Ruby is a tooth fairy who collects children’s teeth when they fall out. But what does she do with them?
Author(s): Joy Allcock, Shanae Forbes
Illustrators: Jo Thapa
Sound Focus: Long ‘u’ and long ‘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) 166
87 different words. 62 are high- frequency words, 53 are decodable and 6 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. went)
• doubled letters = one sound (e.g. called)
• word endings – ed, ing, er, y (e.g. lived, glittering, after, happy)
• ck sounds like ‘k’ (e.g. back)
• short ‘o’ written with an a after a ‘w’ sound (e.g. was)
• long vowel spellings at the start, in the middle and at the end of words
(e.g. Ruby, tooth, flew)
Decoding Strategy: As well as revising previously taught strategies, the focus of this book is to recognise the long ‘oo’ sound in different positions in words. Spelling patterns for the long ‘oo’ sound are coded blue to help students notice them. Students will meet these patterns – oo (tooth, school, afternoon, swooped, scooped, room), u (Ruby, Lulu, Susan), o (to, tonight), ew (flew, jewel). When students meet these blue spelling patterns in words, remind them they will sound like the long ‘oo’.
Non-decodable Words: High-frequency words: once, there, she, school, one, day, her, first, dear, please, tonight, beautiful, after, for, long, every, then, afternoon, out, the, window, that, night, became, places
Vocabulary words: coin, fairy, fairies, tooth, teeth, queen
Important Vocabulary in Text:
Nouns: tooth, teeth, fairy, queen, school, afternoon, room, coin, jewel, dust, places, box
Verbs: lived, collect, lost, looked after, wiggled, jiggled, put, swooped, scooped, left, flew, sprinkled, became, kept
Adjectives: beautiful, golden, glittering
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