Every year, I find students who can sound out words in isolation without hesitation, but struggle to actually apply the skill while reading. I created these cards to help guide them in specifically practicing sounding out words within a sentence as a decoding skill.
This is a 31 page pack- one page makes 2 cards (62 cards total). Simply print on card stock, cut in half, and you're done! I use these during guided reading groups. I tell students that the dot is their cue to sound out the word (either making individual sounds or looking for chunks, depending on your phonics instruction).
First, they sound out just 2 or 3 target words with dot cues, next they read them in a sentence, with the dot cue to sound them out one more time. Sentences include other decodable or high frequency words or words that can be inferred from context. If a student struggles with one of the non-target words in the sentence, I usually read it to them right away. The final line is the sentence without dot cues. I encourage them to read that line without sounding anything out. I tell my students that if they've read a word once or twice in a book, they should try to remember it so they don't have to sound it out every time.
After practicing with a few of these, I then give the students a whole book to read, reminding them that their goal is to sound out words in the book just like they do on the cards. The explicit, isolated practice truly works wonders!
Phonics skills included: CVC, CVC with digraphs & consonant blends, ing, ight, VCe, several long vowel patterns (ay, ea, oa, ee, ai)