Educational videos


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Word Detectives are Back to Find Silent Letters

Many words have silent letters that are not pronounced. This often confuses beginning readers who are learning to decode words.  It is important to familiarize children with these sounds so that they learn to read the words correctly,  A fun crossword puzzle and video are included,
silent b
 silent t
silent h
silent k
silent w
silent l
silent gh
Additional words with silent letters follow

 Silent Letter  Crossword Puzzle

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Consonant Digraphs ph and gh make the sound /f/

When h is joined with p or g,  a consonant digraph is formed.  Ph and gh make  /f/.
ph = /f/
gh = /f/
ph examples

gh examples


slideshow to share with children

Friday, March 30, 2018

Soft g sound - Meet Sedge, the Hedgehog and Angie the Giraffe

Soft g
The letters ge. dge. gi and gy make the soft g sound heard in hedge.  The sound differs from the hard g sound heard in hog.  Meet Sedge, the hedgehog.  Say the words: hedge, hog and then hedgehog.  As students listen to the words they will learn to discriminate between the sounds produced.  Next, have students say the words aloud and then have focus on their mouths as they produce the different sounds.

The story of Sedge, the hedgehog, and Angie, the giraffe
Have children sort soft g words according to their spellings
Soft g words to sort
Comprehension Check

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Self Correcting Digraph Center - RTI

Self Correcting Digraph Center
Picture /Word Cards - The front side displays the picture and the backside displays the word.  In this example, cards were printed twice so (1) students could reference pictures while building the words with magnetic letters and (2) to check their spelling referencing the words while still viewing the pictures.   For students who don't need as much practice print one 2-sided card so(1) students build the word referencing the picture side and (2)  view the backside to check their spelling and make corrections when needed.
Front of card.  Students make the /sh/ digraph words displayed on the picture cards: shed, cash, rush and dash.
Back of Picture Card.  Once children have spelled the words with magnetic letters, they turn the cards over to check their spelling.  To make 2 sided cards print on both sides using the flip pages on short edge.

Additional 2 Sided Cards

Monday, March 19, 2018

RTI lessons to reteach / reinforce knowledge of digraph /sh/ using a magnetic cookie sheet, magnetic container and magnetic letters

Children reference pictures and use magnet letters - blue (consonants) and red (vowels) to make /sh/ digraph words and short vowel /i/.
Children reference pictures and use magnet letters - blue (consonants) and red (vowels) to make /sh/ digraph words -with  short vowel letters - /i/, /o/ or  /u/.
Reference cards and digraph /sh/ cards
Printable reference cards
Printable reference pictures: dish, fish, ship and shot 
Printable  reference pictures: shop, wish, shut 
Fill in the blank practice paper
 Decoding Detective Certificate