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Step 6: Bossy R also called R Controlled

Bossy r syllable poster ar, er, ir, ur, or
r controlled syllable poster ar, er, ir, ur, or
Bossy r / r controlled
Bossy r syllable poster ar, er, ir, ur, or
r controlled syllable poster ar, er, ir, ur, or
bossy r might say “air”

Definitions:
VR stands for Vowel r, which is the Bossy r (also called r-controlled) syllable. The r changes the sound of the vowel that comes right before it.


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Teaching Videos

Bossy r Video
ar, er, ir, ur, or
Bossy r and w
war, wor

TEACH ALONG THE WAY ●●●

Teach and add the relevant sounds, (ar, er, ir, ur, or, and war, wor when ready) from the Big Sounds Pack to daily practice.

Why is there an e at the end of these words?!
When going through Bossy r words, many students notice a seemingly random letter e at the end of words like nerve, serve, nurse and horse.  This is a great opportunity to teach  the following two reasons that a silent e might be at the end of a word. 

English never ends words in v (or i, j, u).  If a word ends in the /v/ sound, it will have an e after the v as in the case of nerve and serve. 

The word is singular and ends in the /s/ sound. Usually when we have an s at the end of a word it means there are more than one of that word.  For example one chair, two chairs.  The word nurse does not mean there is something called a nur, and there are two of them, two nurs.  In order to be clear that the s is part of the word  nurse (meaning one nurse) and not an ending meaning more than one, the e is added to the end. Same goes for horse, and verse.

For more, go to Why Is There An e At The End Of This Word?


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KEY:
Blue Heart: Beginning, grades K-1K-1 Beginning
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-21-2 Growing
Pink Plus: intervention, challengeIntervention/Challenge
* A favorite!

Bundle: Additional various activities to practice a specific skill
Pack: Additional multiple versions of a specific activity to practice a specific skill

bundlesandpacks

Bossy R, r-controlled coverBossy r Syllable Bundle!

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR Beginning Reader Bundle VR Bundle Words, Read and Draw Phrases, Pyramids, Games, Stories



Individual Materials including materials for more advanced learners:

Lists

Lists icon Word and Phrase Lists

Highlighting Wordlists

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR Beginning Reader Mixed Pack Word Lists Pack (also in bundle)

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ar words and phrases A Tart Lemon
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ar phrases Barn On The Farm
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ar phrases Stars (with timing option)
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ar activity: Find the “ar” in Words and Make Your Own Wordlist

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR or words and phrases Order More Corn
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR or phrases Morning Oranges

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR er, ir, ur words and phrases A Turkey is a Bird

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR mixed words Bossy r with red cross visual
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR mixed words list Jars 1 Two pages, double spaced better for beginning readers
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR mixed words Jars 2 One page single spaced, 3 columns
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR mixed phrase list Sharks Can Harm

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR war wor words Award with red cross visual
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR war wor words and phrases The World

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Review: CVC, VCE, VV, VR Changing Vowel Drills

Multiple Syllable:
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengecvc cv vce vr multiple syllable words Perform
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengecvc cv vce vr compound and multiple syllable words Backstroke
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r VR challenge Ninjas 1, 2, 3 (3 lists full of vr)
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengecvc vce vr schwa Multi-syllable words and phrases I’ll Try These review including vr
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengecvc cv vce vr schwa phrases Mustang Phrases review including vr
*For more challenging multiple syllable words with VR, go to Step 10: Huge Words!

Fluency Pyramids

Fluency Pyramid Fluency Pyramids

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR Beginning Reader Fluency Pack Pyramids Pack including index (also in bundle)

Flashcards

Flashcard icon Flashcards

Bossy r VR Flashcards words
Bossy r VR Flashcards phrases
Bossy r VR Flip Chute Cards (See directions for Flip Chute cards on this page.)

Games

Games Icon Games

Game Directions

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR Beginning Reader Pack Games Pack (also in bundle)

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR beg sounds game Danger!

