Reading Closed Syllable Words
Closed syllable is the first syllable type a teacher teaches when students are beginning to learn to read. This step in reading takes place once we know students mastered letter i.d. and letter sounds and can write their alphabet [both upper/lower case]. Therefore, assessing these areas prior to teaching closed syllable words is critical. Students need to have these prior skills mastered at 80% accuracy.
Closed syllable are vowel-consonant [VC, CVC, CVCC, CCVC] words. The definition of a closed syllable is a syllable whose vowel is short in sound, and the vowel is closed off to its right by one or more consonants. A consonant does not have to be on the left of the vowel for the word to be a closed syllable word. Examples: at, chat, chat, catch, scratch.
This unit provides 158 word lists of the closed syllable type words. A master list of all the words is included as a quick reference. Word lists include words using each vowel in conjunction with common phonograms. These lists of words help students recognize the common family patterns and rhyming patterns seen in closed syllable. Reading becomes understandable for students once they learn the different syllable types.
Examples for Using Word Lists
Multiple ways to use these ready-made word lists
• create your own reading and spelling activities
• ABC order
• teach word families
• complete word sorts
• develop more accurate and fluent readers
• read words for homework
• spelling lists
• quick reading assessments
• practice and re-teach reading skills
• supplement general education curriculum
• compare and contrast with other syllable types
• reference list to prepare word work stations
• printed as a student booklet by clicking print, printer properties, and booklet
Students can self-assess themselves or others by coloring the correct smiley face as they read the list. Then at the bottom of each list, the student can write in the number of words they correctly read.
This reading unit is the first of six units I have created.
Note: This packet is strictly a packet of word lists. There are no games/activities included.