Saturday, August 6, 2016

Decoding Strategies: Chop the Ending

Chop the Ending is a great strategy for continuing students on the path to independent decoding.  Knowing endings can also help them understand their readings, too.
As students progress in the use of decoding strategies, introducing "Chop the Ending" is added. Students need to have an understanding of base words and endings BEFORE you attempt to teach this strategy.

Recognizing a base word is a critical skill for readers. Having students "Look for Pieces They Know" can lead to discussions about word endings, like in the word "sees."  Students may be quick to find the piece they know ("see").  When you ask them to "Chop the Ending" they will cover the ending, say the word, then add the ending to read the word.  There are 3 steps to practicing this strategy.

1. Teach the Endings

The only way students can tell the difference between "Look for Pieces You Know" and "Chop the Ending" is to teach the endings.  I would never suggest teaching all the endings at once, but teaching them as they come across the word in their reading.  The headings students will typically see are on the chart below:
Chop the Ending is a great strategy for continuing students on the path to independent decoding.  Knowing endings can also help them understand their readings, too.
I made header pictures to display on our small group reading board.  It can be a quick reference for using this strategy.
Chop the Ending is a great strategy for continuing students on the path to independent decoding.  Knowing endings can also help them understand their readings, too.

2. Practice with Picture Support

I made two levels of practice cards to help students practice this strategy.  After teaching the endings, they would practice with small cards in small group.  The cards have an ax under the ending, to help students "see" the ending easier.  You can put 1 card in each guided reading basket, when they are finished with the card, they can pass it to their right and continue practicing with several cards.
Chop the Ending is a great strategy for continuing students on the path to independent decoding.  Knowing endings can also help them understand their readings, too.

3. Practice without Picture Support

The next level of cards is just words, no picture cues.  Students practice this with the same procedure as before. 
Chop the Ending is a great strategy for continuing students on the path to independent decoding.  Knowing endings can also help them understand their readings, too.
As with any skill or strategy, students must be able to tell you about the strategy in their own words.  Here's a quick video of "J" telling me about this skill.

Chop the Ending is a great strategy for continuing students on the path to independent decoding.  Knowing endings can also help them understand their readings, too.Make sure your students are practicing the strategy by pulling words from their reading to "Chop the Ending." They can even record the found words with endings in a journal.

Don't forget to add the icon to the Strategy Mat, when they are using the strategy.

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