If you follow me on Instagram you will see that every Friday I do dictation with my Preps. The top section is revision of 5 different sounds I have explicitly taught them. The numbered boxes are a place where they write words that I provide them. I give them 4 words, they say the word back to me and record all of the sounds they can hear.
Down the bottom we write a sentence. I tell them the sentence. We count the words. Then I break the sentence down by saying one word at a time. They record the sounds. I remind them about finger spaces, capital letters, full stops as I am assessing their sounds, not their grammar and writing conventions. This also helps with their reading, as at the end of the sentence they read it out loud several times. Sometimes I get them to colour in their punctuation, sometimes I get them to colour in their irregular (sight) words, sometimes I get them to circle all of the digraphs etc.
It is like a mini progress summary and they stick it in their spelling books. When I flick through I can see progress between each week.
When marking the sheet, if you see my posts on Instagram, you will see I tick for each sound they get correct! If formation is incorrect, I write this on a piece of paper and I make note of the letters that each individual child needs work on so they can do this one on one with me during a mini writing conference.
There are 5 different template- a star to show your students that have a hard time starting over near the margin, lines, no lines, dotted thirds etc as I am aware that in each classroom you will have a diverse group of students.
I hope this all makes sense. I usually post my dictation on my Instagram. It is easy to screen shot it so you can use it or adapt it to your students the following week- depending where you are at and what sounds you have covered. If you are stuck for decodable sentences- download my keyrings as all of the sentences are decodable and this will help you so much, and save you time thinking of appropriate sentences for your students.
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