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Step 7: Adding Endings & Schwa (ə)

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Definitions

Adding Endings Definitions:
Base Word: The base is the main word without adding anything to the beginning or end of the word. For example “tie” is the base word for: tied, untie, retie, and tying. “Soft” is the base word for softly, softer, and softest.
A Suffix is a group of letters that has meaning and when added to the end of a base word changes that word’s meaning. For example the suffix -ed changes the base word word “paint” to mean it happened in the past. The suffix -ly changes soft to describe how you are doing something.

Teaching Videos

3 Sounds for -ed
Adding Endings
Spell with -ed

PowerPoints and Google Slides PowerPoints for teaching short vowel words CVC Google Slides Icon

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PowerPoint from -ed spelling video

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It is important to explain that the ending -ed means that something already happened.  The tricky part is that the ending -ed says three different things at the end of words: /d/, /t/ or /ĭd/.

-ed says:
/d/ after a voiced sound like the /b/ in grabbed
/t/ after an unvoiced sound like the /p/ in stopped
/ĭd/ after the letters d or t like the word planted

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Schwa ə Schwa Poster


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The goal is to notice the schwa sound in words, not read all the schwa words at this point. Have learners be detectives and find schwa sounds in words.

A good strategy is to read these materials to your learner, point out the word with a schwa sound, and ask the learner to identify where the schwa sound is.

*Changing a vowel sound to a schwa sound is a very common way to figure out an unknown word that does not sound right the first time.*

Definitions

Schwa Definition:
– The Schwa (Ə) sound is /ŭ/ (short ŭ sound) and sometimes its sound almost disappears altogether. It is represented with this symbol: Ə. Any vowel or vowel combination in any syllable might have a schwa sound and say /ŭ/. Examples are the letter “e” in the word “the” and the letter “o” in the word “mother.” The a schwa sound can often be found in the unaccented syllable of multiple syllable words. Examples are the vowel sound in the second syllable of the word “second”, and the second and third syllables of the word “elephant.”

Teaching Videos and Written Stories

Written Story

Schwa Story as told in video

Posters/Visuals Poster with short vowels

Posters/Visuals Poster with short vowels

PowerPoints PowerPoints for teaching short vowel words CVC

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