Walter and the Wasps

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Wasps don’t like their nests to be disturbed. Find out what happens to Walter when he digs one up!


Author(s): Joy Allcock
Illustrators: Philip Webb
Sound Focus: Short ‘o’ after ‘w’

Alignment with Ready to Read Phonics Plus

Emergent Level 6

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) 123
68 different words. 46 are high-frequency words, 48 are decodable and 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. sat)
• doubled letters = one sound (e.g. swimming)
• verbs that have ed and ing suffixes (e.g. buzzed, yelping)
• short ‘o’ written with an a after a ‘w’ sound (e.g. was, washing, watching, want, what, Walter, wasp, wasps)
Decoding Strategy: As well as practising previously learned decoding strategies, this book focuses on teaching the short ‘o’ sound written with an a when it follows a ‘w’ sound. The a is coded blue when it represents a short ‘o’ sound, to help students notice it. Remind readers of the previously taught letter-sound conventions if necessary when they meet them in this text. Write these high-frequency words on the board before reading – was, want, what, watch, wash and ask students what sound they can hear after the ‘w’. Show them how this short ‘o’ sound looks in these words.

Explain that if they see a letter a in blue in this story, it will sound like the short ‘o’ and it will always be after a ‘w’ sound. Help readers sound out each letter or spelling pattern in the decodable words if they need to so that they can blend the sounds together to pronounce the words.

Non-decodable Words: High frequency words: again, around, everywhere, home, know, our, something, the, their, they, watching, what, with, down

Vocabulary words: suddenly, washed

Important Vocabulary in Text:

Verbs – swimming, watching, jumped, ran, dug, buzzed, yelping, yapping, washed
Nouns – nest, lumps, vet, track

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