If your struggling readers are anything like mine, they need help with decoding fluency; decoding words quickly by breaking them into chunks rather than trying to read sound by sound. These chunking templates were created to help my students see the chunks in words and become more fluent decoders.
Since groups of students and skill levels change from year to year, I have provided two types of templates: larger templates and smaller flashcard templates so you can chose which works best for you and your students. The larger templates work great for whole-group or small-group practice and the smaller templates work great for individual students or independent practice during a literacy center.
These Long Vowel templates are grouped by the most common long vowel word families and are broken down into small chunks of sounds for struggling readers; those who have a hard time noticing the chunks on their own. The goal is that with repeated guided practice, students will start noticing and chunking words on their own, becoming fluent with this strategy. Once they become fluent, they can start grouping larger chunks of sounds together in multisyllabic word templates.
Included in this 500+ page set are long vowel:
-ate, -ake, -ane, -ave, -ale, -ape,-ame, -ade, -ail, -ain, -aid, -air,
-ete, -ese, -eve, -eme, -een, -ean, -eet, -eat, -eel, -eal, -eed, -ead, -eek, -eak, -eer, -ear, -eam, -eep, -eap, -ield
-ine, -ite, -ide, -ike, -ive, -ile, -igh, -ight, -ire
-one, -ose, -ole, -ove, -oke, -ope, -ote, -oat, -oan, -oal, -oad,-oam, -oar, -ore
-ube, -ule -ude, -une, -ute, -ume, -use, -ure
*Long Vowel and Open syllables
***If you have readers who can already chunk the words on their own, these templates may not be for them and they may be ready for the multisyllablic chunking templates.
*project the templates up on the Interactive Whiteboard to use whole-group
*print them out and laminate them to write on and reuse over and over in small-group
*make several sets and use them for a literacy center.
I like to laminate these so that my students and I can write on them. After we have practiced them several times, I cover up the already chunked word and let my students practice marking where they would chunk the word when reading it on their own so they can self-monitor their own progress.
for the other chunking templates.
*Variant/modified vowels and dipthongs