Teachers who have embarked on a journey into the science of reading are making exciting, positive changes within their classrooms! As a fellow lifelong learner, I applaud your bravery and courage to continue to seek out resources and instructional strategies that will best meet the needs of the readers within your classroom. Moving away from instructional strategies and materials that utilize the three-cueing systems is a vital step teachers need to take in order to put the science of reading research into practice.
As a first-grade teacher, I have a great deal of students who come to me with a habit of relying heavily on pictures to decode unknown words. While pictures are certainly important in books, I found myself covering them up so that students would stop guessing unknown words! When it comes to learning how to read, we want students to focus on connecting their understanding of sounds to the written letters on the page in order to decipher unknown words.
With this need in mind, the decode and draw series was born! These simple, short printable books help students concentrate on the words first. After they practice reading the text, they can illustrate each page within the book. The final page of each book contains word work practice. The result is an interactive decodable book that boosts word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and word mapping skills. I hope you and your students enjoy these books just as much as mine have!
Each of the ten decodable books contains five pages of controlled text. Two books for every short vowel are included in this first CVC Set. You will find a complete list of the titles, phonics focus, and the high-frequency words that are found within each book in the preview file.
The final page (which is on the back of each book) contains a word work component. Students will say each picture and touch the sound boxes to tap out the sounds in the words. Students will then spell and write the words on the lines.
The word mapping page follows the targeted phonics skill that the book featured. The word work page helps students make the connection between reading the words and writing the words with the targeted phonics skill.
Use these decodables with any student who is ready to begin blending and reading CVC words. These books are perfect for the second half of kindergarten, first graders who are reading CVC words, and any student who is still working on automaticity and accuracy of CVC words within the classroom or home setting.
The preview page will give you a big list of ideas, but the possibilities are endless! These books can be used at the small group table, as a whole-group phonics activity while reading each page together, or as independent work. Personally, it is the independent practice that I struggle with this year in my classroom. Finding independent work that is meaningful can be challenging. These books are PERFECT for this! After your students have started practicing CVC words with you explicitly, they can apply their reading skills by reading and illustrating one page at a time. Being able to check their picture on each page provides you with comprehension accountability and the perfect way to jump into a discussion with students.
(Raises hand) Fellow teacher, here! I get it. One of the reasons I don't use the printable decodable books on some other commercial websites is because I cannot figure them out ha! I've made these books super simple to put together, and they are all printer-friendly. They don't even use a lot of ink because your students are the ones who will become the illustrators of these books! Talk about ownership and meaningful reading!
Yes! I will be adding more books to this series throughout the remainder of this year and throughout the summer of 2022. At this time, a growing bundle will not be offered. The additional sets will be available to purchase as they become available in my store. The next set of books to be published will be DIGRAPHS (wh, ch, sh, th, and ck). You can stay updated on additions to my shop by following me on Instagram at @missdecarbo or by subscribing to the email list on my website, www.missdecarbo.com
I hope you love this new reading resource as much as I do!
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