Phonics

The Magic of Decodable Texts
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The Magic of Decodable Texts

  Decodable Texts are a Powerful Tool What’s the big deal about decodable texts?   Approximately 20% of the population is prone to a language based learning disability.  For these learners, reading does not come ‘naturally’.  To meet with reading success, repeated opportunities to practice code are non-negotiable.  Systematic, sequential, and cumulative practice with the alphabetic…

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Sight Words vs. Decodable Words

Helping Emergent Readers Understand the Difference   How can I help my students learn the difference between decodable words and trick words? ***Updated 2021 to adhere to current research related to the Science of Reading*** After learning the letter names and sounds in isolation, beginning readers are often taught to decode closed syllable words (i.e….

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Supporting Emergent Readers Through Successive Blending  

Helping Students Make the Sound-to-Print Connection What is successive blending? Successive Blending is an instructional technique that provides a scaffold for students who are unable to sequence more than two sounds. For example, a student who would benefit from this technique might read the word “tag” as “tap”, “ag”, or “got”, among other possibilities.  This…

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Making a Case for Word Study Instruction

Systematic, Sequential, Cumulative, Explicit Every year, we inevitably encounter students with a similar reading profile. These are the students who score within the independent range for comprehension. However, oral reading fluency scores tend to indicate a need for support. Closer examination of fluency will likely reveal decreased accuracy with minimal self-corrections. Rate, however, may falsely…