Green Series – Closed Syllable Concept
There are 20 books in the Green Series. The stories start off simple with all short vowels and the sight words “the” and “a”. As the books progress, we introduce the sight words “to”, “was”, “of”, and “said”. Digraphs such as ‘th’, ‘sh’ ‘ch’, ‘wh’ and ‘qu’ are also introduced. For a detailed scope and sequence, see the “Posts” page.
Ten of the books are fiction books. The pictures are painted with vivid colours and the stories revolve around animals and young characters. The text is large and clear with extra spaces to help young readers see the distinction between each word.
Ten of the books are photo books. The pictures in these books are real photographs. The stories have more of a narrative structure, telling about what the characters are doing and experiencing. As in the fiction books, the text is large and clear with extra spaces to help young readers see the distinction between each word.
Purple Series – Vowel-Consonant-e Concept
The Purple Series introduces the “magic e” concept (Vowel-Consonant-e). The ‘e’ is silent and the vowel will make its long sound. The series consists of 10 Photo stories, and introduces another selection of irregular high-frequency words.
Prompting with SyllaSense Decodable Readers
When reading SyllaSense Decodable Readers, you might want to use some of the same prompts that you are accustomed to using in Leveled Readers:
- think about the story – what makes sense?
- does this help? (point to the picture or to a letter)
- get your mouth ready for the first sound
- listen to yourself – did that make sense?
- put the words together to make it sound like talking
You might also, however, want to try some of the following prompts:
- find the vowel – what sound does it make?
- what letter(s) come(s) after the vowel? What does this tell us about the vowel sound?
- make the sounds – put those sounds together to make a word
- don’t guess – look all the way through and put the sounds together
The key idea that we want students to understand is that they can use what they know about syllables to solve unknown words, right from the beginning stages of reading. This skill will stay with them and support them as they progress to more difficult texts.