Have students that know their letter/sound relationships, but when it comes to blending sounds together to read a word, they GUESS at it?!? Me too!!!! Here's our answer!!!
At the start of the lesson/intervention, I tell my kiddos that we are going to be WORD DETECTIVES. We talk about what detectives do, the tools they use/have, and how they gather clues to solve a puzzle. As a WORD DETECTIVE, our clues are the letters in the word, and since we are so smart and know the sounds that all of the letters make, we can use our word detective skills to solve that puzzle/read the word. (We don't guess any more like the preschoolers have to do because we've learned our letter sounds, and we are so smart!)
Print pages, laminate, and cut out cards. Give each student 3 (or more) badges/magnifying glasses at the start of the lesson/intervention. For each time a student GUESSES at a word instead of using their WORD DETECTIVE skills and sounding it out/blending the word, they loose a magnifying glass/badge. At the end of the lesson, reward your students based on how many magnifying glasses/badges they have remaining. I often use 1 piece of candy (i.e., M&M or Skittle) for each badge remaining.
Have fun with your WORD DETECTIVES!!!
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