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Daily(ish) Decodable: The "-ape" sound

Today we’re going to work on the “-ape” sound in words like “tape” or “grape." If your child needs a refresher on how the "Magic E" works at the end of words, I'd recommend starting here.

Now on to today's lesson...

Rhyme It Parents, read the following words out loud. Then ask your child which one does NOT rhyme with the others?

sticker tape grape ------------------------------- Say It Have your child point to the sound and say it 3 times: ...ape



------------------------------- Blend It Have your child read these words: cape







Read It Have your child read the passage below:

Apes Versus Monkeys

Apes and monkeys are both primates.

But how do you tell which is an ape and which is a monkey?

Monkeys tend to be smaller. They can go up trees faster.

Apes are bigger. They have big arms and chests to help them swing from trees.

Apes also tend to be smarter than monkeys.

Humans, gibbons, chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas are also apes. ------------------------------- Explain It

Now have your child answer a couple questions about the story:

  1. Which ones are usually bigger, apes or monkeys?

  2. According to the story, there are lots of different types of apes (in the ape family). Can you name two of them?

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