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First Grade Group 3

These students are already applying phonemic awareness and phonics skills to reading words and text. Depending on the students’ instructional needs, instruction should focus on reading words that begin or end with consonant blends (e.g., stop, mask), words that contain the “silent e” (e.g., bike, made), and/or a combination of both (e.g., snake, spade). In addition, these students need lots of practice reading decodable text to increase their fluency with grade-level text. Writing and spelling activities are another way for the students to practice and for you to monitor the phonics skills that have been taught in small groups. As with the other groups, it is important to further develop their vocabulary and comprehension to enhance their understanding of words.