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Eighth graders examine long and short vowels and patterns in the direct instruction phonics section of this activity. They work on summarizing the second and third paragraphs of Socrates using keyword outlines. Finally, they review a list of sight words and a word parts chart.
Students write down all short vowel sounds. They read their spelling words and attach them to each short vowel sound. They practice writing each spelling word under each short vowel sound that they have listed on their paper. They discuss the spelling structure of all the words including syllables. They write the words in alphabetical order and identify the words that rhyme.
Pupils explore the use of vowel digraphs. They discuss words that contain vowel digraphs and the patterns that are used. Students discuss single sound digraphs and review the single sound digraphs on a letter-sound correspondence chart. They discuss the spelling patterns used.
Third graders discover that vowel digraphs "ou" can say "ow" like in hound or "oo" like in should. They read the words from a selected list and listen for the vowel sound discussing how the words are similar and different. They then practice decoding and discussing the meaning of unfamiliar words reading a passage with a friend two or three times each.
Second graders find the similarities in word lists as the study the vowel digraphs that will assist them in spelling the words. They practice reading fluency by participating in a repeated reading activity. While working with a partner they record the reading mistakes they make and set goals for improvement on the Reading Fluency Graph which the teacher accesses at the main web site.
Sixth graders participate in a teacher led lesson in which they examine vowel digraphs that have two pronunciations and add to words lists that show example of this type of word. In the text comprehension instruction section students read "Apollo and Daphne" while marking the text when they find word that are difficult to read and those that contain vowel digraphs. They find the keywords and determine if the selection is poetry or prose.
Seventh graders study vowel digraphs in words. They examine vowel digrahs that may have two different pronunciations. They identify the position in which they see a pattern and spell the words. They write the words in their notebooks and find additional words for each pattern using newspapers and textbooks.
Students work as a whole class changing words by changing a vowel sound. The students participate in an oral game in which they use the clues to determine the new word. For example: If a pot were to become a tame family animal, it would be _____. Students change the vowel sound to make pet.