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Silent-letter word fluency

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Activity Type: Build Fluency
Activity Form: Standard
Grade: 1
Group Size: Small Group, Whole Class
Length: 5 minutes
Materials: Silent-letter word index cards (print them here)
Goal: Given a written word with a silent letter, the student can say the word with automaticity ( lamb -> "lamb" ).
Items: Silent-letter words such as wrap, lamb, knee, sock, wrong, knot, answer, ticket, stick

What to do

  1. Assemble a stack of around 12 index cards with silent-letter words printed on them. (Once students are comfortable with silent-letter words, you might include in the pack some words the students already know.)
  2. Now let's play a game. We're going to try to go through this stack of cards as fast as we can, saying the word on each card. Let's see how fast we can go. Remember, some letters stay silent when you read the word. My turn first.
  3. Next, model taking the top card off the stack, showing it to the students, and saying the word after a pause. Continue through the stack.
  4. Do you think you can go faster than I did? Call on a single student in the group, starting with a student you think may be slower. Show the first card: What's the word? If the student is incorrect, correct him, have him repeat your answer, and move to the next card. Praise correct answers.
  5. Select the next quicker student, and repeat until all students in the group have worked through the stack.
  6. Okay, now let's go faster. Shuffle the stack of cards and repeat with students in the same order, but encourage them to go faster.
  7. If time and focus allow, shuffle and repeat at an even faster pace.
  8. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.

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