This product will deliver everything you need for student reading on a text level D. Foundational skills are critically important for beginning readers and what you will find here will target what they will encounter as they read. The hope is with your first good instruction, the kids will then transport that learning into their independent reading.
Students at this level use digraphs and short vowels in their reading and writing. Here are the following activities to use during your small group instruction:
Picture sorts or sound sorts-This product contains 36 pictures in color and black and white that you can use with sound sorting mats. The focused digraphs are ch, sh, and th. I have created a sound sorting mat template that you can type or print and write on the featured digraphs. With the colored pictures (whichever two digraphs you choose), you will name the picture, repeat slowly targeting the digraph and have the kids repeat and put it under the correct header. The black line copies are yours to distribute to the kids and have them sort pictures and glue them down to a mat if you wish. There are also final digraphs that can be an added challenge and but not necessary at this level. For more follow-up, you can use the included additional worksheets for practice once you have taught the digraph.
Sound boxes-There are eight sound box sheets for you to choose from. Each page has four different pictures. You can use the red circular markers (included) to segment and “push” for each sound they hear. Once they understand the concept of each sound corresponded to a letter, you can have them write the letters in the boxes. If you are having them write a letter for each sound, remember that digraphs only make one sound so that both letters will go into one box. You can use the color copy as your model and give the kids the black line copy to write on. You can also use those as additional practice in a literacy center, You may want to laminate all the color copies and put them in a binder and have them in a center with EXPO markers for practice.
Lastly, there are seven making words activities. Each lesson comes with the necessary letters to construct the words you will have the make. There is a color copy, where the vowels are yellow and the digraphs are green. I purposely put them in a single box to illustrate that you cannot break the digraphs apart by sound. They make one sound. There are many more activities than you actually need because if you are meeting with your kids regularly, they will fly through the level.
One more thing, included is a binder cover and spine to house all your leveled word work.
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