Max - Tip Sheet

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Max - Teacher Tip Sheet

Yellow Series - Book 10 - Max

Grapheme/Phoneme Correspondence

Tips and Activities to Try

Introduced in This Book

  • review of all concepts

Previously Introduced


  • all short vowels


  • all single consonants
  • <s> /s/ and /z/


  • <th>/TH/ voiced (only in the), <ck>/k/, <ff>/f/, <zz>/z/, <ss>/s/, <ll>/l/

Additional Concepts

  • final consonant cluster <nd> (only in and)

Words and Phrases for Reading and Writing

Here is a list of words that can be used for phonemic awareness activities, reading, dictation, games cards, etc:

  • nap, gap, sap, rip, fin, bed, yes, hot, hen, and, gap, pan, fan, sock, back, pick, deck, lock, pins, logs, rugs, kit, kids, vet, web, win, wit, jet, job, mess, off, fill, buzz, yet, has, his, is, runs, jogs, pits

Here is a word chain you could complete with blending cards.:

  • sap → sip → hip → dip → rip → rap → lap → lack → sack → sock → lock → luck → puck → puff → pun → pan → pass → pat → pit → pin → win → wit → sit → set → sell → yell → tell → ten

Here are phrases that can be used for reading and/or dictation practice. These phrases can be combined to create sentences. A good opportunity arises to address syntax if the resulting sentence is not grammatically correct (e.g., His fun pets hits the puck. → His fun pets hit the puck. )

Noun Phrases

Verb Phrases

Prepositional Phrases

his fun pets

fell on the hill

in his cup

a bad mess

hits the puck

up on the rocks

the big red jet

picks up the jug

at the big well

Jazz and Jeff

can sip the fizz

off the red dock


You can differentiate for students by dropping some of the words in these phases (e.g., “the big red jet” can just be “the jet”).


Tips and Activities to Try

Previously Introduced

  • suffix <-s> third person singular
  • suffix <-s> as plural
  • note suffix <-s> as students encounter it and support where needed

Comprehension Corner - Max

Vocabulary Development

  • What is a tub?
  • Do you have a tub in your home? How is it different from Max’s tub?

Making Connections

  • Would you like to have Max as a pet? Why or why not?
  • What do you like to do for fun?


  • Why do you think Max’s mom gave him a bath?
  • Why do you think the author describes Max as “fun.” Do you agree?


  • What did you learn about Max in this book?


Tip Sheet written by Shari Kudsia and Helen Maclean - April 2023 - ©SyllaSense Inc.