Lily needs her mother to make her a fish outfit for the school play. Will Mrs Rush-Around remember to make it in time?
Author(s): Joy Allcock, Ann-MarieParker
Illustrators: Jo Thapa
Sound Focus: ‘sh’
Alignment with Ready to Read Phonics Plus
Emergent Level 7
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) 199
82 different words, 56 are high-frequency words, 67 are decodable.
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. but)
• doubled letters = one sound (e.g. shopping)
• ck sounds like ‘k’ (e.g. stuck)
• short ‘o’ written with an a after a ‘w’ sound (e.g. washing)
• long vowel spellings at the start, in the middle and at the end of words (e.g. I, play, home, nice)
• ‘sh’ written with the sh pattern
Decoding Strategy: You can use this book to revise previously taught strategies and to teach ‘sh’written sh. When students meet decodable words they cannot read by sight, help them look at the letters and spelling patterns in the word from left to right, and pronounce each sound, then blend the sounds together. You may need to remind them of some letter/spelling pattern-sound links.
For example: washing – ‘w’ – can you remember what the a sounds like when it comes after a ‘w’? – yes a short ‘o’ sound – ‘w’ ‘o’ and here is our blue spelling pattern for the ‘sh’ sound – wash. How do we pronounce the ing on the end? -‘ing’ – washing! shimmery – here is our blue ‘sh’ sound – ‘sh’, ‘i’, two ms sound like one ‘m’ – ‘shim’
How do we pronounce the er – ‘er’. And what does the y sound like on the end of words with more than one syllable? A long ‘e’ – ‘shim’ ‘er’ ‘y’ – shimmery!
Non-decodable Words: High-frequency words: two, lovely, out, shouted, were, there, one, school, said, wrote, door, saw, remembered, they
Important Vocabulary in Text:
Verbs – rushed, folding, wrote, stuck, shouted, looked, chose, cut, shaped, pinned, tucked]
Adjectives – lovely, shiny, shimmery, best
Nouns – fabric, shelves, outfit
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