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This is a great multisensory lesson that is perfect for students developing decoding skills. While students may appear to be strong with decoding, there are times when students have not mastered the skill to 100% accuracy - and decoding needs to be a skill at 100% mastery!
So, this packet is actually two three concepts from schwa, accent rules with schwa, and coding other vowel types/categories. But the major focus is on schwa.
Background knowledge: schwa sounds are unaccented/unstressed vowels in syllable that typically take on the sound of other vowels. However, for this lesson, the initial schwa focus in on open syllables at the beginning and end of words that are open with the vowel a. For example, Alaska - the initial and final syllables are schwa and therefore are not accented. That is the main rule for schwa.
The packet includes the following:
Page 1 / 2 - Title and informational page
Page 3 - Multisensory lesson on schwa where the "a" sound is actually short u
Page 4 word list and more...
Page 5 -Controlled reading of sentences with schwa.
Page 6 - - 7 Passage comprehension with questions
Page 8 - Writing development activity
Page 9 - Word Search (optional - there are students who love word searches, and others who do not due to auditory memory and processing difficulties. Please provide as a "fun" workout without it being mandatory
Page 10 - Sound and concept Awareness Activities
Page 11-12 Schwa activities - one controlled and another schwa activity to use with student text or reading passage
Page 13 - a more detailed Know the Code multisensory lesson for student identification of vowels and a practice worksheet
Pages 16-17 Answer keys for two pages of work student needed to complete for decoding schwa and other vowel types.
This multifaceted lesson is multisensory because of the use of numerous senses being incorporated simultaneously, including visual coding, processing, memory, to support decoding .
The major drive behind this multisensory lesson(s) is for students to become more comfortable and quicker in identifying unknown words or parts of words using "smart" and practical strategies to identify syllables. Improved decoding skills especially with "schwa" translates into increased word recognition and eventually improved reading fluency!
Overall, this is a major lesson students require to become stronger, more fluent and confident readers .
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M. S., M. A., OG-TT (IMSLEC)
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