Wondering how to teach guided phonics with decodable readers in your Kindergarten, 1st grade, or 2nd grade classroom? This is it! This vowel teams decodable readers unit features vowel teams and vowel team syllables. It aligns with research from the science of reading (SOR) and uses research-based practices to make guided phonics fun and effective!
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This unit [Unit 9] contains 21 vowel teams decodable readers. These ending blends decodable books are meant to scaffold upon prior learning from units 1-8. This units included cvc, digraphs, beginning blends, VCe words, ending blends, and r-controlled vowels, so those skills will appear in this unit.
The vowel team decodable books build upon each other in a systematic way. Each book will only contain the skills taught in previous books. As more skills are introduced in the unit, the books will increase in difficult.
21 decodable readers are included – 20 fiction decodable readers and 1 nonfiction decodable reader.
⭐DIGITAL Books will be added next week! Distance learning or low on ink and paper and need a digital books option? Books formatted for Google Slides™ and images you can insert right into Seesaw™ are included.
Do these vowel teams decodable readers have differentiation options? Each book has two version – decodable books with pictures and decodable books without pictures. For the decodable readers without pictures, students will read the book and then sequence and glue the story pictures in.
Vowel teams decodable passages are also included for a no prep, one page option.
Do these decodable readers have small group lesson plans? Each book has a two-day small group reading lesson plan included. You can shorten these to one day if desired.
Each 2-day decodable readers guided reading lesson in this unit includes:
•Optional Sight Word Mapping
•Story Retelling or Comprehension Questions
This vowel teams phonics unit includes:
•Reading Strategy Posters
•High Frequency Word Mapping
•21 Vowel Teams Decodable Readers (2 versions each)
•Decodable Passages for Each Book
•Guided Writing Notebook
•Materials and posters to teach vowel team syllables
•Pre-test and Post-test Assessment – being added next week!
VOWEL TEAMS DECODABLE READERS INCLUDED:
Book 1: Rainy Day – ai
Book 2: Fishing with Tim – ai
Book 3: Stormy Day – schwa sound
Book 4: At the Bay – ay
Book 5: May Day – ay
Book 6: The Class Garden – ee
Book 7: Picnic – ee
Book 8: At the Beach – ea
Book 9: Beekeeping – vowel team syllables
Book 10: The Field Trip – ie as long e
Book 11: Farm Chores – oa
Book 12: The Soccer Game – oa
Book 13: Mowing the Grass – ow
Book 14: Gardening with Mom – ow
Book 15: The Nest – igh
Book 16: A Night Hike – ea as long a
Book 17: The Bike Ride – ie as long i
Book 18: The Missing Toad – ind
Book 19: Sea Fishing – ue
Book 20: Making Juise – ui
Book 21: My Garden – Nonfiction decodable reader
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why are these decodable readers small group units called “guided reading?” These science of reading aligned units are meant to help you rethink and redefine what guided reading looks like in your classroom! Instead of using leveled readers and teaching guessing strategies, you will teach reading in a systematic way using decodable readers that build as students learn new phonics skills?
Can I use these vowel teams decodable readers out of order? It is not suggested to use the decodable readers or the science of reading curriculum units out of order because the books and units are designed to build off one another. Books increase in difficulty and skill as the units progress.
Do I have to use every part of the lesson plan? No, you can use what works best for your students and what you have time for.
Can I use these science of reading aligned lessons for whole group instruction? Yes. Although it is recommended to use these in differentiated reading small groups for best results, these phonics lessons and decodable readers can still be used whole group.
Do I have to use every book in this unit? No, I suggest assessing your students frequently to see where they are. If students have already mastered a skill, you might move on to the next lesson or unit. A pre-test and post-test is included.
What skills are covered in this unit?
- Vowel teams
- Vowel team syllables in multisyllabic words
- Schwa sound