Our Reading Focus of the Week actually has students working in one of the 3 groups explained below for a total of 15 days then they are assessed and they may change focus groups. After each description the standard(s) that is associated with that skill is listed.
Reading Focus of the Week
Each week Reading and Phonics Instruction is delivered to students in the area that is specially designed for them in order for them to be the most successful. Currently students are working in one of three groups:
1. Words with r controlled vowels. Some examples of these words are BIRD, THIRD, FIRST, with an r controlled sound of IR. Examples also include words with an AR sound such as in words like BARK, TART, and SMART. Words with an OR sound include BORN, FORT, and PORK. Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregulary spelled words.
2. Words with a VcE (Vowel consonant e) spelling pattern. Students are working on words such as bake, made, mane, dude, tube, Mike, time, etc. Students need to recognize that the SNEAKY e at the end of a word makes the short vowel " say its name" or become long. Know final-e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
3. Words with " vowel teams" which are groups of letters working together to make a long vowel sound in a word. Some examples of these kinds of words are: high, eat, tie, main, etc. **** This group lasts for 30 days as it is much more intensive and encompasses more material than the other groups.*** Know final-e and common vowel team convention for representing long vowel sounds.