Are you looking for the best Science of Reading sound wall with mouth pictures and real photos for your classroom? This is it! A sound wall is a helpful tool to connect phonemes, or sounds, to their spellings. This classroom sound wall includes diverse student mouth pictures and real photos to help students connect those sounds to the sounds they hear in words.
Personal and portable sound wall options are offered including file folder sound walls and digital sound walls. Please see the preview to view these options.
WAIT! If you own my Science of Reading Guided Curriculum, this sound wall is included as a bundle bonus!
What is included in the Science of Reading Sound Wall?
- Consonant sound wall
- Vowel valley sound wall
- Diverse mouth pictures
- Phoneme cards
- Key image cards
- Spelling cards with real photos
- Lock cards
- Personal file folder sound wall
- Digital sound wall
- Directions for getting started and setting up your sound wall
Is this Science of Reading Sound Wall included in any other resource or bundle? Yes! It is included as a bundle bonus in my Science of Reading Guided Curriculum.
Can I add high frequency words or heart words to this sound wall? You can, but you will want to consider whether it is too visually overwhelming for your students. If it is, you may want to relate the words to the sound wall when you introduce them, but display them in another area. Otherwise, you will place them under the tricky sound on your sound wall.
You can also add your heart words to the personal file folder sound walls. These are editable in Adobe reader.
Do I begin the year with it all displayed? This will vary by grade level, but generally no. You will want to begin with the mouth photos, the phoneme cards, and possibly the key images. The phoneme cards should be covered with the lock image or a sticky note.
Uncover the phoneme card when you introduce the sound. A routine for introducing a sound on the sound wall may look like:
“Today we are learning the sound __.
When we say __, our mouths look like this. Try it.
__ is like [key image].
We can spell __ with the letter [letter].”
How do I use the included spelling cards with real pictures? Once you introduce a sound, you can also introduce how to spell that sound. You can place the spelling card under the key image. Only include spellings that you have introduced.
What size are these boards? Both the consonant sound wall and the vowel valley sound wall measure about 5′ x 5′. If you want to display these on a small board you can print them at a smaller scale.
What if I am low on space? You can print the sound wall at a smaller size and/or glue it on a trifold poster board so that it can be moved. Personal and portable sound walls are also included as an option. You can use the file folder sound walls or the digital sound walls to save space.
Why is there not a phoneme card for every letter? The phonemes = sounds. Graphemes are how we spell those sounds. So the phoneme /k/ can be spelled multiple ways, including with the letters K and C. As you teach those spellings, you will add the spelling cards underneath the phoneme card.
Is this sound wall aligned with the Science of Reading? Yes, this sound wall is science of reading aligned and matches with best practices from SOR.