Bubble Gum Sound Mapping

When students are struggling to hear the individual sounds in words they’re trying to spell, they often need to build a skill called phonemic awareness. And sound mapping is a simple but powerful way to boost it!

Add in a fun gumball theme and some squishy playdough balls and it’s a literacy match made in heaven. Snag your free download below and then hop over and snag 26 more sound mapping sets in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Bubble Gum Sound Mapping Sheet

What Is Phonemic Awareness?

Phonemic awareness is one of those pre-reading skills we used to think wasn’t all that important for new readers but now, thanks to the science of reading, we know it’s absolutely critical.

It means HEARING the sounds in words. For instance, the word dog has three sounds: /d/ /o/ /g/ 

And so does the word rain: /r/ /ai/ /n/.

Notice that the word rain has THREE sounds but FOUR letters. When you’re practicing phonemic awareness, you’re only focusing on the sounds in words – NOT the spelling.

Helping students HEAR the sounds now will make it possible for them to SPELL the sounds later.

And That Leads Us to Sound Mapping…

This print-and-play activity gives kids practice lazering in on those individual sounds in words.

To play, they’ll grab a card, say the word, and then:

  1. TAP the sounds.
  2. SQUISH the sounds with playdough balls.
  3. GRAPH (write) the sounds.
  4. WRITE the sounds.
  5. READ the word.

Stretching apart the sounds before adding in spelling sets students up for major success.

Here’s the activity in action:

Sound mapping is a game changer!

Grab Your Set

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14 Comments

  1. Michele

    Free bubblegum sound mapping link please

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  2. Curious

    Thank you for offering a sample of the bubblegum sound mapping sheet. It’s really a cute idea! I hope that if I offer the children a piece of gum while doing this, the playdough will not go in their mouths!

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    • Kaylee

      Great idea! Maybe they can have a bit a bubble gum after they practice their sounds! Or a fun thing to use on National Bubble Gum Day! 🎉 Happy Popping!

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  3. Marybeth Lundy

    I would love the free link. Thank you!

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    • Kaylee

      Hi Marybeth! You’ll want to click on the blue download here link just above us! That should get you to the right spot!

      Reply
  4. Renee

    Thanks

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  5. Andrea

    Such a cute and meaningful activity!! I would love the link!

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  6. best class

    This is excellent for teaching reading, science, or phonemes. I utilized chips to split phonemes into little groups and had printed some roller coasters. I needed this in order to mix things up with the groups and keep them interested.

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    • Kaylee

      Awesome! We are always having to switch things up to keep students engaged aren’t we?! Thank you SO much for sharing!

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  7. click here

    The inclusion of this to my small group training was excellent. The youngsters enjoyed utilizing word-sounding manipulatives with various themes.

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    • Kaylee

      YAY! We are thrilled that this is helpful for you!

      Reply

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