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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Oops! I accidentally bought this book twice. I already had it! LOL! I'm going to give it to my teaching partner because it has great lessons and ideas in it. Our school is really focusing on phonics next year, so I'm thinking this will help quite a bit. I love 4-Blocks materials, but I have to fight for my right to use them these days.
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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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I am using the strategies this year and having very positive results. I am using Tucker Signing and a good phonics program also and the word wall fits very well with my program. Wonderful addition to my toolbox!

I like this book so much that I bought a second copy so I always have it at my fingertips. My high school students refer to the word wall often. I put up the Nifty Fifty, frequently misspelled and current vocabulary from our short stories. I color code the Nifty fifty per the prefix and suffix list at the beginning of the book. I use the activities that are age appropriate for bell ringers and have also adapted many activities.
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