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The Code-Ed Sound Hunts are large-format cards that teach students to recognise, read, and write every sound of English.

Detailed illustrations and quick, engaging activities developed by Joy Allcock support vocabulary and oral language, phonological and phonemic awareness, knowledge of the alphabetic code, and word recognition and decoding skills, which together build a strong foundation for learning to read and write.

The Sound Hunts are included in Grade K of The Code Is the Key.

Guide Card

The first card in the set is a helpful guide for using the Sound Hunts.

  • The front of the card features a guide to the other 39 cards in the set, which focus on all 45 sounds of English.
  • The back of the card explains how to use the activities and provides an overview of Joy Allcock’s speech-to-sounds-to-print approach, which allows students to very quickly learn the alphabetic code of English.

Sound Hunt Cards

The set includes 39 A3-size Sound Hunt Cards with a detailed illustration on the front that gives students the opportunity to search for the sounds of English in different positions in words, such as the /k/ sound in kiwi, bucket, and duck. A sentence to read and integrated activities on the back of each card build a variety of foundational literacy skills, including:

  • Oral language and vocabulary
  • Isolating and pronouncing phonemes
  • Blending phonemes
  • Learning phoneme-grapheme relationships
  • Decoding
  • Recognising high-frequency words
  • Print knowledge

A few sounds that occur less frequently are combined into a single card, but students always work with one sound at a time.

Digital and Printable Versions

Digital and printable versions of the Sound Hunts are included with the complete set for interactive and flexible use.

  • The digital versions allow the illustrations and sentences to be projected for the whole class.
  • The printable versions give students the chance to hunt for images containing the focus sound on their own and to practise reading using the phoneme-grapheme relationships and high-frequency words they have learned.

Students will love hunting for sounds as they build vocabulary, background knowledge, phonemic awareness, and decoding skills.