Friday, July 29, 2016

Decoding Strategies: Sound and Slide

Sound and slide.  Encourage students to slide their way through the word and make the sound blend into a word.  This is one strategy that is invaluable.
This next strategy is rarely used independently, BUT you need to teach it independently.  We need to be very careful we don't overlook this valuable step.  We also need to be very careful we don't encourage students to "sound out" words by saying each sound individually.  Students should try to decode a new word by saying, "/b/."     "/a/."     "/t/."  They may be able to hear the word "bat" while producing the sounds independently, but students need to be able to transfer skills among other words.  Nothing is more frustrating than watching a student rely on "sounding out" to decode a word like "because:"  You've heard it before.../b/ /e/ /c/ /a/ /u/ /s/ /e/.  They'll never figure out the word like that.

Sound and Slide

Instead consider a "sound and slide."  Ask students to start at the beginning of the word and slowly slide their finger through the word while "sliding the sounds," too.

Helping students practice this is easiest with CVC sliders.  I posted about this in April in the post, "CVC Sliding:  From Choppy Seas to Smooth Sailing."

This student demonstrates the process.
Sound and slide.  Encourage students to slide their way through the word and make the sound blend into a word.  This is one strategy that is invaluable.Putting 2 or 3 cards in their guided reading basket each day for practice before reading, is an easy way to practice the sound and slide. Once they practice this strategy, put the icon on the strategy mat.

FREEBIE

This FREEBIE was available earlier, but I'm happy to put a link to the freebie again.  CLICK HERE for the CVC sliders sample set, or click the picture below.

If you'd like the the full set, here's a link to my TPT store.

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