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Nichet Simpson
from Coyote Canyon Elementary
in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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Guess the Covered Word
In the game "Guess the Covered Word" the students will learn to use meaning, word length, and context to figure out unfamiliar in-print words. Students will read several sentences with a covered word in each sentence. Listed on the computer will be several sentences with a covered word in each sentence. (Be sure to only cover the length of the word.) The students can make several guesses for the covered word. After four guesses part of the word is revealed. When all the guesses which fit both meaning and beginning sounds have been selected, the whole word is revealed.

Students will be able to work in pairs on the computer.

At the end of the week students will choose two unfamiliar words from their reading text. In pairs the students will write two sentences with one covered word in each. Next, they will play the Guessing Game with another pair of students.

Grade Level: 2,3

Curricular Area:
Vocabulary and concept Development 1.6

Class Time Required:
20minutes (Estimated)

My students struggle with trying to decode a new word without losing concentration on the story they are reading. The standard that addresses this challenge is the Language Arts Standard 1.6. Use sentence and word context to find meaning of unknown words. This lesson will help students practice the important strategy of cross-checking meaning with letter-sound information.

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Learning and Teaching Activities:
Doing a couple of Guess the Word activities each month helps the student become fluent and automatic at cross-checking meaning, beginning letters, and word length. This will keep the student from losing his concentration on his/her reading for comprehension.

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Outcomes and Assessment:
Using context, initial letters and word length are not enough to identify words, although contextual analysis does have limited usefulness as a single word recognition strategy. It expands students' capacity for word analysis and recognition. However, cross-checking using meaning and some letter sounds is a strategy which helps students identify unifamiliar words. Students should be taught strategies to confirm the fit of the word in context.

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