Clarence Central School District

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Helping Children Read Unknown Words

  • Say the beginning sound of the word and then read the rest of the sentence

  • Look for sounds you know

  • Two vowel rule: When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking

  • Take off the suffixes: ed, ing, s

  • Divide between double consonants

  • Look at the picture clues

  • Read-on: Say “blank” and read to the end of the sentence

  • Look for a smaller word within the whole word

  • Back-track: Reread the sentence(s) that come before the word

  • Try the long vowel sound.  Try the short vowel sound.  Which sounds like a word you know?

  • Ask for help