This is a perfect warm up for guided reading groups or as a Word Work option for your balanced literacy program. I designed this for my dyslexic students and students who just could not blend the individual sounds together to make words. They wanted to read so badly, but needed some extra visual and kinesthetic cues to help with their auditory deficits.
Each word is underlined with a small green dot at the beginning of the word. Letters are color coded- short vowels are red, long vowels with the silent e are blue, vowel patterns are orange, diagraphs are green and consonants are black. The students place their finger on the small green dot and slide their finger along the line as they blend the letters together to make the word. The more they practice, the smoother and more automatic the blending and decoding process becomes, which decreases their stress level and increases their confidence.
I also noticed that once the students were able to blend the sounds smoothly, they still had great difficulty transferring the skill to a new format, so I included decoding practice in a smaller font too. One day, we would work on the large words and the next day we would use the smaller words. This seemed to help make the transference of the decoding skills more fluid and smooth. In time, almost all of my students were decoding easily using any format.
Once the students were confident in their decoding skills, I typed up some words lists that were not color coded and could be cut apart to make flash cards to work on fluency and automaticity. I used these cards to play games with the students and also as a quick and easy informal assessment.
Included in this packet
-large word lists color coded with the green dot and the line underneath
-smaller word lists color coded without the line and the green dot.
- large words that can be cut apart and used as flash cards or as a quick informal assessment.