This resource product contains 270 word cards for reading and dividing advanced two-syllable real and nonsense words. I like to introduce multi-syllable words in patterns. My previous sets of two-syllable words are called RABBIT words, with two closed syllables joined together. All of these word cards are CUPCAKE words, a two-syllable word built with a beginning CLOSED syllable and an ending SILENT E syllable.
This set of CUPCAKE word cards is more advanced because some syllables have up to five- and six-sounds, creating challenging multi-syllable words. In these complex words, there are beginning blends, ending blends, and consonant digraphs. Along with the word cards, I have included a detailed explanation of the O-G Syllabication Procedure, how to teach Syllable Division Rule 1, and important teaching points to reinforce at this stage in the O-G sequence.
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 270 words word cards is a great addition to an O-G tutor’s jewel case!
TO USE THE WORD CARDS AS A MEMORY GAME:
Print 2 sets of any 2 pages of word cards, which will create 20 matched sets of words, for use in one partner game. Students arrange the 40 cards in the set, 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. With 27 pages of word cards, a teacher can create more than 10 different sets of memory games for practice reading multi-syllable CUPCAKE words!