What could you do if you’re all by yourself with nothing to do?
Author(s): Pauline Cartwright
Illustrators: Rakel King
Sound Focus: Short ‘oo’
Alignment with Ready to Read Phonics Plus
Emergent Level 6
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) 116
62 different words. 51 are high-frequency words, 61 are decodable, 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. mum)
• doubled letters = one sound (e.g. yummy)
• word endings er, y, ing (e.g. under, yummy, fishing)
• long vowel spellings at the start, in the middle and at the end of words
• the short ‘oo’ sound written in different ways (e.g. look, put, should)
Decodable Strategy: As well as revising previously taught strategies, the focus of this book is to recognize the short ‘oo’ sound in words. Spelling patterns for the short ‘oo’ sound are coded blue to help students notice them. Students will meet these patterns: oo (look, book, cook, hook, wood, hood, good ), u (put, bushes), oul (could, should, would). When students meet these blue spelling patterns, remind them that they will sound like a short ‘oo’.
Non-decodable Words: Vocabulary words: bushes
Important Vocabulary in Text: High-frequency words – one, now, what, have, they’re, know, here, these
Verbs: play, do, look, cook, fishing, make, put, made
Nouns: book, pudding, hook, wood, something, cape, hood, kite, hut, bushes, box, window, door
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