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Category: Word Work

Three Ways to Practice Counting Syllables

Recognizing where syllables are in a word is so critical for helping students (of all ages) decode and increase fluency. Being able to find each vowel sound, which in turn determines each syllable, is incredibly helpful. It leads to a student understanding how to break a word into smaller chunks. I believe it’s so important

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5 Ways to Practice Sight Words

Recognizing Sight Words When students are learning to read, they are putting together many different aspects of reading. One thing, their brain is focusing on, is recognizing words quickly. When students recognize sight words, they are reading those without sounding them out. Their brain knows the words right away, by sight.  In a remote setting,

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Letter Recognition Activities

Helping Early Readers with Letter Recognition Early readers need a lot of practice with letter identification. Some move on quickly, while others need repeated practice frequently before they can master letter names or sounds. If you’re looking for some new ideas to add into your rotation, read on! 5 Ideas to Work on Letters Letter

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Foundational Skills for Early Readers

Working with Early Readers A few weeks ago I received a question about how to work with early readers who weren’t quite ready for the workshop model yet. I figured you’d likely want to know my response to this as well. Here are a few ideas you can use with your readers who are moving

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Guided Reading in the Spring

Preparing for Benchmark Testing By the spring, typically you’re feeling pretty good about your Guided Reading groups. They are usually running smoothly, following a good flow. Even with that being the case, you still want to ensure that your readers are progressing at a good pace.  Using Running Records Most likely you have benchmark testing

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Rhyming Activities

A Focus on Rhymes In my previous blog post, I focused on phonemic awareness and its importance. With that, I mentioned the implications of problems with rhyming. When students have a tough time identifying the matching sounds of rhyming pairs, this can be an early indication of trouble with learning to read.  When students don’t hear

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10 Activities for CVC Words

Why CVC Word Work is Important When students are learning to read, it’s important that they build up their skills. Focusing on something like CVC words, gives readers a chance to apply their knowledge of individual letter sounds. As they gain confidence reading CVC words out of context, they can then focus on reading CVC

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Word Work: Silent e Ideas

Help Readers SEE Silent e Often when students are reading words in or out of context, they are just trying to finish. When doing so, they are rushing over important clues words are providing. Silent e is one part of a word that readers may not pay attention to. When not noticing silent e before

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Halloween Freebies

Literacy Resources for October In order to keep readers engaged month after month, it’s important to switch out materials being used. In this post, you’ll find some freebies to help readers share their excitement for Halloween. At the same time, readers will be learning. Yay! Beginning Sounds Literacy Center Early readers need a lot of

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Letters and Sight Words Activities

Letter Name Recognition Some readers have a tough time identifying letter names. Others have a tough time remembering specific letters. The more readers practice stating the name of letters, the better they become. It’s important to offer frequent opportunities to practice naming letters. If students don’t master the names of letters, they will have a

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