After students have learned to decode:
- one-syllable and polysyllabic words composed of the basic code; and
- words like “lake”, “Steve”, “like”, “woke” and “mute” containing split digraphs,
it’s time to teach them how to decode words containing the extended code.
Extended code: Where to start?
Written English is alphabetic, but there are 461 possible letter-sound mappings in English, and more than two billion words. Although these facts can be intimidating to teachers and others who are working with students who are learning to read, research shows that, with knowledge of just 64 high frequency graphemes, and around 100 high frequency words, students can read around 90% of the words in texts that they will typically encounter:
In this reading exercise, students read many words containing <ew>, <ui>, and <ue> (e.g. “few”, “suit”, and “Sue”). For efficiency and engagement, we find it best to work on extended code targets like <ew>, <ui> and <ue>while also working on reading fluency (accuracy, speed and expression) with sentences and short passages.
This reading workout is about a pilot named Sue and her crew, including Stewart and Andrew, as they battle ash and the fires of Mount Doom on what was meant to be an easy flight to New Zealand. What will become of the crew? Let’s find out!
This no-prep exercise 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 students to read – including older students with dyslexia and other learning disorders.
We hope your students find this reading exercise useful and engaging as you work with them to learn and master high frequency extended code digraphs like <ew>, <ui> and <ue>.
- I really, really need a Jeep! A silly <ee> and <ea> sentence story workout
- A Gloomy Day In My Room For Yet More Zoom Doom! A Silly <oo> Sentence Workout
- My Brain Plays Every Day in Winter Bay: An <ay>, <ai> Sentence Story Workout
- Should we go on Joe’s boat? An <oa>, <ow> and <oe> Sentence Story Workout
- Why I like my night shift. A <y> and <igh> Sentence Story Workout
This is the first of our decodable digital ‘select-your sequel’ adventure series, focusing on the extended code and increasing reading fluency. Where you decide what happens next.
- Attack of the Eel Beast (<ee> and <ea>)
- The Zoo Druid (<oo> (moon), <oo> (took) and <u_e>)
- The Shark Arcade (<ar> and <a>)
- The Glowing Toad (<oa>, <ow> and <oe>)
- The Blue-Bruised Newt (<ue>, <ui>, and <ew>)
- The Nervous Furnace Workers’ Well-Earned Liberation (<er>, <ur>, <ir>, and <ear>)
- The Awesome Australian Gore-Boar (<aw>, <au>, <or>, <oar> and <ore>)
- The Spoiled Boy (<oi> and <oy>)
- The Scarecrow and Bear Fair in the Land of Nowhere (<air> and <are>)