Teaching phonics and writing within the same lesson is a powerful way to reinforce student learning. When teaching the -ng and -nk ending as vowel units, students identify how the vowel sounds change (become nasalized) in words such as thank and wing. IMSE’s Scope and Sequence includes monosyllabic and multisyllabic words for each ending (ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, and unk).
IMSE recommends students write original limericks incorporating words with -ng and -nk endings. Students may use a teacher-provided word list or brainstorm other words containing these vowel units. Linking the phonetic concept with grammar and writing helps students generalize the new concept. Encouraging creativity also helps increase student motivation.