Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Decoding Strategies: Get Your Mouth Ready

The biggest goal of teaching reading, is creating independent readers. Teaching students HOW to be independent is crucial.  Having students practice "getting your mouth ready" is one of the ways to become independent.
We all know students need decoding strategies, but we don't necessarily know how to teach them decoding strategies.  I have seen teachers provide clues and posters and language and "drive by" decoding, and expect students to use them immediately.  BUT, we can't do this.

We have to be strategic and we have to allow students to practice this skill BEFORE we expect it to become habit. Students need strategies.  When they are starting to read, independence is gained when we can empower them to "figure out" the words ON THEIR OWN.  I try to make sure students WANT to be independent readers.  We discuss being "word makers," not "word takers."

Get Your Mouth Ready

When students are reading, we start with looking at the picture (Decoding Strategies: Look At The Picture) and ask them to also look at the word.  Getting their mouth ready is the next logical step.  Using the page below, students should recognize the word wall words, "look," "at," and "the."  The unknown on this page is hen.  Instead of telling the student it is a hen, ask students to look at the picture and cover the words.  Ask them what animal is in the picture:  chicken? hen? duck? Depending on the background knowledge, students will have a variety of answers.  Once you have several guesses, ask the students to look at the word and "get their mouth ready" with the first letter of the word.  When they make the sound for /h/, they should be able to say the word, "hen."
The biggest goal of teaching reading, is creating independent readers. Teaching students HOW to be independent is crucial.  Having students practice "getting your mouth ready" is one of the ways to become independent.

Practice

The biggest goal of teaching reading, is creating independent readers. Teaching students HOW to be independent is crucial.  Having students practice "getting your mouth ready" is one of the ways to become independent.The biggest goal of teaching reading, is creating independent readers. Teaching students HOW to be independent is crucial.  Having students practice "getting your mouth ready" is one of the ways to become independent.BUT, this isn't a one lesson fix.  Make sure students are using the strategies easily and automatically.  To practice this skill, use cards with picture and word options.  Putting 2 cards in their guided reading basket OR passing out 2 cards each at the small group table, students can look at the card, get your mouth ready to point to the correct word. With the card on the left, students will look at the "box" and get their mouth ready by making the /b/ sound.  Once they make the sound, they will choose the word.  Students can practice the cards daily for a week, then the "Get Your Mouth Ready" icon can be added to the strategy mat.  this is perfect way to make sure they can USE the strategy, not just see the strategy.

Practice Makes Perfect

Using cards, make this practice part of the small group lesson. By rotating the cards with other strategies, students make the strategies automatic.

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