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Word Crumbs and Families: This strategy is like phonemic awareness and word recognition having a baby. Students identify patterns in words that allow them to decode them more quickly. For example: -an, -at, -ill, -an. If students recognize the word family their word belongs to, they will have an easier time "sounding it out." Word crumbs are smaller words or sounds within larger words. For example: literate. I can find the word "it" and the word "ate." I recognize "er" from the -er family. Now I sound it out from there: l-it-er-ate. I'm putting words and groups together rather than sounds. It reduces the number of commands.
Story Analysis: Give them copies of books they can write on. You can use our Word of the Day products, or books out of our bundles. They are all written using specific keywords. I would laminate the pages and have them use a dry/wet erase marker. Tell them rather than reading, they are going to analyze the text. Or, you can tell them they are word detectives and give them small magnifying glasses. Have them highlight or circle the words they know. Once they have found all the words they know, see if they can guess what is happening in the picture. See what words they can decipher based on context clues, and have them highlight those. If there are still words they don’t know, go over the words with them. Have them point to the word. You say the word. Have them point while they repeat it. Repeat this process 3 times. Once this is completed, have them try to read the whole sentence. Complete the repeating process for each page. After their analysis, see if they can read the book more fluidly.
All of these strategies can work together toward the success of all your students reading in the classroom. Each student learns differently and the more options we offer, the more we can ensure our students thriving in the classroom.
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