Saturday, August 6, 2016
Decoding Strategies: Chop the Ending
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.
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:
I made header pictures to display on our small group reading board. It can be a quick reference for using this strategy.
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.
The next level of cards is just words, no picture cues. Students practice this with the same procedure as before.
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.
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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