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Month-by-Month Phonics for Upper Grades: A Second Chance for Struggling Readers and Students Learning English Paperback – 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Month-By-Month Four Blocks
  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Publishing; 1st edition (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887244734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887244735
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have had great success with the activities in this book.
happy teacher
Patricia Cunningham's work is always beneficial to students and teachers and I highly recommend this resource for students learning English and struggling readers.
Jess
EVERY child can succeed at improving reading skills, and the activities are appropriate for older students.
Sammy

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156 of 157 people found the following review helpful By F. Chamberlain on June 2, 2001
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This is an excellent choice for teachers who wish to implement a phonics program that can really work for upper grades. The book is divided into months. Each month there are activities ready to be used. The activities are categorized into four specific goals. Once you learn how to teach the four goals for the first month, you will be prepared to teach the same lessons again the next month, of course, using different words.
The phonics activities help students notice spelling patterns in words through clever activities that the older kids will enjoy. For instance, there are phonics lessons based on brand names! I highly recommend this program because it will give upper grade students the chance to learn how to spell high frequency words, to identify spelling patterns in big and small words, to monitor their spelling, and to use root/prefix/suffix parts of words to define and spell words.
This book is suitable for 4-8 grades. It includes lessons that will last for nine months of the school year. Teachers on year round schooling will also be able to use this book. Each lesson should take between 15-30 minutes, depending on the teacher's scehdule. This is an excellent book for upper grade teachers!
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Sammy on January 23, 2002
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This book is by far the most beneficial I have found for my upper elementary students struggling to improve their reading skills. It gives simple, step by step instructions for each of the activities and requires very little planning time for the teacher. EVERY child can succeed at improving reading skills, and the activities are appropriate for older students. They do not feel like they are doing 'baby' lessons- an issue I have dealt with when using other phonics books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrea M. Taylor on May 9, 2007
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This has been a great supplement for my high school English classes. The kids love it and they get a chance to work and look at words differently. They are using skills they don't use on a regular basis. It's quite a challenge for most!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. McCarthy on August 28, 2008
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I purchased this after a literacy workshop in our district. After reading the introduction and the first month of lessons, I'm hooked! It's the first "spelling" approach I've seen in my 10 years teaching that makes sense and shows how to teach students to look at words in a whole different light than traditional, ineffective workbook programs. It provides words and structured instructional lessons for TEACHING word work rather than assigning words to memorize for a week, then forget.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By happy teacher on September 5, 2008
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I have had great success with the activities in this book. The students enjoy the activities. It has helped my students spell better and it is great for my ESL students. Students of all ability levels benefit from these activities.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jess on April 22, 2009
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As a Reading Specialist, I'm always looking for ways to interest and impact upper elementary students who have either missed phonetic instruction in the past or did not learn it adequately to benefit them in reading passages. This resource gives excellent interactive ways to assist students in filling in the phonetic "gaps" in their learning while giving the teacher step by step instructions on how to teach the lessons. Patricia Cunningham's work is always beneficial to students and teachers and I highly recommend this resource for students learning English and struggling readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Schroeder on August 3, 2010
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I bought this book to use with my high schooler who struggles with spelling. I like that it is geared for older kids. It's hard to find a remedial spelling program that doesn't make the student feel like a first-grader. This book is the answer to that problem. I would not recommend this book as the ONLY spelling book to use, but it did help to improve my sons spelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Gagnon on April 23, 2010
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This book goes into detail to show what teachers can do month-by-month in the Working With Words block for upper grades. Even if you do not do the Four Blocks approach in your classroom, you can still use many of these games, strategies, and lists to teach phonics to students. While older students are already stronger at decoding what they are reading, they can still benefit with practice of forming words and using those patterns to spell larger words. The "Nifty Thrifty Fifty" is in this book- it's a list of 50 words that can help to spell over 800 other words. Great ideas!
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