Elkonin Boxes

By Reading Rockets Last updated 2024/05/27
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Elkonin boxes build phonemic awareness skills by segmenting words into individual sounds, or phonemes. To use Elkonin boxes, a child listens to a word and moves a token into a box for each sound or phoneme. In some cases different colored tokens may be used for consonants and vowels or just for each phoneme in the word.

Curriculum Connection

B2. Language Foundations for Reading and Writing
This article supports the teaching and learning of segmenting, an important phonemic awareness skill.
Grade(s): K 1
Topic(s): Phonemic Awareness


  1. Elkonin boxes are great for supporting phonemic awareness, and also for phonics development. What I also appreciate is that I they are supported by a wide range of research as well – including Clay, in addition to the scientific research.

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