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Daily(ish) Decodable: The word "were"

Today we're working on the word “were." This word is partially decodable, but it does NOT follow the normal “Magic E” rule. 

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

mix stir were ------------------------------- Say It Have your child point to and say the word "were" 3 times (it should rhyme with "stir" or "blur"): were



------------------------------- Blend It Have your child read these words: We were sitting.

They were standing.

Were you watching?

Were they new?

Read It

Have your child read the passage below:


If all the seas were one sea, 

What a big sea that would be!


If all the trees were one tree,

What a big tree that would be!


And if all the axes were one ax,

What a big ax that would be!


And if all the men were one man,

What a big man that would be!


And if that big man took that big ax,

And cut down that big tree,

And let it fall into that big sea,

What a big splish-splash that would be! 


Explain It

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

  1. Can you retell this story in your own words? 

  2. Based on what you know or what you read in the story, what is an "ax?" 


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