(we had been working on -ing ending words with our Word Wizard books).
One of the words was “bring” and a student was confused on how to start the word until I said it began like “brother”, and then he knew! And this is a student who is a very limited reader/writer in English.
So I knew if we had a reference sheet, the students would be better able to make these connections and become familiar with consonant blends in English.
Plus, my students just love reference charts. Is your class like that too?
I tried to use some more complicated word features as well (compound words, different vowel sounds, word endings, etc.) so the words would be more appealing for my higher-level ELL students, while the pictures and initial blends would (hopefully) benefit my more limited English proficient students.
These charts print onto two pages and feature consonant blends only. I plan to make more charts featuring digraphs and other phonetic patterns once this chart has been introduced and utilized in class.
My wall space is getting pretty limited, so I probably won’t post it on the wall…
…but each student is going to get a laminated copy of this chart and it will become the back cover to their Word Wizards books (the green link has more information on this new spelling system we use).
Here’s a preview of the entire chart (so you can see if it’s something you would like to download):
I have to tell you something before sharing the link…Kelli from Castles and Crayons has a beautiful blends and digraphs chart that I saw after I had created mine. I dropped her a line because my chart also features Thistlegirl graphics and wanted to see if she minded if I had shared my version. She was so sweet, of course, and said she did not mind at all. Her chart is excellent and is featured for free on her TPT store–you must check hers out as well (click the green link above)! Thanks again, Kelli!
Ok, I feel like I ALWAYS say “I hope this is something you can use, blahblahblah”, but I really do hope it is!
Actually, I would love it (if you have a second) to hear if it is something you might use and what grade you would use it with.
Thanks for reading and take care 🙂