Decoding Strategies

Use these nifty decoding strategies when you are stuck on a word!

Eagle Eye: Before reading the page, always look at the picture for clues to help you figure out the words.


Lips the Fish: Get your lips ready and say the first few sounds of the word out loud. Read to the end of the sentence and say the sounds again.


Chunky Monkey: Look in the word for a chunk that you know (ch, sh, th, wh, -ing, -ed, -at, be-, -old).


Stretchy the Snake: S-t-r-e-t-ch the sounds out to figure out the word. Don’t forget to use the chunks, too!


Skippy the Frog: Skip the word and read to the end of the sentence. Then use Tryin’ Lion.


Tryin’ Lion: Reread and try the line again, using a word that makes sense.


Flippy the Dolphin: Flip the vowel and try the other sound (long vowel to short vowel or short vowel to long vowel). Look for clues like a “Bossy e” or a vowel team.


Wise Old Owl: Think about a word that would look right, sound right, and make sense.

Helpful Kangaroo: After you have tried all of the other strategies, ask for help.

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