English is Weird

This is one section of a Phonics Kit that you can create. Many of the resources are provided by the websites below for personal or classroom use. See the full Phonics Kit post for more resources!

English is weird, oh yes, it is! There are vowels that can be spelled in lots of different ways, consonants that can have different sounds, and lots of exceptions. The rules are more like guidelines that give us a clue.

Slideshare Credits

Charts from Boostforreaders.com
Short/Long Chart: First Grade Wow
Bossy R: carlscorner.us.com
Defender D & FLOSS Rule: maketaketeach.com (exceptions to FLOSS rule: gas, bus, yes)
Schwa: http://www.logicofenglish.com
Synonym/Antonyms: vocabularypage.com
Homograph/Homophones: heerenshappenings2.blogspot.com

Strategies for Reading


Be Aware of Schwa

Schwa is a light “uh” sound that can be made by any vowel. It is the most common sound in the English language.

WATCH Schwa (2:12)

Sheriff Schwa Worksheet from teachchildrenesl.com

Please note that many online games require Flash and may not work well on some tablets and smartphones. It can be helpful to download the Puffin browser.

PLAY Online Game: Treasure Behind the Mask at Sadlier-Oxford

Note: read about short U & the schwa sound at the ChallengeoflearningUSEnglish

Sight Words

Phonics guidelines can often be helpful, but there are some words that are not easily decodable.

Sight words are frequently found in written text, and many are not decodable with phonics guidelines

WATCH 100 Sight Words (12:09) Kids vs Phonics Sight Words (4:45)

Fry Sight Word lists from K12reader

Fry Sight Word lists from Utah Education Network (create printable lists with printfriendly.com)

Dolch Sight Word lists & punch cards from First Grade Parade

Dolch Sight Word lists from K5stars

Dolch Portable Word Wall from First Grade is a Hoot

1st 75 Dolch Words to print on address labels from Make, Take, Teach

Printable Sight Word flashcards from sightwords.com

Illustrated Sight Word cards from Research Parent

READ Phrases with Fry Instant Words from http://www.uen.org, Fry Fluency Sentences from Curriculum Corner, Sight Word Sentences (Dolch) from Listen Write & Read (pdf)

PLAY Printable: Roll a (sometimes silly) Sight Word Sentence from the dailyplanit, Battling for Sight Word Treasures from Liz’s Early Learning Spot, Gone Fishing editable Sight Words from thisreadingmama, Sight Word Scrabble from craftnectar. (The last two may not fit easily in the portable Phonics Kit, but look fun!)

Please note that many online games require Flash and may not work well on some tablets and smartphones. It can be helpful to download the Puffin browser.

PLAY Online Practice with audio: Sight Words Audible and Word Birds at mrnussbaum, Online Games at Education.com and dolchword.net. Spelling City has online games for both Dolch & Fry sight words.

For even more resources, check out my reading board at Pinterest.



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