Case of the Mystery Word

Case of the Mystery Word
Case of the Mystery Word
Case of the Mystery Word
Case of the Mystery Word
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Case of the Mystery Word Set 1 has 39 phonics word study lessons based on research from the National Reading Panel. The lessons are sequential if taught using suggested sequence listed below. The lessons can be used for personalized learning, with any word study program, GUIDED READING, or for interventions for RTI. The phonics skill is listed at the top of each page. Each skill has its own file for easier access.

Each lesson "case" begins with a riddle and a clue word. Use the clues to change the first word into different words. The mystery is solved when the last word is revealed that solved the riddle. Students then use the mystery word in a sentence. This is similar to word ladders, but without pictures. When students take DIBELS or AIMSWEB oral reading assessments, they do not have any pictures to support their reading. This scaffolded activity allows students to build and read words for meaning without picture support. The answer key has the letters that are changed in red and letters that are the same in black.

Ideas for implementation:
Introduce phonics skill. Tell students the clues orally and have them follow the directions to make the new word. Teacher can model in pocket chart or on board, while students use whiteboards or magnetic letters. After they make the word, have students read it and discuss what it means. This incorporates vocabulary instruction into the lesson and is very helpful for ELL students and struggling readers with limited oral language.

The activity can then be placed at a literacy station or used for morning/homework the next day. The answer key can be left at station for students to be able to self-check their answers. This activity is also helpful for guest teachers. Activities can be differentiated and personalized to meet the needs of different reading groups without having to do extra planning. Below is suggested sequence of skills:
1 Short Vowel /a/
2 Short Vowel /a/
3 Short Vowel / i/
4 Short Vowel /o/
5 Digraph /k/ ck
6 Variant Vowel /o/ all
7 Short Vowel /e/
8 Short Vowel /-ll)
9 Digraph /th/
10 Short Vowel /u/
11 Diphthong /ng/
12 R-Controlled Vowel /or/ or, ore
13 Digraph /sh/
14 Digraphs /ch/ ch, tch
15 Long Vowel /o/ o
16 R-Controlled Vowel /ar/ar
17 Digraphs /kw/ qu, /hw/ wh
18 R-Controlled Vowels er, ir, ur
19 Syllable -le
20 Long Vowel /o/ oa, ow
21 Long Open Vowel /e/ e
22 Long Vowels /e/ ea, ee
23 Long Vowel /a/ a-e
24 Long Vowel /e/ y
25 Long Vowel /i/ i-e
26 Consanant /s/ c
27 Variant Vowels /ou/ ou, ow
28 Long Vowel /i/ y, ie
29 Long Vowel /o/ o-e
30 Long Vowel /i/ igh
31 Long Vowel /a/ ai, ay
32 Long Vowel /i/ i
33 Long Open Vowel /o/ o
34 Consonants /j/ g, dge
35 Long Vowel /oo/ u-e
36 Short Vowel /e/ ea
37 Vowel Digraph /oo/ oo
38 Diphthong /oi/ oi, oy
39 Variant Vowels /o/ aw, au, al

Special thanks to Thistlegirl Graphics.

Update: This product was updated May 2017. The letters that are being added or taken away in each word are now in bold with a different font to help students visually discriminate these letters from the rest of the directions. Many states now have their own standards, so Common Core Standards have been removed. Only the phonics skill is listed at the top.

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Case of the Mystery Word Set 2
Case of the Mystery Word (Short Vowel Word Family Edition)

Total Pages
78 pages
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Teaching Duration
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