After working on and off (and on and off) for the last few weeks, ALuv officially knows his short u word sort from here.
I’ve listed some of the things he did with short u below. I’m sure we did other things, but I haven’t been documenting so well these days. I don’t know if it’s the pregnancy brain, but I am misplacing things (like the camera) left and right.
One day at lunch, Between the Lions on PBSkids had a little -ug song (“If you can read bug and hug, then you can read _ug and _ug…”) and he was able to read many of the words! Towards the end of the song, it’s a stretch…glug?–I mean, really. 🙂
Carisa’s “I Like Bugs” for the pocket chart- this was a great way to review some of our Word Wall words. Since there are 10 pockets on our pocket chart, I let him choose ten sentences to read. After he read them, he got to change out a few or rearrange other ones and he read it again.
I assessed him by asking him to first re-match the words and pictures, and then he did a blind sort. What is a blind sort? 1. Label columns headers from your sort (I chose -un, -ut, and -ug) to be the headers for his sort. 2. Take all the words cards & shuffle them. 3. You can choose to call out all of the words or you can pick a few from each word family (I picked 3 from each). 4. Without showing the word to the child, call out the words and the child has to write them in the correct column (similar to a spelling test). I’ll admit, he wasn’t too wild about this, especially when I told him I could not help him in any way; but he did it!
He “retired” his short u words by gluing them into his Word Study notebook. We’ll use our Word Study notebook as a resource when he needs reminding of the short u pattern in his reading or writing down the road.
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