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Explicit Decoding Strategies: How to provide follow up practice

Updated: Jul 7, 2023


A sample of the range of worksheets in the Decoding Strategies resource from Sherbert Learning

If you're a teacher like me, you understand how crucial it is to provide learners with a solid foundation in decoding strategies. It forms the backbone of effective reading, aiding in comprehension and fluency. The approach I endorse involves explicit instruction, systematically modelling each strategy over an extended period. However, the challenge has always been finding a way to help students independently practice these strategies outside of direct instruction.


To bridge this gap, let me introduce you to an invaluable resource - the Decoding Strategies Resource from Sherbert Learning.


This comprehensive product, available at Sherbert Learning's product page, caters specifically to the need for meaningful independent follow-up activities after explicit instruction. Unfortunately, there aren't many available options when it comes to reading rotation activities aimed specifically at decoding strategies. This unique resource fills this void effectively, providing students with the opportunity to independently practice and reinforce these crucial skills.


What makes this resource genuinely stand out is its differentiated approach. Catering to all students, regardless of their current reading proficiency, it provides varied levels of engagement and challenge. It ensures that every beginning reader has the opportunity to learn and progress at their own pace, while still being sufficiently stimulated and challenged.

The Decoding Strategies Resource covers essential strategies such as:


• Eagle Eye

• Lips the Fish

• Stretchy Snake

• Chunky Monkey

• Flippy Dolphin

• Tryin’ Lion

• Skippy Frog


Each strategy has exercises that allow students to apply what they've learned. This encourages them to progressively develop and master each strategy, reinforcing their comprehension and ultimately boosting their reading confidence and fluency.


In conclusion, if you're searching for an effective tool to encourage independent learning and reinforce decoding strategies, look no further than the Decoding Strategies Resource from Sherbert Learning. It's the perfect companion to your explicit instruction, providing your students with the opportunity to practice and apply these essential reading skills on their own. The beauty of this resource lies in its simplicity and effectiveness, so don't miss out on providing your students with the best tool for their reading journey!

Freebie to test out Decoding Strategy from Sherbert Learning

Test it out!

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the effectiveness of our Decoding Strategies Resource firsthand! Try our FREE sample worksheets on 'Eagle Eye' and 'Lips the Fish' strategies. It's a no-risk chance to test out the resource, offering a sneak peek into how these materials can revolutionize your teaching of decoding strategies.



The FULL PRODUCT rest can be found here for each of the following decoding strategies, with differentiated versions to suit every beginning reader!


The cover of Decoding Activities from Sherbert Learning


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