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Showing posts with label interventions. Show all posts

Teaching Two Syllable Words

I love teaching two syllable words! It's always exciting when I get to that point in the year where they are ready to take that next step with reading and spelling. At the same time, it can also be a challenge for our struggling readers. I want to start this post by talking about some common errors I see when my students are starting to read and spell two-syllable words. Then if you are interested in reading (a lot) more, come on over to my blog to get more details and resources. 

Teaching Ideas for the WHOLE Class
Here are some ideas for how to teach this to your whole class. (The activities after this will show mainly how to teach and reinforce small group or one-on-one.)

First model several times, then start calling up kids to the board to help. To keep the rest of the class involved, use hand and body motions. As your helper is splitting the word, ask the class, "Do you think the first syllable should be open and closed?" Have them use these motions SILENTLY to answer. After it has been split, ask what vowel sounds the first syllable is. Have them silently use motions (short vowel is just a swoop of the finger showing the short vowel symbol which sort of looks like a U.)

This next activity is always a fun one. To get the rest of the  class involved, they could be writing the word and splitting it using their own white board or in a notebook.

I hope these tips help and get you started with teaching two-syllable words. :) 

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Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Intervention Activities

Hi Friends,

Nicole, from Mrs. Rios Teaches, here!  I am teaching a 1st and 2nd grade combo class this year, and had 5 of my first graders come in considerably behind in reading readiness.  I immediately set aside a 20 minute block of time to work with these students, and I am so happy to say that all of them have made wonderful progress!

Here is how I structured this powerful learning time.

Learning objectives keep the kids and me accountable for our time together.

I schedule this 20 minute block of time for first thing in the morning.  We say the Pledge of Allegiance, and then it's work time!  The rest of the class does Read to Self at this time.  We meet everyday, except Wednesdays, because we have our PE teacher that day.

I keep notes on all of our meetings for RTI purposes, and to keep track of student needs and progress.  I also keep track of students who miss our group due to absences or tardies.

I just got a new 2nd grade student on Monday, who has had to join our group.  So,  I have had to color code my notes because I am essentially running two groups within one now.  EEK!

Download the form above, and a Comprehension Strategies monitoring form, for FREE below!

Here is our daily routine!

What is that? I bet you are asking yourself.

We use these little treasures to practice segmenting and blending words containing our focus pattern.  I made these by cutting legal-size envelopes down to 6 1/4 inches long.  I put a little tape on the back to keep the envelope closed.  Then, I cut sentence strips to about 6 1/2 inches long so they stick out a bit, and oila!

This is a great opening activity for us because it is independent.  So, if kids come in late, it doesn't hold back the rest of the group.  Also, students can be working on different words.  Right now, I have my 5 first grade students working on -dge, and my new student working on short a words.  But, everyone is doing the same activity, which makes it easy for me!

Now before you run out and start cutting envelopes and sentence strips,  I am going to be honest and tell you that prepping these is a bit of a pain in the neck.  I have been using mine for several years now, and have most of my sets made.  Come to find out that my bloggy friend, and new Primary Chalkboard contributor, Karen Jones from Mrs. Jones' Kindergarten, has an adorable set of these available in her TPT store!  One of the things I love about her set, is the little picture at the end of each card so that kids can self check.  Brilliant!  Next time one of my sets looks like it's been through the ringer, I'm buying these! Click on the image below to find out more.

Next, my students use whisper phones to read decodable books containing our phonics focus.  These books are from Reading A-Z.  LOVE!

Next, my students practice spelling words with our pattern focus, and writing simple sentences.  We use these fantastic Interactive Phonics Booklets from Laura Martin's TPT store. Click on image below to find out more.

I love these booklets because they are so versatile.  I can have kids cut and paste with the provided letter sheets. I can have students just write in their letters, or I can use letter tiles!  I like to mix it up!

As for the sentences we write, I keep them focused on our mastered and current spelling patterns, and try to incorporate some High Frequency Writing words from this list.  Click on the pic above to download!

I also have some alternative activities.  For example, my new student will be working with my Phonemic Awareness Task Cards on Thursday.  We will start by just having the him place his finger in each box as he segments each phoneme.  When he is successful with that, we will place letter tiles in the boxes to solidify the letter-sound connection.

You can find these cards in my store.  Click on the pic below to learn more.

This is our 4th and final activity! The lists I use are the ones from our district.  I listen to all of the students read their lists everyday.  Each time a student reads a word correctly, they are able to star their paper!  My 1st grade kids started with the Kindergarten list at the beginning of the year.  This little one above has mastered almost all of the first grade list now! 

Well, that is how I do it!  Still looking for more ideas?  Check out this great assessment for early readers, by Read Like a Rock Star.

And here is a great Freebie for CVC words, from Victoria Moore!

I would love to hear how you structure your intervention or small group time. Please share by leaving a comment below.

See you next time.