What to do
- Let's meet some more words that try to trick you: when you try to sound them out, it doesn't work.
- Write the first irregular word--take your as an example--on the board in letters at least a foot high or, for a small group, show students the index card printed word. This word is your. What's the word? That's right. Can you spell your? Help students spell the word. Right. What word did you spell? Correct: Your.
- Continue with the other irregular words you are introducing for this session.
- Now create a random arrangement of the new words on the board. Here are all the words we just learned. When I point to a word, say it. My turn first. Point to a series of words and read them.
- Your turn. Ready? Point to words randomly, holding on each one for a few seconds. Have students respond as a group, and then give students individual turns. If students attempt to sound out a word before saying it, say: Remember, these are trick words, so you can't sound them out. Can you say this word without sounding out? Try it.
- If students mispronounce a word, model the correct way to say it and have them try again. Keep going until everyone has it.