Laminate or put into sheet protectors, and these are great to use with dry erase markers for the word & dictation work portion of your lessons for guided reading levels D & E. Concepts include consonants, short vowels, digraphs (sh, th, ch), beginning blends, sound boxes, analogy charts, and sentence dictation.
Incuded are 2 sizes of mats, 8.5 x 11” and 11” x 17” (I personally like the 11x17” better, but had to go to Staples to have them printed, which can add up.)
One side has key words & visuals for the alphabet & digraphs sh, ch, & th
The other side has key words & visuals for beginning blends: bl; br; cl; cr; dr; fl; fr; gl; gr; pl; pr; sc; sk; sl; sm; sn; sp; st; sw; tr; scr; spl; spr; str and digraphs ch; sh; th; wh
Sets of 3, 4, and 5 sound boxes guide students in their word making—instruct them to use 1 box for each sound (e.g. digraphs will go in one box, but letters that make their own sound will each go into their own box)
The 11x17” size includes analogy boxes and lines for sentence dictation
Students love to use these. I tell them to listen and determine which set of boxes they will use before they begin writing. I then have them make changes to the word written (e.g. after writing slid instructing them to change it to slip > slab > crab > crib, etc.) I find the key words/visuals provide support as they are determining correct spelling, and the boxes and lines provide the structure that plain white boards don’t.
A Bundled Set of my Guided Reading Mats Levels AA-I can be found here:
Guided Reading Mat Bundle ~ Levels AA-I
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