Teaching Strategies: Decoding Text

Decoding text forms the benchmark of reading. Decoding involves breaking down words into chewable syllables that kids in grades K-2 can see and understand. Kids will need skills of decoding to read at the most basic level, and to learn better reading comprehension.

But students can still struggle with decoding. With that in mind, today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned elementary school educator based on the East Coast, lays out some simple teaching strategies involving decoding text that are both fun and enlightening.

Janelle’s teaching strategies include:

  • Take it Letter by Letter
  • Use Picture Clues
  • Skip the Word
  • And More!

Janelle sums up her article thusly: “Give these reading strategies a try in your classroom. Make sure to keep them posted in the classroom for easy reference and print out the simple fun tool called “Sticky words.” You can add a photo of each animal to each strategy if you like. Remember, in order for children to have full reading enjoyment they need to first learn how to decode and comprehend what they are reading. Once they have mastered that, then they will have it all right at their fingertips.”

Do you have any decoding text strategies that you would like to share? Please share your classroom activities and ideas. We would love to hear your thoughts. You never know, you may just help a fellow teacher out!

Bring Play into the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards have been tagged as being complicated, overly dogmatic, and inconsequential, among other things. The Common Core State Standards have never, to our knowledge, been lumped in with anything “fun.”

But today on TeachHUB.com, regular writer Janelle Cox asserts that despite the Standards’ stodgy reputation, elements of “play” can still make their way into a Common Core State Standards-based classroom.

Some ideas:

    Create Learning Stations
    Have a Fun Friday
    Create Choice Boards

How do you incorporate play into your Common Core Classroom? Do you have any fun ideas that you would like to share?