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Phonics and Word Analysis Instruction - Third Grade




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Can the student identify base words and affixes? Help Me Decide Have the student:
(a) identify base words and affixes, and
(b)  use base words and affixes to read multi-syllabic words
Sample- Base Words and Affixes
unhappy, returnable, shipment, careful, priceless, mistrusting
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Can the student read and write multi-syllabic words? Help Me Decide Have the student:
(a) use syllable patterns to read multi-syllabic words, and
(b) use base words and affixes to read multi-syllabic words
Sample- Multi-Syllabic Words
moment, animal, together, refundable, prepayment, indirectly
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Can the student read and write words with complex vowel patterns, digraphs, and consonant blends? Help Me Decide Have the student:
(a) read sentences containing complex vowel patterns, digraphs, and consonant blends, and
(b) write dictated sentences containing complex vowel patterns, digraphs, and consonant blends
Sample- Complex Vowel Patterns
My friends invited me to a sleep over at their house.
I do not want to burn my hand on the hot stove.
Today in school, I learned about reptiles.
Sample- Digraphs
My mother works as a teacher at my school.
In science class, I planted a seed and it grew.
I always eat a banana with my lunch.
Sample- Consonant Blends
The rose is my favorite flower because it is red.
I like to sprinkle candy on my ice cream.
On the first day of school, I was excited.
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Does the student independently use common spelling patterns in writing? Help Me Decide Have the student:
(a)  look at student writing samples to confirm that words with common spelling patterns are written correctly
Does the student self-correct reading errors? Help Me Decide Have the student:
(a) read aloud an unfamiliar text at the studentís instructional level
You will:
(a) listen to confirm that the student recognizes errors, corrects errors, and rereads correctly
For more information refer to the Phonics section.

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