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Phonics Pathways


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ABOUT THIS BOOK vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xii INTRODUCTION xiii ABOUT PHONICS PATHWAYS 1 GETTING STARTED 3 TEACHING AID: SHORT-VOWEL STICK 4 GAME: SHORT-VOWEL SHUFFLE 5 SHORT-VOWEL SOUNDS 10 GAME: Short-Vowel Review (Bingo) 16 TWO-LETTER BLENDS (Eyerobics) 17 GAME: THE TRAIN GAME 20 GAME: STARSEARCH 37 THREE-LETTER WORDS 39 GAME: BAG THE BUGS 48 PYRAMID 52 /K/ = C-, K-, -CK 53 TWO-CONSONANT ENDINGS 58 -Y SUFFIX 70 TWIN-CONSONANT ENDINGS 74 FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Real and Nonsense Words 75 CONSONANT DIGRAPH ENDINGS: -sh, -th, -ch, -tch 76 FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Consonant Digraph Nonsense Words 83 SIMPLE LONG-VOWEL SOUNDS 90 FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Short- and Long-Vowel Nonsense Words 109 SUFFIXES 110 SUFFIX SPELLING CHART 115 MULTISYLLABLE WORDS 117 /k/ = -ic, -ick 118 DIVIDING MULTISYLLABLE WORDS 119 PLURAL, POSSESSIVE, AND X 121 CONSONANT DIGRAPH BEGINNINGS: sh-, ch-, wh-, th-, qu- 123 TWO-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS: bl-, fl-, pl-, cl-, gl-, sl- 133 FUN AND GAMES 138 TWO-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS : sm-, sn-, st-, sp-, sc-, sk- 139 R-MODIFIED VOWELS 149 LONG-VOWEL DIGRAPHS 159 /S/ = ce, ci, cy: /C/ = ei 173 VOWEL DIPHTHONGS: /oi/ = oi, oy; /ou/ = ou, ow 176 FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: /j/ = -ge, gi-, & -dge Nonsense words 184 -Y, -IE PLUS SUFFIXES 185 -F = -VES 186 NEW VOWEL SOUNDS 188 /OO/ = oo, oul, u; /O/ = au, aw, al, all, o 189 THREE-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS 195 SHORT-VOWEL SPELLING PATTERNS 199 /?/ = ea, a, ai; /?/ = y, ui; /?/ = a; /?/ = o, ou, oo, a 199 SCHWA 203 CONTRACTIONS 206 SILENT LETTERS: -le, k, w, l, b, t, h 208 SILENT GH: /I/ = igh; /O/ = ough, augh; /O/ = ough; /ou/ = ough 213 /A/ SPELLING PATTERNS: /A/ = ei, eigh, ey, ea 216 S = /z/, /zh/, /sh/; /F/ = ph, gh; /K/ = ch 219 ANOTHER R-MODIFIED VOWEL SOUND 224 A SPELLING GRAB BAG 226 Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs 226 Multisyllable Words with Suffixes 228 -ce, -ge; -able, -ible 229 PREFIXES: pre-, sub-, re-, auto-, un-, dis-, inter-, super- 230 MORE SUFFIXES: -tion, -sion, -able, -ness, -ful, -less, -ment 233 COMPOUND WORDS 236 BUILDING BLOCKS 237 APPENDIX A: REFERENCE & SUPPLEMENTAL PRACTICE 243 Spelling Strategies 243 Index to Spelling Rules and Patterns 244 Spelling & Pronunciation Chart 245 Plural Spelling Chart 247 Suffix Spelling Chart 248 Student Achievement Chart 249 Student Progress Notes 250 Vision and Motor Coordination Training Exercises 251 Pyramid 253 APPENDIX B: GAMES AND ACTIVITIES 255 Hot Tips 255 The Short Sheet of Vowels 256 The Shoo-Fly Shuffle (a.k.a. Short-Vowel Shuffle) 257 The Train Game 258 Blendit! (Similar to Bingo) 260 StarSearch 261 Bag the Bugs 262 REVIEWS AND RESULTS 263 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 266

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Using her materials, Dolores G. Hiskes has implemented school and community tutoring programs, such as the highly touted YES Reading Center in Palo Alto, CA. She has tutored reading for over thirty years, and trained teachers from all over the world. Well-published in professional journals and a winner of numerous honors, she publishes a free e-newsletter about teaching reading, called Phonics Talk (

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