Phonics – all and aw


This engaging worksheet uses the drilling technique back-chaining to help your first and second graders improve their phonics skills.


Hello and thank you for your interest in the Phonics – all and aw activity. This is a simple, one-page worksheet for beginning English language learners in the first or second grade. It is a variation on back-chaining, the only difference being it doesn’t move strictly from the back to the front.

The WIDA expectations do not mention phonics. However, this activity intersects with the following Common Core standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

A note on the standards:

Standard RF.1.2 deals with phonological awareness while RF.1.3 deals with phonics. When the students attempt to read and underline all and aw in the text, they are practicing phonics. Some students at this level, however, may have difficulty reading and will need the teacher to scaffold the activity by saying the words. Also, at the end of the activity, the teacher may want to perform an echo reading of the entire text. During this some students will rely entirely on listening to produce the language. In these cases, students will be practicing phonological awareness.

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A note on refunds:

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