In order for students to become confident, fluent readers, they need to be able to decode unfamiliar words when they come across them. And depending on the word, they benefit from having a variety of strategies to help. That’s why, together with our friends at EVERFI, we’ve created a free decoding strategies poster to hang in your classroom.
The free poster features seven common decoding strategies, including stretching the word out, pushing chunks together, and flipping the vowel sound. Just submit your email here to get your poster!
You’ll want to teach each of the decoding strategies on the poster first.
Then, hang the poster in an accessible place for students to reference while they are reading independently or in small groups. Pair this visual with simple verbal cues like “skip it” and “stretch it out” to remind students to use the strategies when appropriate.
And for even more help teaching decoding strategies and more foundational reading skills, be sure to check out WORD Force, a free literacy adventure featuring engaging digital games from EVERFI.