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53 reviewed resources for decoding unfamiliar words

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Word Walls for Primary Grades

For Teachers K - 3rd
Every elementary classroom should have a word wall! It reinforces new vocabulary words and their correct spelling! The teacher is given a daily word wall routine that has learners read, chant, and write words. Rhyme and vocabulary...
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Unlocking Words with Context Clues

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Solve the mystery of the missing word with a lesson on context clues. Elementary readers apply their knowledge of word meanings to informational text with unfamiliar words. They determine definitions using context clues and discuss how...
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Practicing Sight words

For Teachers K
Review sight words with readers. They will look over their sight words and come up with sentences for each of them. They also review the alphabet and identify unfamiliar words.
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Word Wonders

For Teachers 1st
First graders discover a way to correct themselves when reading by using the surrounding words for help and the letters as clues to sound out unfamiliar words in sentences. Students listen to a story as the teacher omits words from a...
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Decoding Strategies

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students practice using context clues to decode the meanings of unfamiliar words. In this vocabulary skills lesson, students follow the provided instructions to complete graphic organizers that enable them to decode words in "The...
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Leccion de Espanol 2nd Grade

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders explore Spanish. In this Spanish lesson, pupils decode syllables, use high frequency words and understand vocabulary. They retell the story and predict what words mean.
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Strategies for Determining the Meaning of a Word

For Teachers 1st Standards
What does that word mean? I can sound it out, but it just doesn't make sense. Teach your class a sure fire strategy to combat those pesky unknown words. You'll introduce the concept of context clues through metacognitive modeling,...
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Affix This

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Wait, what am I supposed to affix? Explore the concept of roots/affixes with your class. They use discussion questions to discover the meaning and usage of specific roots and affixes. They watch a video explaining Latin and Greek roots...
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Learn Words About a New Subject

For Teachers K - 8th
Increase academic vocabulary and practice test-taking skills by reading words in context. Elementary schoolers discuss how to approach domain-specific vocabulary as it relates to new subjects. They work with the words classify,...
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Decoding Strategies

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students practice using context clues to decode the meanings of unfamiliar words. In this vocabulary skills lesson, students follow the provided instructions to complete graphic organizers that enable them to decode words in Lewis...
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Using Context

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Teams practice decoding and using context strategies to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words. After verifying the meanings of words through the use of dictionaries, the Internet, thesauruses, and other sources, learners write the...
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Dog on Vacation

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
A guided reading of a story about going on vacation follows a picture walk in which young readers predict what the story will be about. Using their knowledge of beginning sounds, they figure out unfamiliar words. They also make...
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Community Ripple

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Originally designed to be used along with a text that is not included, this plan contains a graphic organizer and word guessing game to help readers use decoding strategies to gain new vocabulary. A set of questions relating to community...
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Take the Prefix Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students form words using prefixes.  In this prefix lesson, students compete in a "prefix challenge" to see which team can combine a set of twelve prefixes with a set of twelve words fastest.  Students enter their words in a word log and...
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At Lightning Speed

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Review how to decode words and practice repeated readings for fluency. Kids review the cover-up method as a way to decode unknown words and then practice reading sentences for fluency and short passages with partners. They record their...
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My Family

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students read a story entitled, "My Family." They predict what they expect to they family will be doing in the book. Students explore strategies for decoding unfamiliar words. They brainstorm things family members might teach each other....
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Out of Sight

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students practice becoming a fluent reader by mastering the art of decoding unfamiliar words and sentences. Working with a partner, they read and reread "Froggy Eats Oats," by Jonathan London with a big palm tree, die-cut monkeys and a...
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The Dog Walker

For Teachers K - 1st
Students discuss the job of a dog walker. For this guided reading lesson, students read The Dog Walker and practice decoding unfamiliar words. Students answer comprehension questions and make connections through writing. 
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Origins of Words

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate the origin of words and how they came to become part of the english language. They recognize the differences between various,prefixes, affixes, and suffixes. Students write different words and present how they came...
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1, 2, 3, Read!

For Teachers K - 1st
Explain to your readers a variety of decoding strategies to improve their reading fluency. They observe the teacher modeling blending, then in pairs take turns reading the book Clifford the Big Red Dog. Learners then time each other...
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Aaaa...Choo!

For Teachers K - 3rd
Help learners distinguish between a sounds, and take a closer look at the short /a/ sound. Learners will use their letter boxes to spell new words using this target sound. Then each learner should read A Cat Nap, by Sheila Cushman. Can...
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Cognitive Dictionary

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Young scholars read the story Nate's Big Hair and identify unfamiliar words and their meanings. In this unfamiliar words lesson plan, students fill out a worksheet, for the word, meaning prediction, actual meaning, and picture.
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Spelling Words

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students practice reading and spelling mono and polysyllabic words using various decoding strategies. Through guided practice, they are introduced to a step-by-step process for reading and spelling familiar and unfamiliar words.
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Skill Lessons – Prefixes and Suffixes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Sometimes the best way to understand a concept is to break it down. Young vocabulary pupils work with word parts in a hands-on activity that prompts them to connect flash cards with affixes to their root and base words. Additionally,...