A boiled egg for breakfast brings an unexpected visitor to the table.
Author(s): Joy Allcock
Illustrators: Richard Hoit
Sound Focus: Word endings – ed and ing
Alignment with Ready to Read Phonics Plus
Emergent Level 5
You can use the following notes to teach students word-level reading /decoding strategies. More in-depth notes can be downloaded below.
Word-Level Reading Strategies
Total Word Count: (includes Title) 98
56 different words. 41 are high-frequency words, 32 are decodable and 3 are
non-decodable vocabulary words.
Decodability Criteria: Words in this book are either high-frequency words or are decodable according to the
• one letter = one sound (e.g. cut)
• doubled letters = one sound (e.g. egg, bee)
• verbs that have ed and ing suffixes (e.g. buzzed, looking)
Decoding Strategy: The focus of this book is to practise the decoding strategies previously taught (single and doubled letter-sound relationships) and to highlight the suffixes ed and ing on the end of verbs.
These suffixes will be bolded in the text to help students notice them.
When students meet the words happened and buzzed you can point out the ed ending and tell them it sounds like ‘d’ in these words. When students meet the word dropped, tell them the ed now sounds like ‘t’ as it does in many words. Notes for teaching the meaning of the ed suffix are available in the full teaching notes.
The pronunciation for the ing suffix can be taught in the word looking.
Yellow and yolk are two words that are not decodable. Teach them as vocabulary words. The ow pattern in yellow could be matched to the same pattern and pronunciation on the end of the high-frequency word window.
Non-decodable Words: High-frequency words: breakfast, could, eat, then, thing, when, came, the, window,
catch, around, door, what, was, for, saw, my, right, think, some
Vocabulary words: yellow, yolk, undone
Important Vocabulary in Text:
Nouns: breakfast, egg cup, top, window, door, catch, lamp stand, yolk, sun
Verbs: put, cut, eat, happened, buzzed, looking, saw, dropped
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