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Teaching Tips: Decoding Strategies

Learn about decoding strategies for young readers. Find out what decoding strategies are and why they are so important. Also includes teaching tips, handouts for students, and online activities. There are links to eThemes resources on sight words and contextual clues.


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Clifford the Big Red Dog has phonics fun activities to reinforce short-vowel sounds and sound-spellings. Interactive activities are paired with traditional learning.
Work with students to expand their vocabulary and decode unfamiliar words through developing an understanding of morphemes.
This mini lesson reinforces the short /u/ sound. A link to Phonemic Awareness Assessment Tools is provided.
Use the interactive activity, Word Family Sort, to provide students practice with short-vowel word families. Use the book, "The Magic Hat" by Mem Fox to reinforce the skill.
These instructional podcasts and videos by experts in the reading field will help educators learn tips for working with children.
This professional article provides tips for teaching decoding. Ideas for children, parents and teachers are given
Scroll down to read how to help young readers develop decoding strategies.
Learn more about the importance of decoding in this research-based article.
This decoding lesson focuses on syllables: what is a syllable?; six common syllable spelling patterns; and closed syllables.
On this website young students can choose a story and practice using decoding strategies to learn the words. At the end of each story is a word game.
Here are PDF files that can be downloaded to practice decoding skills.
These websites have lists and activities that will help students learn sight words. There are many quizzes and games. Also learn why it is so important that students learn sight words.
These sites focus on using contextual clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. The sites introduce different types of contextual clues and strategies on using the clues. Exercises, lesson plans, and a song are included. There are links to eThemes resources on Text Structures, Teaching Tips for Decoding Strategies, Synonyms and Antonyms, and Prefixes and Suffixes.

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