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Phonics and Sight Words

Readers use letter sounds, spelling patterns, and common sight words to read and write.

Reading Racetrack Sight Word Activity

Teach students how to recognize sight words, which helps students read effortlessly and focus on decoding difficult words, using this exercise that involves multiple rounds of instruction and practice.

PDF iconReading Racetrack Sight Word Activity

Look, Listen, and Think

Help young readers when they encounter unfamiliar words by helping them to look, listen, and think about the words with these questions.

PDF iconSet of Look, Listen, and Think bookmarks

A Synthesis of Morphology Interventions and Effects on Reading Outcomes for Students in Grades K-12

Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

This article synthesized the morphology intervention studies conducted in English with students in kindergarten through 12th grade between 1986 and 2006. Seven studies were identified as focusing primarily on morphology instruction, including roots and affixes, and measuring one or more reading-related outcomes (e.g., word identification, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension).

Why Teach Spelling?

Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

This resource is a compilation of three documents that support the teaching of spelling in today's schools: a discussion of "Why Spelling Instruction Matters", a checklist for evaluating a spelling program, and tables of Common Core State Standards that are linked to spelling instruction.