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IntroductionPart One Building The Foundation for Phonics They Can Use Chapter 1 Early Reading and Writing ActivitiesEarly Reading ConceptsShared Reading of Predictable BooksPredictable ChartsWritingGetting to Know YouSummary Chapter 2 Phonological and Phonemic AwarenessDeveloping Phonological AwarenessDeveloping the Concept of RhymeTeaching Blending and SegmentingUsing Names to Build Phonological and Phonemic AwarenessSummary Chapter 3 Concrete Words, Letter Names, and SoundsNamesAlphabet BooksLetter Actions and FoodsKey Words for SoundsChanging a Hen to a FoxGuess the Covered WordChapter 4 Making Words in KindergartenHow the Foundational Activities are MultilevelPart Two Fluency Chapter 5 Fluency Activities Independent Reading Develops FluencyDaily Writing Develops FluencyRereading Develops FluencyFluency Development LessonsSummaryChapter 6 High-Frequency WordsBuilding Meaning for High-Frequency WordsDoing A Word WallOn-the Back ActivitiesOther Word Wall Practice ActivitiesPortable and Take Home Word WallsTheme BoardsHow Fluency Activities and Word Wall are Multilevel Part Three Using Phonics and Spelling Patterns Chapter 7 Making WordsA Sample Making Words LessonMaking Words Homework

Additional Making Words LessonsSummary Chapter 8 Rhyme-Based Decoding and Spelling ActivitiesLearning the Most Common Rhyming PatternsRounding up the RhymesUsing Words You KnowReading/Writing RhymesSummaryChapter 9 Spelling ActivitiesWhat Looks Right?Word Sorting and HuntingHow Part Three Activities are Multilevel Part Four Big Words Chapter 10 Decoding and Spelling Big WordsTeaching Common Prefixes and SuffixesTeaching Common Root WordsThe Nifty Thrifty FiftyBig Word CollectorsModeling How to Figure Out a Big WordWord DetectivesThe WheelMystery Word MatchSummaryChapter 11 Making Words in Upper GadesA Third Grade Making Words LessonA Fourth Grade Making Words LessonA Fifth Grade Making Words LessonHow the Big Words Activities are Multilevel Part Five Coaching, Assessment and ResearchChapter 12 Coaching for Strategic Decoding and SpellingCoaching during Writing ConferencesCoaching during ReadingSummary Chapter 13 AssessmentWhat is Assessment?Assessing Early Reading BehaviorsAssessing Word StrategiesThe Names TestSummaryChapter 14 The Theory and the Research-The Why Underlying the HowMy Personal Phonics HistoryWhat We Know About How Good Readers Read WordsWhat We Know About How Children Learn to Read WordsThe Research and Phonics They UseChapter 15 Phonics Terminology for Teachers

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Written by an outstanding scholar, Phonics They Use seamlessly weaves together the complex and varied strategic approaches needed to help students develop reading and spelling skills. Long-positioned and long-respected as a bestseller by both pre-service and practicing teachers of reading, this affordable text offers a coherent collection of practical, hands-on activities that provide a framework for teaching phonics. The Fourth Edition continues to emphasize that what matters is not how much phonics students know but what they actually use when they need phonics for decoding a new word, for reading and spelling a new word, and for writing. Rather than subscribe to a single theory, Pat Cunningham stresses a balanced reading program--incorporating a variety of strategic approaches--tied to the individual needs of children. Packed with new activities and strategies for teaching reading, this book is an invaluable resource for any new or veteran teacher. Now teachers have access to a new grade-level series Making Words that offers fresh multi-level activities and lessons for the kindergarten through fifth grade classroom. Based on the active and innovative approach to making words that teachers and their students have grown to love in Phonics They Use, this new series is the best resource you can have on hand for motivating your students to learn words! Take a Peek at What's New to the Edition!New Chapter on Making Words in Kindergarten (Ch. 4) describes and provides sample lesson plans on how teachers can make each kindergarten student a letter of the alphabet, using a big letter card, to teaching them how to begin to form words.

  • New Chapter on Making Words in Upper Grades (Ch. 11) describes and provides sample lessons on how making words has been adapted for use of older students in upper grades, by emphasizing the prefixes, suffixes, roots and spelling changes that are the important decoding and spelling patterns for polysyllabic words.
  • Inclusion of hints and suggestions for English Language Learners scattered throughout the chapters, which help make phonics and spelling instruction more successful for ELLs as they learn to read and write. These "For English Language Learner" boxes include a variety of ways teachers have adapted the Phonics They Use activities to include their children learning English.
  • About the Author

    Patricia M. Cunningham The day I entered first grade, I decided I wanted to teach first grade. In 1965, I graduated from the University of Rhode Island and began my teaching career teaching first grade in Key West, Florida. For the next several years, I taught a variety of grades and worked as a curriculum coordinator and special reading teacher in Florida and Indiana. From the very beginning, I worried about children who struggled learning to read and devised a variety of alternative strategies to teach them to read. In 1974, I received my Ph. D. in Reading Education from the University of Georgia. I developed the Making Words activity while working with Title One teachers in North Carolina where I was the Director of Reading for Alamance County Schools. I have been the Director of Elementary Education at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina since 1980 and have worked with numerous teachers to develop hands-on engaging ways to teach phonics and spelling. In 1991, I published Phonics they Use: Words for Reading and Writing, which is currently available in its fourth edition. Along with Richard Allington, I published Classrooms that Work and Schools that Work. Dottie Hall and I have worked together on many projects. In 1989, we began developing the Four Blocks Framework, a comprehensive approach to literacy which is used in many schools in the United States and Canada. Dottie Hall and I have worked together to produce many books, including the first Making Words books and the Month by Month Phonics Books. These Making Words by Grade Level books are in response to requests by teachers across the years to have making words lessons with a scope and sequence tailored to their grade level. We hope you and your students will enjoy these making words lessons and we would love to hear your comments and suggestions.

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