Showing posts with label decodable stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decodable stories. Show all posts
Thursday, 19 April 2018

R Controlled Vowels Decodable Stories

When a vowel is followed by an r, the r changes the sound that the vowel makes.  The vowel is called an r-controlled vowel.  Sometimes it is referred to as a “bossy r” because the r “bosses” the vowel to make a new sound.  When the “a” is followed by r, it makes the sound you hear in “star” or “car”.  When the “o” is followed by the r, it makes the sound you hear in the word “horn”.  The “ir”, “ur” and “er” make the same sound /er/ as in the words “bird”, “burn” and “her”.   I teach my students /er/ most often comes at the end of words like in "runner" and "faster". But unfortunately the r controlled vowels don't follow strict rules and this makes the activation of the visual memory so important. Since "er" "ir" and "ur" all say the same sound then students must use their visual memory to remember which phonogram to use. For Dyslexic students this is often a huge challenge. That is why I am offering this free Anchor Chart to help. I have also created 10 decodable stories to practice these tricky sounds. In addition, all my stories have the kinesthetic component of writing in the cloze passages. I have found these extremely valuable for my dyslexic students. 





10 Fun Stories in Color and Black and White


Cloze passages are so helpful for comprehension

                     Go to my store for these helpful stories Here






Wednesday, 18 April 2018

AY and AI Decodable Stories

Vowel Teams can be tricky! Some letters, when placed together make the long vowel sound. For example, when the letters “ai” appear together, they make the long a sound as in the word “bait”. “ay” also makes the long a sound as in "play".  When children are learning to spell words it’s important for them to know the most common placement of the digraphs in the words. The “ay” is most often used at the end of a base word and the “ai” is often in the middle. 


I am currently working on Vowel Team Stories to help my students get more practice with these tricky teams. All my Decodable Stories are aligned with the Fundations Curriculum, but are suitable for any Orton Gilligham Curriculum.

All the students I work with are struggling readers so they need lots of practice with vowel teams.

               I made this Free Poster to help introduce my students to the AI and AY vowel teams






And I have written 10 Decodable Stories to practice Reading and Writing  with this vowel team.








Every Story is in Color and Black and White with Fill in the Blanks for Comprehension and Fluency.






I hope you find these resources helpful!




Thursday, 8 February 2018

Why Truly Decodable Stories are so Important for Struggling Readers

Decodable books are books that contain only the phonetic code that the student has already been taught.

For example, a beginning reader may only know words which have the short vowel sounds.They could decode simple words like pot, bet, and pig but would not be able to decode words like saw or bowl. 

However, a student at a higher reading level who is learned letter phonograms like OI and OA be able to be to read words like coin and boat.Teachers of reading should be aware that the term decodable books is often used incorrectly.

Many books which are supposed to be easy to read have text in which only half the words are decodable. 

Can you imagine trying to read a book in which only half of the words were decodable to you? It is very frustrating. When given an"easy" to read book that is NOT easy to read students often begin to guess at words instead of decoding them.
If you are using a good Orton-Gillingham Reading program, it will carefully teach all the phonograms and provide good decodable stories which carefully present words so that students can decode the words and be successful.

I work with struggling readers each day and I have some wonderful curriculum I teach with. But I needed more stories for my students to practice with. I also wanted them to contain cloze passages because I find them so helpful in aiding students with comprehension and fluency. So I created a pack of fully decodable stories with cloze passages. These decodable stories do have carefully introduced sight words but are decodable
and presented so students can get the practice they need and be successful. If these stories, are helpful to you please let me know!Try a great silent E story for free here.





Friday, 17 November 2017

How to Increase Reading Fluency in Children

Improving Reading Fluency and Comprehension with Cloze Passages




As a reading therapist, my ultimate goal with each student is to help Students become fluent readers. When I first started teaching reading, I struggled to find enough good reading material for my students who struggle. We would get through the curriculum and my struggling students still needed more practice. The I started looking for other things for my students to read. The problem is that many of the things they're out there labeled as easy to read Level 1 readers or I Can Read books my students were not able to read.  That is when I started creating reading passages that would be easily decodable by my students.

