Using Small-Group Techniques in Whole-Group Phonics Instruction

Updated: Jan 27, 2020


One of my goals for this site is to highlight very specific strategies and resources for multi-sensory phonics instruction. This is a particular obsession topic of professional interest for me. As you may, or may not know, I spent the five years exclusively providing multi-sensory phonics instruction to students with dyslexic tendencies. Since then, I have carried my passion for this type of instruction back into a traditional classroom setting. 


For many teachers I talk with, there's a huge challenge in balancing phonics instruction between whole-group and small-group settings. Typically, it seems that most phonics activities are more suitable for small-group sessions. But how can you make whole-group phonics instruction effective as well? That's what I want to share in today's post.


I love using elkonin boxes in my classroom. They are ideal for supporting explicit phonics instruction, which I shared in my previous posts for both small-group instruction of one-syllable words as well as multisyllabic words. However, I regularly use elkonin boxes during my whole-group instruction as was well!


I use a projected image to model the steps for my students, while each student has his/her own set of elkonin box pages inside folders, along with foam squares for mapping sounds and dry erase markers. 


The folders are really simple, but they work perfectly for us!

As you can see in the picture below, each student works in his/her own space...