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Decoding Strategy Posters – Lower Years

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 8 pages | Years: F - 2

A set of 8 posters displaying different decoding strategies.

Display this set of posters in your class for students to refer to when reading unfamiliar texts. Each poster contains an animal and a specific decoding strategy. The posters include:

  • Eagle Eye – Look at the pictures to help you read the words.
  • Stretchy Snake – Sound out the letters of the word. Then blend them together.
  • Lips the Fish – Use your lips to make the first sound.
  • Skippy Frog – Hop over a word you are not sure of, and then leap back.
  • Chunky Monkey – Look for chunks that make sounds you know.
  • Flippy Dolphin – Change the vowel sound to be long or short.
  • Tryin’ Lion – Try again. Re-read the sentence.
  • Helpful Kangaroo – Try all the other strategies before asking for help.


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  • Claire Cripps

    These posters do not align with any best practice approaches. The cognitive load of remembering which animal/name doesn't support beginning readers to apply strategies. Unfortunately, they are used by beginning teachers who do not yet have the knowledge and are looking for resources to support them - it is very hard to undo this learning and implement strategies which are research and evidence based.

    • Holly (Teach Starter)

      Hi Claire, thanks so much for your feedback. This is definitely something that is on our radar and as a company, we have started to write many blogs and create resources that are research-based and best practice, such as our Science of reading blogs and our reading strategy bookmarks that we created in consultation with an expert. Here's one of the blogs - ttps://www.teachstarter.com/au/blog/what-teachers-should-know-about-the-science-of-reading-research/ and just one of the resources https://www.teachstarter.com/au/teaching-resource/science-of-reading-decoding-strategy-bookmarks-and-poster/. I will pass your feedback onto our management team. Thank you so much for your comment - we appreciate it!

  • Julie Doust

    Unfortunately these do not align with the Science of Reading...and encourage students to guess words.

    • Holly (Teach Starter)

      Hi Julie, thanks so much for your comment. Whilst these posters do not align with the Science of Reading, we are beginning to create resources to support teachers that may be using the Science of Reading research to navigate the teaching of reading in their classrooms. If you have any ideas of resources we could create, we would love for you to pop in a resource request by following this link - https://www.teachstarter.com/suggest-a-resource/ The more information you can give us about what you are looking for the better. Thanks again for your comment and we look forward to hearing your resource ideas. Kind regards, Holly

  • Elizabeth Briske

    These are super cute and very clear and uncluttered. I like them a lot!

    • Tom (Teach Starter)

      Hi Elizabeth, Glad to hear you like this resource! Our designer Sam loved illustrating the cute little animals. I'm sure these posters will look great in your classroom!