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Decoding Strategy Posters – Lower Years

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7 pages (PDF)|Suitable for Grades: K, 1 - 2

A set of 7 posters displaying different decoding strategies.

Students need specific decoding strategies when they are learning to read. Explicitly teaching and practicing each strategy with your students helps build reading fluency and stamina.

Ways to use this resource:

  • Print on tabloid paper and display in your classroom for students to reference when decoding unfamiliar words and texts.
  • Print on letter-size paper and use in your guided reading groups to teach each strategy.
  • Print 2 to a page on cardstock, cut, and place on a binder ring. Place these in your reading center for students to reference during independent reading.

The posters include the following strategies:

  • 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.
  • Trying Lion – Try again. Reread the sentence.
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  Common Core Curriculum alignment

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  • Distribute these role cards to your students to assist them in performing their reciprocal teaching role during reading groups. The reciprocal teaching roles explained on the cards include:

    • the questioner
    • the clarifier
    • the predictor
    • the summariser.
    Check out our blog for hints and tips on how to set up guided reading in the classroom.

    by Stephanie (Teach Starter) Jun 20th, 2017

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