
    • Too Fast (typing dge words, trigraph dge)

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Links to other activities appropriate for beginning levels students provided on the site include:

  • a Reading Skills Test for Pre-Literate Students (for testing students who have very limited English literacy skills, and cannot read and write in their own language. It was created to show which literacy skills and knowledge pre-literate ESL students have)
  • Alphabet and Number Flash Card Exercises (exercises take the student through learning the alphabet in a variety of fonts and the numbers from 1 to 100)
  • Word and Number Bingo Exercises (these sets of Bingo cards reinforce the student's knowledge of the letters of the alphabet, cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers, times and prices)
  • Calendar Exercises (exercises teach students the days of week, months of the years and how to read a calendar and eventually how to create a calendar from words and number flash cards)
  • Phonics Exercises (these exercises provide a way to teach students the sounds of the letters and basic sound rules such as short and long vowels).



  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High


Basic Communication

  • (7.4) Demonstrate study skills
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.