Decodable Text for Older Readers: Matariki

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This resource is designed as a decodable text for older readers (year 4 – Year 8). It focuses on Matariki, a public holiday marking the Māori New Year in New Zealand.
Focus Phonemes and Graphemes:
The text emphasises the following phoneme-to-grapheme correspondences:
  • /or/ phoneme represented by or
  • /ar/ phoneme represented by ar
  • ‘er’ grapheme representing the phonemes /er/ or /u/ (schwa sound)
This resource contains:
  • Decodable text ‘Matariki’ student version – in normal and large text
  • Decodable text ‘Matariki’ teacher version – with focus sounds highlighted and non-decodable and te reo 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 8 extra resources

Pages: 19

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 Māhuri phase, –r control.

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