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Decodable Non-Fiction Set 8, Variant Vowels and Silent Consonants, Books 43-49

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1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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115 pages
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  1. This bundle contains five sets of decodable non-fiction texts for emerging readers and English Learners (a total of 34 individual stories). All texts contain photos mostly taken by my husband or myself, along with high-frequency sight words and story words that are systematically introduced with a c
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This is a sequential series of seven printable non-fiction phonics books to provide decoding practice to emerging readers (Grade 2 and advanced Grade 1), specifically with words that contain variant spellings of vowel sounds (e.g., rainy, dry, gym, head, great, range, gold, mind) and silent consonants (e.g., lamb, science, gnaw, hour, knife, calf, autumn, listen, write). While there are other decodable texts available for emerging readers, this series is unique in combining systematic phonics/decodable text with non-fiction topics and photographs.

This group follows the first seven sets which focus on short vowels (Books 1-6), consonant blends (Books 7-11), long vowels with magic/silent e (Books 12-15), consonant digraphs (Books 16-21), regular vowel digraphs/teams (Books 22-28), special vowel teams and diphthongs (Books 29-35), and R-controlled Vowels and hard/soft C and G (Books 36-42).

Five of the titles in this current group each focus on 1-3 vowel sounds, and the less common ways in which these sounds are spelled.
*Y functions as a vowel, making three different sounds: long e (rainy), long i (fly), short i (gym)
*“ea” as a short e sound (e.g., head, breakfast, breath)
*Unusual spellings of the long a sound (e.g., great, eight, rein, straight, prey, waste, change, bathe)
*Unusual spellings of the long o and long i sounds (e.g., cold, most, bolt, toll, folk, wild, mind)

One title deals with the most common silent consonants:
*b – lamb, climb
*c – science, scene, muscles
*g – gnu, gnaw
*h – rhino, hour
*k – knife, kneel, know
*l – calf, salmon
*n – autumn
*p – ptarmigan
*t – listen, castle
*w – write, wrong

The last title (“Islands”) is a review. Each book can be printed in a single-sided version or two-sided version (instructions are included with each text).Each book in the entire series builds on previous skills, so books should be taught and read in order.

Because these books contain actual photos, rather than drawings, they can be suitable both for elementary students and for teens and adults learning to read in English.

Most state standards include a focus on reading informational text, even in first and second grade, but finding materials that are suitable for emerging readers can be challenging. These decodable non-fiction texts are designed to fill this gap. If this set is too difficult, try starting with one of the earlier sets and building from there.

In addition to the decodable words in these 7 books that contain variant vowels, silent consonants, R-controlled vowels (CVrC), hard and soft c and g, special vowels (CVVC), long vowels (CVCe, CVVC), open vowels (CV), consonant blends/digraphs (CVCC and CCVC), and short vowels (CVC), here are the sight words and story words for each book.

High-Frequency Irregular Sight Words (red words)

43. above, Mr.

44. been, sure, whole

45. direction, hours

46. word, writer

47. against, questions, really, world
48. clothes, enough, money, office, solve, wash
49. Australia, probably

Story Words (less common sight words—blue words)
43. bridge, Hawaii, maple, ridge, shoes, tidal, tundra, Utah, Washington
44. breakfast, carrots, cereal, muscle, omelet, sugar
45. single
46. bison, buffalo, folk, gentle, Kansas
47. beard, Christmas, handle, information, Napoleon, parrotfish, wildebeest, zebras
48. California, chance, wagon
49. barrier, Catalina, Equator, ferry, heron, prince, sailors, temperature, wolves

Sight words from the previous sets can be found here: 

Sight words for Short Vowel Books 1-6

Sight words for Consonant Blend Books 7-11

Sight words for Long Vowel (Magic E) Books 12-15

Sight words for Consonant Digraph Books 16-21  

Sight words for Open Vowels and Vowel Teams Books 22-28

Sight words for Special Vowel Teams and Diphthongs Books 29-35

Sight words for R-Controlled Vowels, Hard and Soft C and G Books 36-42

Additional titles, focusing on a full range of phonics skills, will be available in coming months.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
Decode multisyllable words.
Decode words with common Latin suffixes.


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