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65 reviewed resources for decoding unfamiliar words

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Word Walls for Primary Grades

For Teachers K - 3rd
Every elementary classroom should have a word wall! It reinforces new vocabulary words and their correct spelling! The teacher is given a daily word wall routine that has learners read, chant, and write words. Rhyme and vocabulary...
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Base Words

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
A presentation on how to determine base words, prefixes, suffixes, and how to use decoding strategies is here for you. Pupils are given a lot of information and clues on how to decode words that are unfamiliar to them. Two of the slides...
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Unlocking Words with Context Clues

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Solve the mystery of the missing word with a lesson on context clues. Elementary readers apply their knowledge of word meanings to informational text with unfamiliar words. They determine definitions using context clues and discuss how...
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Practicing Sight words

For Teachers K
Review sight words with readers. They will look over their sight words and come up with sentences for each of them. They also review the alphabet and identify unfamiliar words.
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Decoding Strategies

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students practice using context clues to decode the meanings of unfamiliar words. In this vocabulary skills lesson, students follow the provided instructions to complete graphic organizers that enable them to decode words in "The...
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Understanding Hard Words

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Two strategies for decoding unfamiliar words are featured on a worksheet that illustrates how to use the parts of words (prefix, root, and suffix) and context to determine meaning. Examples are included as is a guided practice exercise.
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Leccion de Espanol 2nd Grade

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders explore Spanish. For this Spanish lesson, pupils decode syllables, use high frequency words and understand vocabulary. They retell the story and predict what words mean.
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Strategies for Determining the Meaning of a Word

For Teachers 1st Standards
What does that word mean? I can sound it out, but it just doesn't make sense. Teach your class a sure fire strategy to combat those pesky unknown words. You'll introduce the concept of context clues through metacognitive modeling,...
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Affix This

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Wait, what am I supposed to affix? Explore the concept of roots/affixes with your class. They use discussion questions to discover the meaning and usage of specific roots and affixes. They watch a video explaining Latin and Greek roots...
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Learn Words About a New Subject

For Teachers K - 8th
Increase academic vocabulary and practice test-taking skills by reading words in context. Elementary schoolers discuss how to approach domain-specific vocabulary as it relates to new subjects. They work with the words classify,...
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Decoding Strategies

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students practice using context clues to decode the meanings of unfamiliar words. In this vocabulary skills instructional activity, students follow the provided instructions to complete graphic organizers that enable them to decode words...
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Using Context

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Teams practice decoding and using context strategies to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words. After verifying the meanings of words through the use of dictionaries, the Internet, thesauruses, and other sources, learners write the...
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Dog on Vacation

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
A guided reading of a story about going on vacation follows a picture walk in which young readers predict what the story will be about. Using their knowledge of beginning sounds, they figure out unfamiliar words. They also make...
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Compound Words - Individual Activities

For Students 3rd - 4th
In these compound word worksheets, students engage in numerous activities to reinforce what they have learned about compound words. Nine learning exercise provide various means of reinforcing the concept including word puzzles and...
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Community Ripple

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Originally designed to be used along with a text that is not included, this plan contains a graphic organizer and word guessing game to help readers use decoding strategies to gain new vocabulary. A set of questions relating to community...
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Take the Prefix Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students form words using prefixes.  In this prefix lesson, students compete in a "prefix challenge" to see which team can combine a set of twelve prefixes with a set of twelve words fastest.  Students enter their words in a word log and...
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At Lightning Speed

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Review how to decode words and practice repeated readings for fluency. Kids review the cover-up method as a way to decode unknown words and then practice reading sentences for fluency and short passages with partners. They record their...
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My Family

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students read a story entitled, "My Family." They predict what they expect to they family will be doing in the book. Students explore strategies for decoding unfamiliar words. They brainstorm things family members might teach each other....
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The Dog Walker

For Teachers K - 1st
Students discuss the job of a dog walker. In this guided reading lesson, students read The Dog Walker and practice decoding unfamiliar words. Students answer comprehension questions and make connections through writing. 
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Out of Sight

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young scholars practice becoming a fluent reader by mastering the art of decoding unfamiliar words and sentences. Working with a partner, they read and reread "Froggy Eats Oats," by Jonathan London with a big palm tree, die-cut monkeys...
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Origins of Words

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars investigate the origin of words and how they came to become part of the english language. They recognize the differences between various,prefixes, affixes, and suffixes. Students write different words and present how they...
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1, 2, 3, Read!

For Teachers K - 1st
Explain to your readers a variety of decoding strategies to improve their reading fluency. They observe the teacher modeling blending, then in pairs take turns reading the book Clifford the Big Red Dog. Learners then time each other...
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Aaaa...Choo!

For Teachers K - 3rd
Help learners distinguish between a sounds, and take a closer look at the short /a/ sound. Learners will use their letter boxes to spell new words using this target sound. Then each learner should read A Cat Nap, by Sheila Cushman. Can...
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Cognitive Dictionary

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students read the story Nate's Big Hair and identify unfamiliar words and their meanings. In this unfamiliar words lesson plan, students fill out a worksheet, for the word, meaning prediction, actual meaning, and picture.