Sunday, November 29, 2015

It's All About Those Chunks

It's all about them chunks!  Or at least for some of my reading groups it is!  One important step in reading strategies is being able to see words in chunks and not individual sounds.  So we have a LOT of Chunky Monkey going on!

Chunky Monkey is one of our reading strategy posters that hang in my room to remind students of what they can do to help themselves in a tricky or confusing part when they are reading.

I also have reading strategy bookmarks in each of our small group materials baskets.  These bookmarks come out and sit beside the students when they read to remind them to help themselves.

We've also used Post It notes to record the words we used the Chunky Monkey strategy.  This activity really helps students apply what they have learned and visually show it.

Once students have been taught to read and spell in chunks, they need some practice at it.  This is a picture of Chunk Its Short Vowels.  Students color the picture, glue in the chunks and write the word as a whole part.  That is important that they move across the continuum from individual sounds to chunks, to whole words.  Then they apply this knowledge by reading a sentence and highlighting the chunks.  Students show comprehension by doing a quick sketch of the sentence.

This Chunk Its the short vowel resource in a set of 4 Chunk Its.

Then they are ready to move on to consonant blends and digraphs.  Which is the next set of Chunk Its.

There is a Chunk Its CVCe Long Vowels too!  


One area that students really need to take time to build and strengthen is multisyllabic words.  This Chunk Its does that with short vowel 2 syllable words.  They get practice with compound words, double consonants, and breaking 2 syllable words where at least one of the syllables has a short vowel sound.   I have also bundled all 4 of the Chunk It resources into one bundle to help save you some money.  You can click any of the pictures to be taken to see these resources and how they can help your students practice moving out of individual sounds and into chunks of sound!