#TPTTuesday: Initial /f/ – Words Broken Down & Put Back Together

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Welcome back for another TPT Tuesday! This week we’re featuring our product:

Initial f: Words Broken Down & Put Back Together

What is it?

This is another activity that was designed to make drill-based articulation practice more fun and engaging. We all know students learn best when they’re entertained, but it can be hard to find the time to personalize materials for your students.

Instead of spending your free time personalizing and creating new materials, head over to our TPT and check out our no-prep articulation activities that are sure to engage your students, just like this one! Specifically, “Initial f: Words Broken Down & Put Back Together” is a no-print, no-prep, articulation resource that is perfect for distance learning and in-person therapy. It contains 10 initial /f/ words, each facilitated by an initial /h/ minimal pairs word for only 4 bucks!

Who is it for?

Readers and non-readers will love the colorful illustrations and animations, as they practice their speech sound.

Many students have difficulty producing their target sounds at the word level because they just can’t help producing their error sound. For example, for “phone” they’ll imitate “fff ___ one” with a pause; but when they attempt to put the sounds together, it’s “ffpone”. A great way to overcome this obstacle is to insert an /h/ sound between the /f/ and the vowel.

How to use it?

With this resource, you’ll begin by modeling the target sound /f/, followed by the initial /h/ minimal pairs word to the initial /f/ target word. Then model them together to show how when they’re produced without pausing, the initial /f/ word can be produced correctly.

Here’s an example with the target word “fair”, using the word “hair” to facilitate:

  1. /f/ __ /heɚ/
  2. /fheɚ/
  3. /feɚ/

The second page for each word allows for 3 repetitions of the target word. As this is practiced, students inevitably drop the /h/ sound, thus producing the initial /f/ word without their error sound. Once they get the idea, students can either continue to imitate or read each slide on their own.

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