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

Today we’re going to work on the “-ate” sound in words like “gate” or “date." 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?

mate late mark ------------------------------- Say It Have your child point to the sound and say it 3 times: ...ate



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









Read It Have your child read the passage below:

Nate is Good

I hate to admit it, but my brother Nate is good at basketball. Maybe even better than me.

He is a good passer and defender.

He is also a good shooter. He can shoot from deep and still get the ball into the hoop.

If I go to block him, I am always a tad late.

And, when I go up to shoot, he can elevate to block my shot.

I hate to admit that Nate is better than me. But that’s okay. Perhaps he can show me his tricks. ------------------------------- Explain It

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

  1. What is Nate good at?

  2. Why does the author feel okay at the end of the story?


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