This past week, we continued to focus on how to decode tricky words while we’re reading. We reviewed the strategies from last week and if we still need help, then when we come to a tricky word, we skip it (Skippy the Frog) and read the rest of the sentence. Once we have read to the end of the sentence, we try it again (Tryin’ Lion) from the beginning of the sentence and make a good guess for the tricky word (using the context clues from the sentence).
The kids have now met: Lips the Fish, Eagle Eye, Chunky Monkey, Stretchy the Snake, Flippy the Dolphin, Skippy the Frog, and Tryin’ Lion. That is quite a list of strategies. But, most importantly, when they have tried a strategy and have a good guess of what they think their tricky word is…they NEED to be careful. Careful Caterpillar checks to make sure that their guess makes sense, looks right, and sounds right. When the kids guess a tricky word, they need to ask themselves those three questions to self check and make sure that their word makes sense, looks right, and sounds right. If it does, great! If it doesn’t, then good readers keep trying to figure it out!