Using First Grade Phonics Worksheets and Activities to Practice Phonics Skills

The most effective phonics intervention instruction is explicit, systematic and sequential. Students acquire skills more quickly when teachers explain phonics patterning using...
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When Should Multisyllable Words Worksheets and Activities be introduced in the Classroom?

Many students struggle with reading the longer words in text – those multisyllable words. Although that’s where they struggle, let’s check for precursor skills...
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Middle School Teachers: Alternatives to 6th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

6th grade reading comprehension worksheets can be a useful tool – but many students today are unfortunately suffering from worksheet overload. If your middle school students often are lost or behind...
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Mastering Phoneme Substitution

It’s well known that phonemic awareness is a critical skill for reading. In the past we’ve viewed it as something that kindergarten and first grade teachers are responsible for teaching. However, our view of PA is evolving.
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Lesson Plan on Phonics for Effective Phonics Intervention

Congratulations, you’ve successfully assessed your students and perfectly grouped them by skill levels. You know exactly who needs to master which skills to become strong readers. Now, the lingering question is..
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Reading Comprehension Games and Activities (That Students Will Want to Play Over and Over)

Incorporating interactive games and activities in the classroom gives students a chance to practice reading comprehension skills (not to mention makes you the cool teacher)....
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3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets: How Do They Fit Into the Bigger Picture?

There is a time and a place for worksheets when it comes to teaching 3rd grade reading comprehension. But there are alternatives to introducing and furthering student...
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Structured Phonics Lesson Plans Improve Instruction

Educators often ask where lesson plans help. We believe that they do help because teachers benefit from reminders of the logical sequence of steps in an effective lesson. When providing targeted phonics intervention instruction, there is a logical instructional sequence of helping students focus on the sounds first and spelling later.
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Early Phonics Interventions are Key for Reading Success

Research supports the use systematic phonics intervention instruction as early as possible in the elementary grades to improve decoding, spelling and comprehensions skills. The reality is that students who fall behind in reading are more likely never to catch up.
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Phonics Assessment Tools Identify Mastered and Missing Skills

Educators are asking how to determine if a student has mastered the phonics skills needed to be a skilled and fluent reader. One tool that is useful is a phonics diagnostic assessment, which is an informal evaluation that identifies mastered and missing phonics skills for early readers.
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