Nicole loves the little kitten Dad has brought home. But will Mum let her keep it?
Author(s): Pauline Cartwright
Illustrators: Peter Flavall, Christy Lewis
Sound Focus: Word endings le – ‘l’ and ‘il’
Alignment with Ready to Read Phonics Plus
Emergent Level 4
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) 69
33 different words. 23 are high-frequency words, 19 are decodable and 1 is a non-decodable vocabulary word.
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. Dad)
• doubled letters = one sound (e.g. kitten)
• y on the end of many words sounds like a long ‘e’ (e.g. messy)
(read Papa Henry for this convention).
• le on the end of words sounds like ‘l’ or ‘il’ (e.g. nibble)
Decodable Strategy: As well as revising previously taught strategies, the focus of this book is the word-ending le which is usually pronounced like ‘l’ or ‘il’. Many words that use this ending also contain doubled letters representing one sound (e.g. nibble). You can use this book to revise these doubled letter = one sound relationships. There are words in this story that end with a y sounding like a long ‘e’.
Non-decodable Words: High-frequency words: asked, came, home, hungry, made, okay, said, she, stay, the, think, wants, with
Vocabulary word: noisy
Important Vocabulary in Text: messy, hissed, nibble, hungry, cuddle, begged, stay, noisy
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