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Daily(ish) Decodable: The "ir" sound in "bird"

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today we're going to work on the “ir” sound in words like “bird” and “girl.” If your child needs a refresher on this sound, try start 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?

girl twist twirl ------------------------------- Say It Have your child point to the word “sir” and say it 3 times (it should rhyme with “purr” or “her”):  sir



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










Read It Have your child read the passage below:

The Bird Girl


You can call me a bird girl.


Today I am going bird watching.


First, I put on a dark shirt so I can blend into the trees. 


Second, I put on boots so I can hike in the dirt.


And third, I pack a camera in case I want to take a photo.


Now it's time to go.


I listen for the hoot of an owl.


Was that a flash of red? It may be a cardinal.


Was that the chirp of a robin, or a mockingbird?


I like birds. I like the colors. And I like watching them fly up, up, and away. 


Explain It

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

  1. What happened in the story? 

  2. What did the author do to get ready to go bird watching? 


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