New research is validating the importance of integrating phonics (encoding) and spelling (decoding) instruction
for beginning and remedial readers. Both phonics and spelling rely on the same letters to sounds relationships: phonics translates symbols to sounds and spelling translates sounds to symbols. In other words, phonics and spelling are two sides of the same coin. To read and write well, our students must acquire the tools to become both codebreakers
Louisa Moats comments on this research: “Catherine Snow et al. summarize the real importance of spelling for reading as follows: ‘Spelling and reading build and rely on the same mental representation of a word. Knowing the spelling of a word makes the representation of it sturdy and accessible for fluent reading.’ In fact, Ehri and Snowling found that the ability to read words ‘by sight’ (i.e. automatically) rests on the ability to map letters and letter combinations to sounds.”
Silent Final eConnected Phonics and Spelling RtI Lessons
Each phonics workshop lesson takes 20 minutes to complete. The first lesson is teacher-led and uses phonics cards (provided as digital masters for you to copy and cut. You and your students will love these 89 colorful animal sound-spelling and consonant blend cards!) The teacher begins the second, third, and fourth lessons with review and assigns activity-based worksheets. Students complete the three worksheets and self-correct to learn from their mistakes. The fifth lesson is a short formative assessment to determine whether the student has mastered the phonics pattern.
The connected spelling lessons consist of self-guided worksheets, which explain the spelling pattern, provide examples, include a spelling sort, plus a word jumble, rhyme, and/or book search. Students self-correct to learn from their mistakes, and then complete a short formative assessment to show whether the student has mastered the spelling pattern.
The teacher mini-conferences with individual students or groups to grade and review the phonics and spelling short formative assessments and briefly re-teach if necessary. Simple and effective Response to Intervention reading instruction!
Not sure that your students need these silent final e
lessons? The author’s Teaching Reading Strategies
program includes diagnostic phonics and spelling assessments (audio files) to determine which gaps need filling and all the phonics and spelling resources to do just that. Plus, this full-year (or half-year intensive) program provides phonemic awareness and sight word assessments and corresponding activities, sound-spelling blending and syllabication practice, reading fluency (with YouTube modeled readings) articles with word counts and timing sheets, and expository comprehension worksheets with embedded vocabulary. Your students will love the animal sound-spelling card games! Video training modules make this a user-friendly program for both new and veteran teachers.
Or why not get the Teaching Reading Strategies and Guided Reading Phonics Books BUNDLE
for the complete reading intervention program? The 54 Sam and Friends decodable books perfectly complement the instructional sequence of Teaching Reading Strategies. These eight-page phonics books have been specifically designed for your older readers with teenage cartoon characters with complex plots. Each book includes higher level comprehension questions and 30-second word fluencies. Your students can catch up
while they keep up
with grade-level instruction.
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