In this product I’ve provided large word cards with real three-syllable and four-syllable words, all built with Closed, Silent E and a very few schwa syllables. Of the 30 words,
• 22 are three-syllable words
• 8 are 4-syllable words
• all are presented on larger word cards
• with more room for marking syllabication
• a syllable pattern to the word structure
o Closed – Closed - Silent E, or
o Closed – Closed – schwa - Silent E
Students get so excited when they can read multi-syllable words, and students have great success with these word cards since they are comprised of only two syllable types! I love presenting these word cards to my intervention resource group at my public school, and thy are afraid of the words at first. But after labeling consonants and vowels and dividing (we usually do the first word together), my students can successfully decode these words. That’s what makes these word cards so great for the older student who has very basic reading skills. The student is successful reading words that appear to be very difficult, and reading these big words boosts their confidence in their reading ability! It’s so much fun to see their pride when we finish a lesson with these words!
Along with the word cards, I have included a VERY detailed explanation of the O-G Syllable Rules (these words follow Syllable Division Rule #1). I have also included a very specific technique for dividing words with beginning, middle, and/or ending consonant blends and silent E syllables. This explanation alone is very valuable for the O-G tutor. It's a tried-and-true teaching strategy to use with students who struggle to decode multi-syllable words with multiple consonant blends.
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.