Decodable Text for Older Readers: Earthquakes

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This resource is designed as a decodable text for older readers (year 4 – Year 8). It focuses on earthquakes and their impact on New Zealand.
Focus Phonemes and Graphemes:
It has a particular focus on v_e split digraph words, including a_e, e_e, i_e, and u_e split digraphs.
Examples include earthquake, plate, magnitude, shake, attitude, organise, and concrete.
This resource contains:
  • Decodable text ‘Earthquakes’ student version – in normal and large text
  • Decodable text ‘Earthquakes’ 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 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 13 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 Tupu phase, split digraphs.

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