This Spell it Write! Responsive Reader
is designed to help your students learn how to spell a word that is often misspelled, “does,” in a HANDS-ON way. The book begins by decoding the sounds in “does.” Your students will then MAP the irregular sound pictures (letters). This activity might be new for you both—if so, do the mapping page together.
**Mapping the sounds (a method used by Read America which I have adapted from their bestseller Reading Reflex) is key to improving your students’ reading and spelling proficiency. Have your students say each sound aloud as they touch--with their finger, or dot marker--the sound pictures. Sound pictures are both individual, and groups of letters (like the ‘eigh’ that makes a long A sound in ‘eight’), that make distinct sounds. The sound pictures in each word are grouped together so your students can easily SEE what letters make each sound.
Next, Your students will read engaging, yet predictable text missing the word “does.” This reader has a BONUS: the text is designed to teach your students about ONOMATOPOEIA
(words that sound like the things they represent). There are pictures on each page that enhance the text..making it just plain FUN! Your students will cut apart, unscramble and glue the letter tiles to correctly spell “does” in the space provided on the first four sheets. For the next four sheets, they will try their hand at writing “does” as prompted by the word shape. On the final page, your students will unscramble, glue and write an onomatopoeia response (“I’m going to HUFF and PUFF and blow your house down!”) to a sentence using “does” correctly; and celebrate a job well done!
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