Orton-Gillingham Red Words: Multisensory Practice for Learned Words

Grade Levels
K - 5th, Homeschool
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This a leveled pack of red words or learned words suitable for Orton-Gillingham instruction. This pack accompanies my leveled Orton-Gillingham words and sentences products. The words come from the recommended lists passed along to me during my training in using the Orton-Giillingham approach.

UPDATED 7/12/21

These lists are short and manageable enough, so not to overwhelm a struggling reader. Here are a few important things to remember:

1. An educator trained in using an Orton-Gillingham approach is highly recommended for use with this product.

2. This is just one approach to teaching learned words. There are many others. Whichever you choose, please make sure to provide plenty of multi-sensory practice and repetition.

3. Non-phonetic words in OG are generally called learned words or red words. You’ll also notice the word cards and lists have a reddish tint to make them stand out if you do call them red words.

4. You do not have to use every page of this pack. There are several choices for practice within each level. You may decide to stick with manuscript practice over cursive. Do what works for your student(s) at their stage of learning.

5. There is a black dot in the corner of the word cards in every level, so you may punch a hole and place them on a ring.

6. In a typical OG lesson there is a time allotted for sight word practice. However, it should be brief within the confines of the

the lesson. Spending too much time on learned word practice within an OG lesson detracts from the main focus of that lesson. Allotting 5 -10 minutes for practice per lesson is recommended.

7. Cut and laminate the word cards for long lasting use or make them tactile by applying a thin layer of glitter glue over each letter.

8. The flap book pages are a great tool if you use a notebook. You just glue along the left vertical tab labeled, “My Level ----- Learned Words Flap Book" and cut along each flap. I’ve always provided a notebook for my OG students, so they have a record of every lesson we’ve done. It’s a great way to keep lessons organized, and to go back and review.

9. IMPORTANT: The lists are labeled for reading and spelling. There are NO learned words to spell in Level 1. The words to practice reading in a particular level will become the words a student will practice spelling in the NEXT level. Do not have students practice spelling and writing words that are only used for reading within a level.

Finally, I realize you have many options for learned word practice out there. I appreciate your taking the time to purchase this product, give it a chance, and provide me with feedback. I do request that you message me first if there is a serious problem or error before you give feedback. Many times an issue can be resolved simply by contacting me, the seller. I respond to any and all concerns and questions promptly.


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