Teaching the CK rule

One of the hardest spelling rules for my firsties is when to use ck and when to use k. Confession: I spent many years teaching not actually teaching the rule. I had spelling words and spelling tests and word sorts. But I didn't teach when to use ck and when to use k. Finally I was introduced to the Orton-Gillingham approach to spelling and reading for struggling readers. Game changer. I love love love teaching phonics rules that actually make sense of our super confusing language. This is one of my favorite rules to teach now because now my kids know how and when to use ck. Many of the students I work with need extra practice and then some more extra practice. I want to give them plenty of opportunities to practice this skill in a way that doesn't feel repetitive. We definitely want repetition but I don't want the kids to see it that way! 

As always, I start by modeling. I make words using these tiles.  I teach the rule (use ck after short vowels) and then build a bunch of words with ck, pausing to explain why it's ck and not k. 

Then we move on to letting the students try. I build words like seen above and they choose which one works. 

Here is another activity to practice.  I fold the cards so you can only see the picture. We say the word, then stretch the word. Right before we get to the last sound (always /k/) we pay extra attention to that previous sound. That will help us determine which side it goes on (k or ck.) Then we reveal by unfolding.

Some basic word cards always come in handy. They can be flash cards, sorting cards, cards to match with pictures, etc.

I provided a stack of picture cards to use in several ways: match with word, use for spelling activities (say it, count the phonemes, spell the word,) sorting, etc...

I love using onset and rime cards for every phonics skill! These cards can turn in to a bunch of games. You can mix and match like this. Kids randomly mix blues and yellows and see how many real words they make. You can use one blue and 5-6 yellows and see how fast you can read all the different words. 

You can turn it into a game of memory. 

I made this earlier in the year for some of my students. I found that I needed/wanted several pages to choose from. I have these books ready to go so I can use them as I need them. You could also use them as independent practice once students know how to use these. (I would not use them as independent practice right off the bat. Make sure kids know how to use these packs first and perhaps practice with them first and then follow-up with some independent practice.) These were created to be a guided practice pack first and foremost. :)

Click on the picture below to see a 6 second video. 

Click on the picture below to watch a 13 second video to see how this works. 

Watch this short video to see how to use the page above right.  Click on the photo below to watch.

Use the circles as "sound boxes." Then write sentences using that word. 

Printable RTI for all R-Controlled Vowels

Hi everyone! This year I've been loving these Print and Binds sets. It's so nice to have materials put together and ready to go. These are materials I've been creating and using for the past three years, but I hadn't found a way to put them together. They were all just random pages that I used when I need them. Now they are all bound using these three-pronged folders and plastic page protectors. I just grab and teach! I know I've said this before, but I want to make sure it's really clear: These are not meant to be worksheets to pass out to kids to use on their own. Sure, many of the pages can be used that way. That won't hurt. However, this pack was created to be used in small groups or one-on-one, guided by the teacher. Some of the pages absolutely can be used for seat work or homework, but overall, it's intended to be a guided activity. I just finished putting together and adding on to my bossy r materials. (Note: I do have another bossy r pack with more hands-on colored materials just for -ar words. )
This includes ir, ur, er, ar, and or. 

This is set up in separate sections. I wanted to provide some practice with  each bossy r combination and then have a section with all of them mixed together. Each section contains the same activities but with different words and pictures. This repetition is great for our struggling readers.