It’s Time to Read Final Stable Syllables
It’s May and it is time to read Final Stable Syllables if your child is in first grade or above. When first introducing Final Stable Syllables only teach the Final Stable -le sound. I prepared this Final Stable Syllables notebook to use with my kiddos in the classroom as a word work notebook during the month of May.
Now that I am teaching lessons over Zoom, I have been referring to this notebook to create mini word work lessons for my phonics class. So I wanted to share the notebook with you to use during the month of May. Actually by the time you and your students talk through the phonic skills on each page, these lessons could last for a few weeks. So hopefully, you will find this notebook a handy and easy to use resource.
Second Grade Reading Timeline
My school-year reading timeline looks something like this for my second graders. I teach Closed Syllables the first three months of school and then Vowel-Consonant-e over the next two months. Then after Christmas break, I jump into teaching r-Controlled Syllables, which takes about six weeks. After that, I am off to teaching Vowel Teams, which takes me through Spring break. April arrives, and it is time to teach Open Syllables. Then the last two to three weeks of school are given to teaching Final Stable Syllables.
Easy Final Stable Syllable Skills to Teach in First Grade
Honestly, I find the Final Stable Syllables -le a very easy syllable type for students to learn. The -le ending can be taught to first graders. What makes this syllable type somewhat easy is because it is stable (constant) in its sound. The ending -le always says /le/ no matter if it follows one of these ten letters –b, -c, -d, -f, -g, -k, -p, -t, -s, -z in words such as bubble, cuddle, ruffle, giggle, cackle, couple, puzzle.
Other easy Final Stable endings to teach in first grade are –ment, -ish, -ful, and -less in words such as payment, polish, handful, and useless.
Difficult Final Syllable Skills to Teach in Second Grade
The Final Stable can be difficult when teaching other Final Stable Syllables that have a more peculiar sound to their combination of letters such as, -age, -tain, -cian, -cial, -cious, -tion [package, mountain, musician, special, precious, nation]. These are endings that are taught in second and third grades.
Definition of an Final Stable Syllable
So what is a Final Stable Syllable? A Final Stable Syllable is a syllable that has it own combination of letters that make their own unique sound, and the sound is always stable in that these certain letter combinations will always say their same sound in every word in which they appear. Check out the FREEBIE! There are simple examples to begin using. Thereby, making the details of the skill easy for beginners.
Included in this packet are 66 Final Stable word cards. Also, this packet targets 14 other Final Stable sounds such as: -age, -cial, -cian, -cion, -cious, -ful, -ish, -less, -ment, -tial, -tian, -tion, -ture, -sion. I included these endings just to give you an idea of other Final Stable sounds that can be taught. Grant it, these are more difficult endings for students to learn.
Check out another Final Stable blog post: https://readingonstrawberrylane.net/teaching-reading-step-6-final-stable/
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