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
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.
Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).
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