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Decoding the Letter “R” in First Grade

Doherty first-graders in Margaret Walsh’s class are learning about the trickiness of the letter “R,” which changes the vowel sound in words. Walsh led a phonics lesson to review the letter “R,” which included reading aloud, “There’s a Bear on My Chair” by Ross Collins. The book helps students unpack the different spelling of the “air” sound, which can be spelled three different ways. Students following up Walsh’s Zoom lesson by working on the number of spellings for the “air” sound by recording themselves as they point to and read each word. The lesson in literacy fluency also included an assignment to find and define homophone pairs from the book’s text.