Rex the Fox takes his box house with him when he moves from town to town. Will the people in this new town like him?
Author(s): Pauline Cartwright
Illustrators: Anna Evans
Sound Focus: ‘x’
Alignment with Ready to Read Phonics Plus
Emergent Level 7
You can use the following notes to teach students word-level reading /decoding strategies.
Word-Level Reading Strategies
Total Word Count: (includes title) 148.
68 different words. 47 are high-frequency words, 50 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 following criteria:
• one letter = one sound (e.g. set)
• doubled letters = one sound (e.g. excellent)
· • word endings ed (e.g. fixed)
· • ck sounds like ‘k’ (e.g. back)
· • short ‘o’ written with an a after a ‘w’ sound (e.g. what)
· • long vowel spellings at the start, in the middle and at the end of words (e.g. I, cried, fire, fine)
• pronouncing the letter x as ‘ks’ at the end or in the middle of a word (e.g. fox, taxi)
Decoding Strategy: As well as revising previously taught strategies, the focus of this book is to learn to pronounce the letter x as ‘ks’ when it is at the end or in the middle of a word. The letter x is coded blue to help students notice it. x rarely occurs at the start of a word, but when it does it usually sounds like ‘z’ (xylophone) or ‘eks’ (x-ray). Words in this book containing the ‘ks’ sounds, written with an x are – Rex, fox, box, next, taxi, exit, fix, fixed, excellent
Non-decodable Words: High-frequency words: town, house, what, catch, door, things, come, car, something, the, that
Vocabulary words: park, Mayor, excellent
Important Vocabulary in Text:
Nouns: fox, house, box, park, Mayor, fire, taxi, door, exit, job, car
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