Develop decoding skills and improve reading fluency with our Decoding Words Lesson Plan. Students will be able to know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis in decoding new words. Using 8th grade level words, students leverage peer learning to both pronounce and attempt to identify the meaning of the words.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Display a word students in the class will not know how to pronounce, nor will they know the meaning of the word. (It may be an imaginary word.) Ask: Can anyone pronounce this word? What is its meaning? Has anyone seen this word before?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Display the word in a sentence. Ask students again if they can pronounce it or discover its meaning. Ask students if they have a strategy for learning how to read a new word.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Read the word and sentence aloud. Introduce Decoding Words to the class.
- Distribute Decoding Words content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Demonstrate decoding with additional examples during the content reading. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Allow students time to decode each of the 8th-grade level words. For many of the words, the students will know the definitions, but they may not know how to pronounce them. Tell students this is decoding practice, and it is okay if they do not know the meanings of the words.
- Once all students have completed the activity, pairs of students will share the pronunciation of the words, and if possible, guess the meanings.
- Distribute Practice page. Review the instructions. Check the correct order of steps, and students read aloud the sentences w/nonsense words. Ask students how they knew the meaning of each nonsense word.
- Distribute the Homework page. Review the instructions. The next day, check and review the first two parts of the assignment with the students.
- In closing, ask: What are your all-time favorite and least favorite words? Why?
- Allow for responses and discussion. (Words students choose should not include proper nouns, like places or names.)
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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