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Decodable Text Worksheets - Set 1

PDF, Word | 10 pages|Grades: F - 1

A set of 10 decodable text worksheets for early readers.

What are decodable texts?

Decodable texts contain a high percentage of words that use the GPCs (grapheme-phoneme correspondences) that students have already been taught. As students learn more letter-sound relationships, they can read decodable texts of greater complexity.

Texts that focus on the short vowel sound – CVC, CVCC and CCVC words

These 10 texts focus on the five short vowel sounds. The words used most commonly are CVC words, though some CCVC and CVCC words are also used. All of the words used in the text (apart from the tricky words) are decodable and use single grapheme letter-sound correspondences.

What are tricky words?

The top of each worksheet lists the ‘tricky words’ that the students will encounter within the text. A tricky word can be defined as a word that a student cannot decode using their current phonetic knowledge. It is recommended that teachers highlight and discuss these tricky words with the students before commencing the worksheet.

How do I know my students are reading for meaning?

In order to ensure that students have understood what they have read (not just decoded it), a comprehension question is included at the bottom of each worksheet. A simple drawing or writing task related to the text is also included.

What texts are included?

  • The Hot Sun
  • My Pet Dog
  • Pam the Pink Pig
  • The Hot Bun
  • The Big Cut
  • The Ant
  • Sam the Vet
  • The Fat Rat
  • The Red Van
  • Bugs and Slugs

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  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1458

    Use short vowels, common long vowels, consonant digraphs and consonant blends when writing, and blend these to read single syllable wordsElaborationsusing knowledge of letters and sounds to write words with short vowels, for example ‘man’, ...

  • ACELA1817

    Know how to read and write some high-frequency words and other familiar wordsElaborationsknowing how to write some high-frequency words recognised in shared texts and texts being read independently, for example ‘and’, ‘my’, ‘...

  • ACELA1819

    Segment sentences into individual words and orally blend and segment onset and rime in single syllable spoken words, and isolate, blend and manipulate phonemes in single syllable words Elaborations  identifying and manipulating sounds (phone...

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These are fabulous! Would love to see these with increasing levels of complexity

Nette · Jul 17th, 2021


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Bronwyn · Jul 19th, 2021

Lucky Jayawardhana

Love these. Hope Teach Starter will create more sets with increasing difficulty.

Lucky Jayawardhana · Jul 16th, 2021


Hey Lucy! Keep your eyes peeled 😉 Have a great week!

Bronwyn · Jul 19th, 2021

Alisha Mitchell

These are AWESOME! Thank you – Looking forward to more sets 🙂

Alisha Mitchell · Jul 16th, 2021


Thank you, Alisha! The team had a lot of fun creating these!

Bronwyn · Jul 19th, 2021

Corrina Ingle

Love these so much! It is so hard to get resources for students to read.

Corrina Ingle · Jul 15th, 2021

Trish (Teach Starter)

Thanks so much Corrina! I hope these help!

Trish (Teach Starter) · Jul 15th, 2021

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    Addition by Stephanie (Teach Starter) 2 days ago

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