Select 4-8 important words from the text. Make sure that the words will help your students make a prediction about the content of the text.
For each word, draw blanks on the board to indicate how many letters each word has. You may reproduce this on a piece of paper for students.
Introduce the text by giving the title and showing any pictures or graphics that accompany the text.
Begin by filling in the initial letter for the first word. Ask students to give the sound of the letter. If the word begins with a blend or digraph, provide all of the letters in the onset. Ask students to predict what the word might be, given the onset and the length of the word.
Gradually add the other letters to the word. Have students blend the sounds together as the letters are added. Always emphasize the sound of the letters, not the names of the letters.
Have students use their background knowledge of the text topic and the letters to predict the mystery word.
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