This product contains all the word work you need for students reading at a text level G (Fountas & Pinell). It is hard to determine what you need to teach but now it is all right here in one place! The focus of the word work on this level is on hearing and recording initial and final blends in one-syllable words, review of digraphs, applying the silent e rule with guidance and using analogies to problem-solve during writing with prompts like, “If you know the word like you can spell hike. It’s important that the kids are able to write and recognize these types of words as those are the ones they will most likely encounter in text level G.Making Words Lessons-There are eight making words lessons. The lessons are formatted on 3x5 size cards and can be printed and stored in a file box or hole punched and kept on a binder ring. Also, included in this product are letters for the lessons. There are two sheets of consonant letters (upper and lower case together) which I would copy on colored cardstock or copy paper, laminate, and cut. When printing make sure to set your options to print of both sides on the LONG EDGE. This way you will have the uppercase letters matched with the lowercase on the back. There is also a page of uppercase and lowercase vowels and digraphs. I would copy both the vowels and digraphs on separate colors as well. This set of letters would be for one student. I would make six sets and then store them in file boxes with alphabetical dividers and adding in dividers for digraphs. By doing this you will have all the letters you need for the lessons here or any other Making Words lessons. Personally, I made a set for every child in my class as I would do Making Words with not only a small group by the whole group as well. Also included are 6 making word activities that can be done in partners or for homework. Kids make words from a given set of letters without guidance. Each has a secret word that uses all the letters. Kids love this challenge.
Magic E-At this text level, kids will encounter words with a silent e. I have developed silent e activities where kids use pictures and sound boxes to create words with a silent e. There are also two games that kids can use as follow-up and two assessments for you to gain further data. Answer keys provided. There are also word hunts for kids to find words with a silent e in their own texts.
Sound Boxes-There are ten lessons for concentrating on initial/final blends with a review of digraphs. These sound box lessons are accompanied with a visual that benefits every learner, especially ELLs. I have created two sets; color and in black and white. The color set can be laminated in but into a binder and placed at a literacy center or used as a model with your group. The black-lined copies are for the kids to listen and write a letter for each sound. There are also 3 assessments for you to use in an effort to gain additional data.
Lastly, there are analogy charts included in this product. Students use analogy charts to sort words by their short and long vowel sounds. There are three levels of this product:• Level 1 is the easiest because the rime is constant• Level 2 is a little more difficult because the rime changes but the vowel sound is constant• Level 3 is most challenging because of the rime and the vowel sound change. Students sort words by their long and short vowel soundWithin each level, there are three activities. You can reproduce the t-charts and dictate the corresponding words and then the students write the word under the correct header OR you can give each student the word cards and they can read and sort the words and glue them under the correct header. Another option would be to dictate the words, have the students write them and then give the word cards to them to glue down as independent work.The last option could be to laminate the charts and charts and keep them at a literacy center.This activity incorporates the silent e which is prevalent at this level as well as a review of initial blends and digraphs. Each word card is labeled with the corresponding set to help keep you organized. I would suggest printing each set on colored cardstock for visual organization.
You will want to choose one of these activities each time you meet with this group. These activities should be no longer than five minutes and will give you a lot of bang for your buck! The activities included here are adapted after best literacy practices.
Because kids move rapidly through the levels, there is more than an ample amount of word work within this product!
**Note: Multiple grade levels are selected for this product because we know there is a range of learners in every grade. This can also be used as an intervention for those reading below grade level.
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