and Wallach's Tongue Ticklers
ticklers like these to help children begin to identify phonemes in
spoken words. Tongue ticklers are alliterations featuring a
target phoneme at the beginnings
of most words, where the phoneme is easiest to identify. By paying
attention to how the phoneme "tickles" the tongue, beginners make the
phoneme more memorable. For suggestions on how to use tongue
in phoneme awareness instruction, click
Andrew and Alice
asked if Annie's active animals were
Bill and Betty baked brown bread for Barbara's baby.
Carol and Claire can cook carrots, corn, cabbage, and
David's daddy's dog didn't dig dirt in the dark.
Everybody saw Eddie and the Eskimo enter the elevator
on the elephant.
The funny furry fly flew far to the flowers.
Gary was glad to play games in grandmother's green
Harry had a horrible headache and hated to hear Henry
The important Indian was ill with injuries inside the
John got juice and jelly on his jacket when Judy jumped
Kenny wasn't kind in kindergarten when he kicked Kate
in the kitchen.
Lisa lost the large lemon for the lizard Lenny loved.
On Mondays Michael's mother Mary mostly mopped.
Nobody was nice to Nancy's neighbor Nick, but he was
Oliver had an operation in October, and Oscar gave him
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
"Be quiet," said the queen quickly, "or I'll quarrel
with your question!"
Ruth and Rachel ran after Richard's rabbit in the rain.
Sam said he was sorry he put salt in Sally's sandwich.
Tommy tricked Tim and took his train off the track.
Uncle was upset because he was unable to put his
Virginia visited Vicky and gave her violets and
When the weather is warm we will walk with William in
the wild woods.
The excited experts explained that the extra X-rays
Yesterday you yelled in the yard for a yellow yo-yo.
The zebra zoomed zig-zag in the zoo.
From Wallach, M. A., & Wallach, L. (1976). Teaching
children to read. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
to the Reading Genie:
Geri Murray's Tough
Tongue Ticklers for Long
Vowels and Other Vowels
Vowel phonemes can be
tough to identify because they are typically found in the middles of
words. Tongue ticklers make vowels easier to identify by placing
them at the beginnings of most of the words in an alliteration.
However, relatively few words begin with vowels, making vowel tongue
ticklers hard to write. Geri Murray contributed this original
Long vowel tongue ticklers:
Abe the ape ate Amy's
Eagles eat electric eels
Ike's ivy island is icy.
Opie owns an old oak
Ulysses usually uses
vowel tongue ticklers:
Our owl in the outfield is an
Austin is an awful
Oodles of oolong oozed
the oomiak. (An oomiak is a long Eskimo boat like a canoe.)
Orba ordered orange
for the orchestra.
Arnie and Arthur are
Ernie had an early urge
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