We’ve already learned so much about being a great decoder and how important it is to use many strategies to figure out tricky words. This week, we tried to push ourselves even more as readers by learning a new strategy that taught us how to break apart words into syllables, so we could decode multi-syllable words. This new strategy had a special name: SPOT & DOT!!!
Before we could try SPOT & DOT we had to develop our understanding of a syllable. We learned that words can be split apart into syllables and every syllable has its own vowel sound. (This vowel sound is sometimes made up of a vowel all by itself. Other times it’s made up of a team of vowels working together.) Since our SPOT & DOT strategy works with words that contain two or more syllables, we studied several words and tried to predict if they had only one syllable or many syllables.
Next, we were ready to SPOT & DOT. We followed the steps below:
After Step 3, we swooped our fingers under each syllable to read the word.
We tried reading many 2-syllable and 3-syllable words as a class before the kids tried some on their own. We will continue practicing this strategy next week as we tackle some of the tricky multi-syllable words the kids find in their own books.