Has your student mastered the very important foundation skill of reading Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) words using the basic code?
Can your student now read sentences like this one?
“Pat the sad cat. He bit the nut and got ill! The cat will go and nap!”
If so, it’s high time to level up to Consonant-Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CCVC) words.
This sentence-level workout is about a cheeky boy called Stan. As you will see, Stan does some very naughty and silly things. Although he can be a bit of a rascal, his family (and our students) love him!
Featuring 82 short sentences, this workout is loaded with CCVC words that use the basic code (with very few digraphs, split digraphs or diphthongs).
We wrote these sentences to help practice blending and segmenting words with four letter-sounds. They can be used for:
- decoding practice; or
- word or sentence level written dictation (encoding) practice.
While illustrated, we have designed the sentences to discourage guessing from context or pictures, and to instead promote the phonological awareness skills most correlated with reading outcomes, namely letter-sound links, blending and segmenting skills.
We’ve also worked hard to make the sentences motivating for children to read – including for children with dyslexia and other learning disorders.
We hope your students find Stan’s sentences useful as you work with children to master CCVC words using the basic code.
More information and resources
For free, evidence based on effective reading instruction, check out these articles:
- Is your child struggling to read? Here’s what works
- Too many children can’t read. We know what to do, but how should we do it?
For free, decodable stories focusing on the basic code, check out: Is your Kindy kid really reading? Find out with our 7 free mini stories
For our ‘Select-your-Sequel’ adventure series of decodable texts for 7-12 year-olds focusing on the extended code and reading fluency – including the free first book – check out The Scatter-Slayer Adventures.