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ar word game The Shark in the Dark
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ar word game Fish Farm
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ar phrase game The Dark Jar
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ar phrase game You Are A Star
Pink Plus: intervention, challengeBossy r VR ar advanced word game Pencil(also in Step 10)
Pink Plus: intervention, challengeBossy r VR ar advanced word game Pencil with definitions(also in Step 10)

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR or word game Sport Score
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR or word game Blow Your Horn, Time For Corn
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r VR or advanced word game Horse (also in Step 10)
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r VR or advanced word game Horse with definitions(also in Step 10)

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR er, ir ur word game Birthday Fun
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR er, ir, ur word game The Chirping Bird
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r VR er ir ur advanced word game Insect(also in Step 10)
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r VR er ir ur advanced word game Insect with definitions(also in Step 10)

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR mixed word game Shirt and Skirt
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR mixed phrase game Good Morning
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR mixed phrase game A Barking Dog

Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r VR wor, war word gameThe Best Worm in the World

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR mixed Bingo Bingo Cards, Bingo Words

Spelling

Lists icon Spelling

Practice with words from the lists, games etc., or use the lists below.
* Having learners spell with word chains where the coach says “change one sound in (chop) to spell (chip), now change one sound in (chip) to spell (sip)” is a powerful way to draw student’s attention to individual sounds in the words!

Bossy r VR Word Chain spelling Arm to Shark
Bossy r VR Word Chain spelling Fort to Storm
* Spelling Review 1 cvc, cv, vce, vvreg, vr Tell learner(s) what skill they are working on for each mini list of words.
Spelling Challenge Multiple Syllable Words includes tips

Syllable Sorts


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See syllable sort directions and headings and a strategy page in Teacher Resources below.

*Syllable Sort Worksheet *This is not a true syllable sort

Syllable Sort Challenge 1
Syllable Sort Challenge 2
Syllable Sort cut-aparts cv cvc vce vvreg vr tion

Small Books

Small Books icon Small Books

Small Book assembly directions, 4 Pager folding directions, OR use horizontal format for reading on screen in distance learning.

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR Beginning Reader Pack Books Pack including index (also in bundle)

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ar small book Poor Barb’s Bad Day. foldable format
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ar small book Poor Barb’s Bad Day horizontal format
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ar 4 page At The Park horizontal format

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR or small book Ed the Horse foldable format
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR or small book Ed the Horse horizontal format

Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ir er ur small book Bert and Gert’s Bad Birthday foldable format
Green Star: Growing, Grades 1-2Bossy r VR ir er ur small book Bert and Gert’s Bad Birthday horizontal format

Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r VR mixed 4 page The Fort foldable format
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r VR mixed 4 page The Fort horizontal format
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r VR mixed small book challenge Abdi And Hamdi Make A Garden Review including vr: cvcc cvvc cvce vr foldable format

Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r Multiple syllable adding -ing to words Walking the Dog

Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r VR wor war small book Worm War foldable format
Green Star, Pink Plus: Grades 1,2 and/or intervention, challengeBossy r VR wor war small book Worm War horizontal format

Teacher Resources


Teacher icon Teacher Resources

Visuals

Teaching Stories

PowerPoints

  • PowerPoint: Bossy r from Teaching Video
  • PowerPoint practice with pirate says “arrrr”: Target Skill: Bossy r read just the Bossy r sound that is highlighted as you click, then read the whole word.  Train your brain to notice and read these chunks!
  • PowerPoint: How W tricked Bossy r from Teaching Video
  • PowerPoint: All Syllable Types with Practice (Directions in notes section on each slide) Use only slides that are relevant to where you are in the steps.

Directions

More on the Directions Page

Map Sounds to Letters

First map the sounds in the word to the letter(s) representing the sounds, even if it is not a letter combination that has been taught yet. Only an unusual sound/letter combination needs to be remembered “by heart.” Mapping the sounds to the letters is how we remember what words look like. See example below:

Map sounds to the letters that spell those sounds.  Teach spelling

Be sure to reinforce what you know and are learning about words:
Schwa Sound: Any vowel might say /u/. Point out this happens in many common words like: the, of, was, some, from…

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