Sound + Spell is a systematic approach to early decoding and spelling. The idea is to build in scaffolding into the structure of the lessons. Students are compelled to segment beginning, middle, and end sounds. They develop spelling fluency through repetitive application of common spelling conventions. The wonderful thing is, as their spelling improves, their decoding ability improves.
The Lesson 1 Set begins with CVC words. Gradually, difficulty is increased. The Lesson 2 Set adds on beginning blends and digraphs. Then proper nouns. Then beginning and end blends and digraphs.
After students have mastered short CVC words, they move on to the Lesson 3 Set and practice CVCe words alone. As with the short vowels, the blends and digraphs are gradually added. In the Lesson 4 Set, students have a mix of CVC and CVCe with blends and digraphs.
Lesson 5 Set is centered on R-influenced vowels (ar, er, ir, or, ur). This product is the LESSON 5 SET ONLY. There are 12 lessons in this set. Students should spell most conventional 1-syllable words by the end of Sound and Spell.
There are currently 5 sets of lessons:
*Lesson 1 Set: CVC word families
(3 letter words)
*Lesson 2 Set: CVC short vowel words with blends and digraphs
(3-4 letter words)
*Lesson 3 Set: CVCe words
(starts off with 4 letters, then adds in blends and digraphs)
*Lesson 4 Set: CVC and CVCe mixed
(3-5 letter words)
*Lesson 5 Set: R-Influenced Vowels
(ar, er, ir, or, ur)
Please note that Lesson 3 and 4 sets are together in one product.
If you buy the Sound + Spell complete system, you are also getting a growing bundle
. That means you will get all of the lessons, plus any future lesson sets that I add. I am planning on adding vowel teams and endings.
This system covers 1st grade Common Core standards. I have included a chart that details alignment to CCSS and Words Their Way.
I have used this with 1st grade through 3rd grade, kids with IEPs, kids without IEPs, and ELL students. What I hear the most from them is that it’s FUN, it makes spelling “sooooo easy,” and it turns them into great spellers.
I designed Sound and Spell to work in conjunction with Words Their Way. You can use it as a companion or alternative to Words Their Way, both for whole group and small intervention groups. I highly recommend it for special education or ESL.
For a detailed explanation (with pictures) of how Sound and Spell works, go to my Sound and Spell blog post
You can also look at the preview to download my freebie, or go to the Sound and Spell Sampler