Index of Downloadable Resources

Index of Downloadable Resources

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“43 Consistent Generalizations of the English Language”   by C. Wilson Anderson. Learning to read and spell English may seem very difficult because it doesn’t seem to follow consistent patterns or “rules.” But, there actually are several more phonics “rules” than are normally taught in school. With them, our language becomes more logical and much easier to master. For example, what do the letter combinations: “ck,” “dge,” and “tch” have in common? For the answer, look at numbers 2-4 on this download.

"44 Sounds (Phonemes) of the English Language and Their Spellings" by Carol S. Fitzpatrick. Spelling in English can be complex because although there are only 44 different sounds, they can be spelled with approximately 70 different letter combinations. Students need a basic understading of these sound-letter relationships called phonics. However, most teachers were not taught phonics when they were students or as preservice teachers. This chart makes it much clearer and will become a reference you will use over and over again.

 1. Introductory Kit (Phonics Set 1) of Our Rainbow  Cards

     (Hands-on Manipulatives for Phonics)

This set includes:

  • Directions for the Use and Easy Storage of Rainbow  Cards' Manipulatives
  • Directions for playing "Double-It," a game for all ages to practice blending sounds to form real and nonsense words
  • Blackline masters for:
    • 16 most common initial consonants (onsets)
    • 5 single vowels (2 of each)
    • 16 common consonant endings that follow single vowels

Add Set 2 for a complete set of consonant onsets (single consonants, blends, and digraphs).


    Rainbow  Cards

    Our Rainbow Cards were developed by Carol S. Fitzpatrick many years ago for working with her own children on phonics. The cards also work very well in the classroom for both whole group and small group applications.

    Many struggling readers have trouble in the area of phonological processing. In other words, they have difficulty blending individual sounds into words and breaking words apart into sounds. Rainbow Cards allow students to practice these skills in game formats that are both encouraging and engaging.

    Each new phonics concept is introduced using a different color (vowels and vowel units are usually a shade of red). Each Blackline Master contains 16 squares. You’ll need Set 1 for use with most of the other sets. Set 2 works with several of the other sets as well.

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    Phonics Kits

    2. Phonics Set 2 - Short Vowels Extended  (Price = $4.00)

      This set includes:

      • Sequence for when to introduce all the alphabet letters with tips on how to integrate writing, reading, and spelling,
      • Blackline Masters for all additional consonants and consonant blends (3 more green), another copy of single vowels (1 red), and ending consonant blends (1 yellow),
      • Directions for the game, “Slimin’ Rimin,’” a game for all ages to practice blending different onsets in front of one rime2 at a time to form words families.


       3. Phonics Set 3 - Magic “E” (Price = $4.00) 

        This set includes:

        • 3 Blackline Masters (peach) for all letter combinations using a V-C-e pattern (examples: abe, ene, ipe, ole, ute)
        •  Directions for the game, “Rope-a-Dope,” a game for all ages to practice blending rhyming word pairs that end in magic “e.”


         4. Phonics Set 4 - Letter Combinations “ng” and “nk (Price = $3.00)  

          This set includes:

          • 1 Blackline Master (orange) for letter combinations “ng and “nk” (examples: sing, sang, sung, sink, sank, sunk.)
          •  Directions for the game, “Verb Volleys,” a game for all ages to practice blending words ending in “ng and “nk.”


            5. Phonics Set 5 - Regular Double Vowels (Price = $4.00)  

            This set includes:

            • 1 Blackline Master (pink)  for two-letter vowel units that follow the rule, “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking,” (examples: ai, ay, ee, oa, ue)
            • 1 Blackline Master (pale yellow or ivory) of consonant endings following vowel units of more than one letter.
            •  Directions for the art project, “Homonym4 Posters,” a project for all ages to make the spelling of words that sound alike more memorable and less confusing


             6. Phonics Set 6 -  R-Controlled Voweld (Price = $3.00)  

              This set includes:

              • 1 Blackline Master (hot pink)  for vowel units that end in “r” (examples: ar, er, ir, or, ur, ear)
              •  Directions for the game, “The Pirate Says Ar-r-r-r!,” a game for all ages to practice regular and irregular (unaccented) sounds of r-controlled vowels


               7. Phonics Set 7 - Irregular Vowel Units (Price = $3.00) 

                This set includes:

                • 1 Blackline Master (lavender) for vowel units that DON’T follow the rule, “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking,” (examples: aw, oy, igh, ew, oo)
                •  Directions for the art project, “Doodle Cards,” a project for all ages to make the spelling of words containing irregular vowel units easier to remember (These are the sight words that are difficult.)


                 8. Phonics Set 8 - The Suffix Rules (Price = $5.00)   

                  This set includes:

                  • A copy of the complete rules for adding suffixes
                  • 1 Blackline Master (white) of common suffixes (examples: ed, er, s, ing)
                  • 1 Blackline Master (purple) for practicing “The Doubling Rule” (when to double the final consonant before adding a suffix)
                  • 1 Blackline Master (dark blue) for practicing “The Drop Rule” (when to drop the ‘e’ before adding a suffix)
                  • 1 Blackline Master (brown) for practicing “The Change Rule” (when to change the ‘y’ to ‘i’ before adding a suffix)
                  •  Directions for the game, “Concentration,” a game for all ages to practice adding suffixes with the correct spelling


                   9. Phonics Set 9 - The Super Six Syllables Set (Price = $12.00) 

                    This set includes:

                    • A copy of “The Six Basic Syllable Types Overview”
                    • 2 Blackline Masters (AstroBright Yellow) of Closed syllables (examples: cam, zug, dimp)
                    • 2 Blackline Masters (AstroBright Fuschia) of Open syllables (examples: ta, mu, po)
                    • 2 Blackline Masters (AstroBright Coral) of Magic “E” syllables (examples: jope, slime, quite)
                    • 2 Blackline Masters (AstroBright Purple) of R-controlled syllables (examples: kor, lark, bird)
                    • 1 Blackline Master (AstroBright Blue) of c-“LE” syllables (examples: kle, stle, zle)
                    • 4 Blackline Masters (AstroBright Green) of syllables to precede c-“LE” syllables (examples: bu, ruf, fiz)
                    •  Directions for the games, “Concentration” and “Word Detective,” games for all ages to practice blending and “chunking” of multisyllabic words.


                    1 Onset = all consonants before the vowel unit (example: str in “straight”)

                    2 Rime = the vowels and consonants following the onset. (example: aight in “straight”)

                    3 Vowel Unit = all letters used to form the vowel sound (example: a in “rat,” ai in “rail,” aigh in “straight”)

                    4 Homonyms = Two words that sound alike, but have different meanings and spellings (example: “sail,” and “sale”)

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