This “reading ruby” literacy center was made for my second grade dyslexia classes. There are 72 different word flashcards, each with a key picture to help lock in the correct ea sound. For differentiation all 72 words are also on flashcards without the picture clue for more authentic reading drill and to check learning. This can be used as a take it to your seat center for one or two students, a whole class word work activity possibly even using the document camera, or within a small group. Recording sheets, and 7 picture visuals are included for the sorts. Game instructions and answer keys are also included.
Phonics talk: The vowel letters “ea” together with consonant (r )can make several sounds. Sometimes e-a-r says “er” as in earth, sometimes e-a-r says long vowel e, “ea” as in year, and sometimes e-a-r says the “ar” sound as in heart. Perhaps this sentence will help with remembering the different sounds of “ear”. All year my heart tells me to love the earth. (I do motions with my hands too).
Phonics Talk: Sometimes vowel letters e-a-r will even say the short vowel e sound as in bear. So add to your sentence. “All year my heart tells me to love the earth and my bear.” (Put motions with it too.)
Phonics Talk: The vowel letters “ea” can say three sounds. Think of using this sentence to help you remember the 3 different sounds. “I like to eat (long e vowel sound) steak (long a vowel sound) and bread. (short vowel e sound.)
1.Reading: Pick one of the picture word card sets and review, read, and drill all the words. Practice reading the 2 picture word sets first . They are easier. When the students are fluent enough go to the smaller set without the pictures.
2. Sorting: Differentiation provided when sorting. Easy sorts using the picture words. Harder sorts –(smaller green heart word deck) Sort these words by ear and ea. Then sort those sorts by putting the words under the sorting visual pictures. Finally, write the words onto the recording sheets. This will be a total of 7 sorts . The answer sheets are provided.
3. Game Playing: 3 Games( Each set of word cards can be played the same way.)
Spread cards out on table not showing the picture-word side. Give each student one dice or they can share. Each will roll the dice and pick that many cards. If a broken heart is picked then the student still has to read the words, but has to put them back on the table. If a happy heart is drawn, they get another turn. The teacher will listen to each child as words are being read. Correct, help and teach as need be. Game ends when all cards are gone. The winner is the one that read the most words. The Earth Day theme of reduce, reuse, and recycle is used on the happy and broken hearts. The students indirectly get a little bit of science information of going green and loving the earth on the pink heart cards used in the games.
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First Grade, Second Grade, RTI, Special Education, Dyslexia