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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Word Work, the Reading Recovery Way - Pt. 8

Who-oo-oo knows what time it is? 

Yes, it's time, teachers, to move onto the next step in how words work. That step involves adding letters to the end of known words. We are not talking about inflections! We already did that.  Rather, we are leading the child to notice known words within other words. To do this, make a known word for your student. Say, “This says ‘cat’.  Watch while I add something to it.”  

Push ch to the end of the word. Instruct your student to, “Say it and check it with your finger.”

In the same lesson, do this with other words,  for example, see + m  or can + dy.

Continue to practice this skill in subsequent lessons until the child can do it with ease.  

Reinforce this concept when she is reading a new book by finger masking the last letters of a new word containing a known word.  

You will heave a sigh of satisfaction when she does this for herself while reading.  As my RR trainer used to say, “You will be doing cartwheels down the hallway!”  Indeed, you will.

If you would like a concise document of these Word Work tips, you can find it in my TpT Store.

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  1. Hi! I'm here from Rockin Teacher Materials and her terrific giveaway. Thanks for participating!

  2. What a great, detailed, well-explained post - I'll be checking out the others soon! Found you via Pinterest. Can sooo relate to the cartwheels thing!! MargD (Geelong, Australia)

    1. Thank you Marg. Are you a RR teacher, too? Great to know my posts are appreciated and that all my pinning is worthwhile. My hubby is getting jealous. ;) How are things down under?