Word Work Activities for R Controlled Vowels Diphthongs and More Words Their Way

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Get everything you need for teaching and practicing r controlled vowels and diphthongs with this NO PREP Word Study and Word Work Packet.  All your word work activities will be right at your fingertips with this Words Their Way™ inspired word study resource!  These 20 word study lessons include over 350 pages of word lists, picture sorts, word sorts, engaging word work activities, editable spelling homework, and assessments that focus on r controlled vowels and diphthongs. This resource is perfect to use with any word work, phonics, or Words Their Way™ program. Differentiating word work activities to meet your students' needs just got easier!  View the Preview file to see what is included in this resource.

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Word Work Activities for R Controlled Vowels & Diphthongs Word Work includes:

One ZIP file download with 3 Folders and 1 PDF

  • One PDF file (Other Vowels Edition Word Work)
  • Folder: 1 PDF and 1 PPT with Editable Parent Letters
  • Folder: 2 PDFs with Editable Spelling Homework (2 Versions)
  • Folder: Editable PDF and PPT with Teacher Notebook Binder Covers, Dividers, & Spines (3 Color / Design Options)
  • Overview
  • Table of Contents (with clickable links to pages in the PDF)
  • Detailed information for each of the word work activities
  • Ideas for Organization
  • Suggested Materials
  • “Teaching the Lessons”
  • First and Second Grade Standards covered in this r controlled vowels word study
  • Teacher Notebook dividers and binder covers
  • 18 word work lessons for Middle to Late Within Words stages of spelling
  • 18 Picture Sound sort activities (teacher and student sets)
  • 18 Stamp It! Worksheets (great for centers)
  • 18 word sort activities
  • 18 Read and Write the Room worksheets
  • 18 Assessments/ “Word Work Checks” (spelling tests) including dictation sentences to check for application in writing (Word Lists, Dictation Sentences, & Bonus Words are all editable)
  • 2 bonus lessons covering /er/ in the unaccented final syllable and inflectional endings changing “y” to “i” and adding “es”
  • A “Parent Copy” bank/ list of words for each spelling pattern
  • A “Teacher Copy” bank/ list of words for each spelling pattern
  • A list of word work activities to choose from for each spelling pattern
  • A list of letter tiles needed for each spelling pattern (for word building)
  • One “Word Detective” open ended worksheet for any pattern (editable in the PDF)
  • Phonics Flash Cards corresponding to each lesson
  • Letter tile printable masters (teacher and student sets) and suggestions for use (multiple options to choose from in both ZB and DN style handwriting)
  • Printable assessment sheet (several versions to choose from)

This resource is designed to provide ongoing word study (and spelling) instruction throughout the school year. It begins with r controlled vowels in the middle Within Word stage and moves through diphthongs and ambiguous vowels in the late Within Word stage. hese lessons will provide a stable foundation for your students while saving your time and sanity when it comes to planning your word study for the year! 

The word work activities within this product nicely compliment the Words Their Way™ program developed by Donald R. Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Shane Templeton, and Francine Johnston (4th edition). Which lesson you begin with and the length of study for each pattern must be determined by your students’ needs. Spelling inventories for initial assessment can be found in Words Their Way™. I have found this book to be an extremely valuable resource. Please see the Preview above for a more detailed look at what these word work activities include!

Word Work Activities for the following patterns are covered in this product:

  1. Bossy /ar/
  2. Bossy /er/
  3. Bossy /ir/
  4. Bossy /or/
  5. Bossy /ur/
  6. Bossy /ar/ Long /are/ /air/
  7. Bossy /er/ Long /ere/ /eer/ /ear/
  8. Bossy /ir/ Long /ire/ /ier/
  9. Bossy /or/ Long /oar/ /ore/
  10. Bossy /ur/ Long /ure/ Bossy /ar/ /or/
  11. “R” Blends Bossy /ar/ /ir/
  12. REVIEW Bossy /or/ ir/ ur/
  13. Long /ue/ Diphthongs /oi/ /oy/
  14. Diphthong /oo/
  15. Short /o/ Diphthongs /ou/ /ow/
  16. REVIEW Diphthongs /oi/ /oy/ /ou/ /ow/
  17. Short /a/ Ambiguous Vowels /al/ /aw/
  18. Ambiguous Vowels /au/ /al/ aw/
  19. REVIEW /ow/ /ew/ /aw/
  20. Final Unaccented Syllables /er/
  21. Inflectional Endings- Change “y” to “i” and add “es”

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  • "Thank you for such a thorough Word Study product. The r controlled vowels and diphthong lessons and phonics cards have been great for my English Learners. The posters are so cute and helpful!"
  • "Everything I need at my fingertips for word work! Thank you!"
  • "Well worth it! Thanks for doing all this hard work!"
  • "This was such a time saver!! I love the word sorts and suggested games. They are all laid out for a weeks worth of lessons and ideas! The letter tiles are great for the words!"


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.


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