This resource product contains 140 word cards for reading and dividing advanced two-syllable real and nonsense rabbit words. In many Orton-Gillingham instructional manuals, this word pattern is called a rabbit word. This set of rabbit word cards is more advanced because each syllable has up to five- and six-sounds, creating challenging rabbit words. In these complex rabbit words, there are beginning blends (sc-, sk-, bl-, cl-, gl-, pl-, sl-, br-, cr-, dr-, gr-, pr-, tr-, spl-, spr-) and ending blends (-md, -nd, -ct, -st, -sp, -lt, -ft).
Along with the word cards, I have included a VERY detailed explanation of the O-G Syllable Rules (these woods follow Syllable Division Rule #1). I have also included a very specific technique for dividing words with beginning, middle, and/or ending consonant blends. This explanation alone is very valuable for the O-G tutor because it provides words to divide following all consonant blends in RABBIT words. And it's a tried-and-true teaching strategy to use with students who struggle to decode multi-syllable words with multiple consonant blends. These word cards provide practice in syllable division following these patterns:
Reading a single real or nonsense syllable with six sounds is extremely challenging: for example: splisp, but it is EXTREMELY important that a student master the ability to decode and encode each and every individual sound in single syllables.The strategy I use has been so helpful to me as a tutor, and I explain the strategy in detail in the first pages of the document.
To use this set of word cards in a Reading Drill, provide the words one at a time, and the student reads the syllables written together on a single word card.
As a tutor gains experience, she will need more and more word cards to provide during a lesson for reading and dividing. In foundational Orton-Gillingham manuals, a tutor’s vast resource of word cards is referred to as her “jewel box.” The jewel box is the tutor’s reserve of words written or typed on cards that are ready to use in any O-G lesson with a single student or a group of students. I have12 file boxes, each 12” deep, full of handwritten words on index cards, that I have collected for the last few years as a teacher in the public school and as a private tutor. I have started typing my word cards, printing and cutting them, and laminating the word cards for durability. If you plan to teach or tutor using the O-G methodology of fast-paced reading drills that teach rapid decoding, encourage automaticity, and build fluency as a reader, you will need to create a system for creating and collecting word cards for repeated use. This collection of 140 words word cards is a great addition to an O-G tutor’s jewel case!
TO USE THE WORD CARDS AS A MEMORY OR CONCENTRATION GAME:
Print 2 set of the word cards, and arrange the cards face down in a grid pattern. Students draw cards to find a matching pair. When a match is found, the student must read the word correctly to win the match.