Time for Phonics Book 4 extends the phonetic approach to a higher level with more word families, more blends and some basic spelling rules. Phonetic irregularities are explained as the student works towards developing proficient reading skills.
An understanding of how to break compound words, homographs and homophones into syllables is a skill that will result in the student becoming a proficient reader. A variety of activities including word puzzles are provided to help extend skills and knowledge in reading and spelling. The personal word box will continue to provide a vehicle for individual learning based on student needs.
About this book - and how to get the best out of it.
• Directions in smaller print give students a clear understanding of what they need to do to get the best outcomes. This book encompasses a range of strategies including:
• A phonic approach using oral phonemic awareness strategies (80% of words in the English language have a phonic base)
• Word families consisting of rhyming words. This base list can be expanded as relevant.
• Varied, Yeard activities that are age appropriate.
• Core words - simple common sight words that are also high frequency words essential to all reading matter.
• Word building - strategies to build understanding and confidence Blends - consonant blends and special blends are included as they form an essential part of many word families.
• Syllables - how to use syllables to decipher new words.
• Spelling rules - some basic spelling rules using vocabulary that is relevant to word families at this level.
• Phonic irregularities - eg when 'c' has an 's' sound in words like city'; words that look similar but don't rhyme eg has/ was; some words do not look alike yet they rhyme eg said/bed
• Yeard sentences can form the basis for Dictation and show correct usage of list words. These can be modified as needed.
• Sentence construction - Students are encouraged to complete and create some of their own oral and written sentences.
• Compound words - 'making and breaking' compound words using known words selected from word families
• Homographs and homophones - using vocabulary that is common usage and in their word families.
• Some challenge activities are incorporated in the mix.
• Personal Word Box - words chosen by student and/or teacher, based on student needs. These need to be achievable for individual students.
• Revision is built into the sequence of activities
• Assessment tasks measure progress and can also be used as a diagnostic tool.
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