Even though she is full of mischief, Gertie is still a loveable cat.
Author(s): Joy Hay
Illustrators: Philip Webb
Sound Focus: ‘er’
Alignment with Ready to Read Phonics Plus
Early Level 8
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) 165
91 different words. 56 are high-frequency words, 83 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. cat)
• doubled letters = one sound (e.g. furry)
• word endings – er, le, y (e.g. other, purple, really, my)
• long vowel spellings at the start, in the middle and at the end of words
• the ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘th’, ‘ng’ sounds (e.g. shirt, each, thirsty, that, bring)
• the ‘er’ sound written in different ways (e.g. Gertie, third, furry, fur, worst)
Decoding Strategy: As well as revising previously taught strategies, the focus of this book is to recognize the ‘er’ sound in words. Spelling patterns for ‘er’ are coded blue to help students notice them.
Students will meet these patterns: er (Gertie, her, Bert), ir (third, girl, shirt, first, birds, thirsty), ur (fur, curl, purple, curtain), urr (purr, furry), or (worst). When students meet these blue spelling patterns, remind them that they will sound like ‘er’.
Non-decodable Words: High-frequency words: are, have, know, love, when, while Vocabulary words: climb/s
Important Vocabulary in Text:
Verbs: smile, stroke, likes, purr, curl, climb, hunt, brings, say, thirsty, drink, put, love, play
Nouns: cat, fur, tom, lap, shirt, birds, mice, home, milk, dish, kitchen sink, curtain, claw marks, bed, day
Adjectives: third, furry, girl, first, thirsty, purple, worst, best
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