Queen Mab’s Secret

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What’s Queen Mab doing? She has locked herself in her room to work on a secret project.

Author(s): Pauline Cartwright
llustrators: Jo Thapa
Sound Focus ‘qu’

Alignment with Ready to Read Phonics Plus

Emergent Level 7

Colour: Yellow

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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) 150
88 different words. 65 are high-frequency words and 74 are decodable, 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. cut)
• doubled letters = one sound (e.g. dress)
• word endings y, ed, ing (e.g. very, snuggled, picking)
• long vowel spellings at the start, in the middle and at the end of words (e.g. away, throw, cried, room, idea)
• the short ‘oo’ sound written in different ways (e.g. couldn’t, looked)
ng – ‘ng’ sound (e.g. hang)
• the ‘k’ ‘w’ sounds written qu

Decoding Strategy: As well as revising previously taught strategies, the focus of this book is to recognize ‘qu’ in words. Spelling patterns for the ‘qu’ sound are coded blue to help students notice them. Students will meet this pattern in these words: Queen, quite, quietly, quickly, quilt. When students meet these blue spelling patterns, remind them that they will sound like ‘qu’.
NOTE: ‘qu’ is really two sounds – ‘k’ and ‘w’ but in English, these two sounds are almost always written qu so it is easy to work with them as a spelling pattern that sounds like ‘qu’.

Non-decodable Words: High-frequency words: come, for, her, loved, one, stories, there, thought, turns, when, you

Vocabulary words: worked, sew, memory

Important Vocabulary in Text:

Verbs: hang, throw, sew, cut, worked, passed, finished, made, stay, snuggled, picking, took, looked, remembered, told, loved
Nouns: dress, maid, Queen, idea, nights, time, quilt, grandchildren, patch, stories, childhood
Adjectives: memory, new, old

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