I also wanted to find a way for my students to be able to really connect with the material. I wanted them to have a multi-sensory experience and not just have the words "float over their heads". That's when I decided to add cloze passages to all of my stories. I love cloze passages for the following reasons:

Help with comprehension:


When words are missing from the story and children have to write them in they have to connect to the story enough to know what word is coming next. In fact, some reading comprehension assessment tests use cloze passages to test students comprehension levels.



Make it multi-sensory


Reading cloze passages allow students to have a multi-sensory experience when they reading are reading. Writing is the kinesthetic expression of reading. When I have a student write a word in a  cloze passage. I have them say the word and write the word. This gives them an auditory experience, a visual experience and a kinesthetic experience.



Fun Fluency

Any good teacher knows the key to helping students master material is to give students enough practice with material until they become fluent. Cloze passages are just another way for students to. practice. The students read the story the with me. Then after they read the story they have to read it again in order to be able to do to cloze passage. I usually get students to read a passage 3 or 4 times by the time we're through doing a cloze passage.

Fun and Easy Centers

Also I love to laminate cloze passages and stories and put them into a center after I've done them with students to give them more practice. Kids really love it anytime they get to write with a wipe off marker. It's a fun experience and it makes for a fast and easy Center for me.

Great For Intervention

These passages are also great for an intervention time. If you have volunteers who come in to read with your students or if you take small groups of students out to do intervention time. Cloze passages are excellent for this instruction. It's totally no prep and it's completely effective. I use this technique with my dyslexic students and it works very well!
You can pick up these Blends and Digraphs Passages here at my store and follow me because I am adding more sets weekly and they are half off for the first 48 hours.
If you need CVC Practice go here and If you need Silent E practice or Glued Sounds
Happy Smart and Special Teaching!


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Teaching Reading with the Christmas Story






I absolutely love sharing the wonder of the Christmas story with children. Advent season is so special when children are young. I also adore teaching reading with Bible stories. When I was working as a teacher in public schools it was not possible, but  when I worked in a Christian school in Haiti and when I home schooled my kids having them read the Christmas story was a highlight of the year for me. One problem I found with reading the Christmas story with beginning readers was finding one written using decodable words for kindergarten and first grade. This year I decided to make Nativity Reader's Theater Unit with a mini-book that young students could read successfully.



 Then because I always like to connect reading and writing. I added pages that students could write on  themselves. If children are struggling with reading writing gives them a multi-sensory expression of the words.






 Children can copy from their mini-book or they can paraphrase and write their own sentence.

 A mini-book is great,but reader's theater is my favorite to help with reading fluency. If you want your children to practice reading give them a script and let them perform and you will see the magic happen. 

If you are reluctant to do Reader's Theater then below are some guidelines to help your students.



  Guidelines for Reader's Theater 




1. Every student  needs to follow along with the script, even when it's not your speaking part. 


2. When it is someone's speaking part, NO ONE is going to give  a reminder or even a little nudge. (This is difficult on the others that want to give a  pssstt!! to their friends. However  it builds much better accountability for the reader, and everyone follows along better.)


3. If  a student finishes reading their part, and  and the next person hasn't caught on that it's their turn to speak, just repeat your last line again until the next person realizes it's their turn. 


4. Students should use their best reading expression. If  someone makes a mistake, be calm stop, relax and reread the line again.


These Guidelines will make your Reader's Theater a joy at home, school or church.



 I  also included some character cards which you can attach with a template headband or make into a sign for the different children to wear if you don't have costumes. Or even if you do kids love headbands.

 If you would like them for your  students you may find them for FREE HERE at my store.

 I hope you enjoy this reading pack and stay please follow this blog because I will soon add other Bible Story Reading Packs. So follow my store to get these stories and other great freebies. Don't miss out. Merry Christmas! Rejoice!