Dyslexia Teacher Resources
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What is Dyslexia?
One in five people are affected by dyslexia, yet many do not understand what this identification actually means. Explore the varied ways in which dyslexia affects individuals, and learn about the widespread neurodiversity that exists in humans while explaining to your young learners the importance understanding others' perspectives.
Decoding the First Alphabets: Not as Simple as A, B, C
Explore early writing systems and their significance in understanding the development of past civilizations. In groups, learners research early writing systems and then present their findings to the rest of the class. They teach their classmates how to write their names in the early style of writing.
Decode and Write Words with More Than One Syllable
First, second, and third graders are told that they are going to read and write words with more than one part or syllable. They watch and listen as the teacher writes the word sunset. They listen as the teacher says the first part of the word sunset. They use letter cards as a visual aid to decode and write compound words.
Magic E: Decoding/Encoding With CVC & CVCE
Elementary learners improve their reading and spelling skills by better understanding the relationship of the decoding and encoding processes as they apply them to one-syllable words. After a lecture/demo, 1st graders practice using a worksheet imbedded in this plan.
Reading Strategies for Decoding Tricky Words
Help primary school pupils learn valuable reading strategies. As they choral read a poster or big book, they predict covered words and learn various reading strategies for figuring out an unknown word. This will help them gain an understanding of the alphabetic principle of associating sounds with letters in order to decode tricky words. Strategies taught include: using context, rereading, using pictures, and chunking. This could benefit your English language learners, too!
New! Daily Lesson Plan for a Struggling Reader
Strategy-based programs that are executed with consistency are the best for achieving growth in any learner with a learning disability. Here is a seven-step lesson plan that is highly structured and is intended to help learners with significant struggles in reading. It includes with brain integration exercises, decoding practice, dictation, sight words, prereading, and oral reading, and finishes off with comprehension training. Any pre-service teacher or new special educator would be pleased to use a plan as well-developed and thoughtfully designed as this one.
Secret Writing Devices
Elementary and middle schoolers explore the world of secret writing, otherwise known as cryptography. After an interesting introduction to the activity, learners utilize a decoder badge which uses the St. Cyr cipher - which is a cipher named after a French military academy where it was taught in the 1800s. Everyone learns how to construct his very own secret message using the decoder badge. The innovative instructional activity has everything you need to successfully implement it with your class.
What's It Say?
The skills of decoding, word recognition, oral reading, phonemic awareness, and writing are all covered in this terrifc language arts lesson for 1st graders. In it, pupils discover that letters are written symbols for sounds. They work with print to help them read words, retell a story, and create one of their own. This lesson has everything you need in it for successful implementation. A rich educational experience, for sure!
Decoding Information From the Catalog
Fifth graders identify the parts of a print catalog record as a way to find information and the location of a book in the media center. They complete a worksheet about decoding a catalog record, complete a Mad Libs activity online, and work in pairs to complete a "Catalog Mad-Lib Record" activity. They locate items using the media materials.
Diving into Iceland's Genetic Pool
Investigate ethical issues surrounding the Decode project in Iceland. Middle and high schoolers take the positions of the Icelandic government, scientific researchers, and citizens and defend or refute the Decode project in a Reykjavik town hall meeting.
Famous People With Dyslexia
Pupils map out a plan of how schools could become more dyslexic friendly. Students create a portfolio on famous people who have overcome dyslexia and developed their talents.
Third graders complete their KWL charts from the first lesson of the unit as a review for the summative. Then they decode a secret message using the four basic components of DNA, adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine.
Fourth graders use their decoding machine to find the value of their spelling words. Encourage partners to create a message for each other to decode.
Skills Review: Decoding
In this decoding worksheet, students mark long and short vowel sounds, read a short story, noticing decoding exceptions, circle decoding exceptions in sentences, complete a matching activity and unscramble decoding exception words.
New! How to Improve Eye Tracking to Make Reading Easier
Children with dyslexia may have issues with their eye tracking ability and this may cause problems when they read. Here is a set of three easy steps you can use to improve a learner's eye tracking. The idea is that some kids need help in developing eye coordination, which helps the eye and the brain work together.
Which Colored Filter Will Decode a Secret Message?
Students investigate how to create secrete messages through filters. They view pictures with red and green filters and discuss what they observe. They select the color filter that works best to read secret messages. They view pictures through different filters to decode hidden messages.
Phonics: Decoding Words in Connected Text
Decoding words in connected text can make emergent readers really feel like they are great readers. They work as a class to sound out simple cvc words located in super short sentences. Tip: Extend this activity by having a variety of high frequency words available for individual learners to switch in and out of sentence frames. The whole class can work to gether to read each persons simple sentence.
Decode and Write Words with More Than One Syllable
Practice sounding out multi-syllable words with this scaffolded lesson. Learners decode words by segmenting them into phonemes and combining the sounds. Your lines are in bold here, but you can easily use this simply as an outline instead of a script. Begin by modeling this skill, then guide learners to practice themselves. The class writes the word as they sound it out and counts phonemes together. Adaptations for multiple skill levels are provided here.
Phonics: Decode and Write Words
Sounding out individual phonemes and blending them to make a word is usually one of the first tasks mastered when learning to read. Make master decoders out of your learners, they sound out a series of simple two and three-letter cvc words, counting phonemes as they go.
Blue Ribbon Readers: Monitoring and Repairing
An online interactive activity encourages young readers to employ the monitoring/repairing strategy to become better readers. Class members identify unfamiliar words, decode them, and use them in other contexts.