Decodable Text for Older Readers: Cricket

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This resource is designed as a decodable text for older readers (year 4 – Year 8). It focuses on cricket and contains factual information about it and personal stories of the narrator and their love of the sport.
Focus Phonemes and Graphemes:
The text emphasises the following phoneme-to-grapheme correspondences:
  • /k/ phoneme represented by -ck, c, and k
  • /ch/ phoneme represented by -tch and ch
  • /ai/ phoneme represented by ay and ai
  • /igh/ phoneme represented by ie, igh, and y
  • /oa/ phoneme represented by oa and ow
  • /ee/ phoneme represented by ea and ee
This resource contains:
  • Decodable text ‘Cricket’ student version – in normal and large text
  • Decodable text ‘Cricket’ teacher version – with focus sounds highlighted and non-decodable words identified
  • Extensive teacher notes outlining alignment with popular scope and sequences, focus phonemes and graphemes, non-decodable and te reo vocabulary
  • Follow-up activities focusing on:
    • comprehension
    • oral practice
    • focus phonemes and graphemes student worksheets
    • printable double-sided flashcards with focus phonemes and graphemes,
    • ‘grab and go’ quick response sheets – a total of 25 extra resources
Please note:
  • This decodable text is designed to complement the Phonics International scope and sequence, targeting students who have acquired the phoneme-to-grapheme correspondences introduced in units 1-5 of the program. Students will also require some knowledge of how to break words into syllables and syllable-breaking patterns.
  • This decodable text also aligns with the New Zealand Ready to Read Phonics Plus Scope and Sequence used in many schools. The focus phonemes-to-graphemes in this text align with the Kākano – Māhuri phase, drawing on knowledge from multiple units. We would suggest using this text with students working within the Māhuri phase, for the best alignment and practice of previous skills learnt.

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