Do you have struggling readers in your class? Do they have a difficult time reading words in text that are visually similar? Do they frequently misread words for their similar counterparts or substitute similar words in text? These activities are for you! They are designed to help the students focus on the words and re-wire their brains to see and use the correct words each time they encounter them in text. These words are commonly mistaken for one another when struggling readers encounter them in text. The problem for students arises when they start mapping the wrong word with the wrong pronunciation in their brains. It’s like putting a fold in a piece of paper. The more times you do it, the deeper the crease is, and the harder it is to smooth it out. These activities are designed to help the students re-map the words correctly in their minds through multiple practice sessions so they read them correctly in text.
I have seen similar resources created to help kids who reverse the b and d letters, but nothing to help them with misreading similar words. I created these resources for my struggling readers in my special education class. I hope you find them to be helpful with your students.