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Spell and Read Words w/the Sound /er/ Like in “Earth" - "Word Attack" Strategy

We will learn all the different ways the sound /er/ is spelled in our language and connect that knowledge to word attack skills. Try this class with a $5 discount! See details below.
Paula Smith -Spelling,Reading
542 total reviews for this teacher
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This class will focus on the eleven different ways we have to spell the sound /er/ like in the word "earth". Students will sort a word list of /er/ words into the different spellings, paying careful attention to the exact letters that represent that sound. We then connect how knowing these spellings helps them read new words that include them. For example, knowing that /er/ can be spelled with 'OUR', a student can figure out a new word like JOURNEY much faster than if they tried to sound out each individual letter. We will also discuss other sounds that some of the eleven spellings represent as well, and how to cope with them when decoding new words.
This is one of my most eye-opening lessons I teach within the Phono-graphix method of teaching reading. It makes students very aware of why our language can be difficult to read and spell. I have been teaching this lesson with my private students for over 20 years and I've seen great improvements with student reading after this lesson.
Students will generate their own lists of /er/ words from their daily reading and sort them into their lists. Completed work can be shared with the teacher for feedback. Feedback will also include a recommendation for other classes that are related to these skills.
The student only needs pencil and paper for this lesson. Documents will be provided in the classroom.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Paula Smith -Spelling,Reading
Lives in the United States
Certified Teacher and Reading Therapist, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
542 total reviews
638 completed classes

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