Update January 2014: I've revised the phonogram pattern books. The new versions are the same format, color-coded, and include mostly the same stories with a few new ones, but in a different order. The vowel patterns in each category are all taught together, including long vowels, special vowels, bossy r vowels, and so on. This makes the lessons seem more logical for the students; the phonogram patterns are easier to learn. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see Phonics Patterns And Stories, Books 1 - 8, along with related teaching materials.
I've also put together a non-color coded version to teach the phonogram patterns. These are similar to a picture dictionary. They teach the same patterns in the same order, along with the same practice stories. However, the word lists are not limited to ten words. The books are listed at the bottom of the page as Decoding Practice, Books 1 - 8.
The related workbooks can be used with either of these sets of books. See below.
Original Post, 2011: As students master short vowel words, they must also begin to learn the "beyond the alphabet" sounds. This includes sounds such as sh/ship and th/this. It also includes the various long vowel patterns (ee/feet and ai/rain) and special vowel patterns (oo/moon and aw/saw). Part 2 of the Sound Story is used to teach the phonogram patterns. It introduces sound pictures for the long vowel, special vowel, and consonant digraph sounds.
I've created a series of phonogram booklets to teach these patterns. Arrows separate the phonetic elements in the word lists, to help students track the words from left to right. New patterns are taught in a logical sequence. The sentences and stories that students read contain only words that have already been taught. This reduces the temptation to guess at words. Sight words are taught as exceptions to rules that are being taught. This makes more sense for the student and avoids confusion.
Many of the same strategies for teaching short vowel words can be used when teaching the phonogram patterns, including decoding and spelling words from the chalkboard and the robot game using picture/word cards.
Some students struggle to remember sight words. These booklets provide a structured phonetic approach to help students learn basic sight words.
You can use the picture/word cards from the Reading Street section with the phonogram booklets. Select the set of cards that matches the phonogram pattern you are ready to teach.
Use the phonogram flashcards to review the phonogram sounds as you work through the booklets. Print on cardstock and cut. Have students say the sound or sounds for each pattern.
The Vowel Patterns Big Book and Consonant Patterns Big Book contain word lists and sentences to practice all of the common phonics patterns and ending syllables. These books have smaller print and no arrows.
Level 4 - Phonogram Patterns
Phonics Patterns And Stories: Books 1 - 8
I've divided these materials into eight separate books. Students study ten words for each new phonogram pattern. After studying several new patterns, students read a practice story containing words with those patterns. Vowel patterns are color-coded to remind students of the correct sound. I've changed the order in which the phonogram patterns are introduced so that they are taught in logical groupings. Vowel patterns with more than one sound are taught later since they are more challenging. Some of the stories are taught in a different order to reflect the changes in the phonogram sequence, and a few new stories are included to fill in as needed.
If you've tried the previous versions of these books, you will like these even better. These books are the backbone of the Sound City Reading Program. Students must learn many phonogram patterns in a short period of time so that they can begin reading regular children's books as soon as possible. This set of books provides the structure and support for students to learn one new letter pattern per day, successfully. By saying the sounds for the patterns daily from sound charts with pictures and sound cards without pictures, students are able to internalize the sounds and remember them when reading new words and stories. By playing the "robot game" daily, directly from the book, students develop the phonemic awareness to decode new words comfortably. If you are working with a basal reading program, teaching one supplementary lesson per day from these books will give your students a solid groundwork which will make the basal program much easier for them.
Decoding Practice: Books 1 - 8
These books teach the same skills in the same sequence found in Phonics Patterns For Beginning Readers. However, these books are not color-coded; they are printed in black and white. Instead of studying just ten new words for each new phonogram pattern, students study all of the common words with that pattern that are easy to illustrate. Instead of introducing new words with the robot game, students simply decode each new word, which is illustrated with a picture. Students read a few illustrated sentences after reading each set of words. Then they read the same stories that are found in Phonics Patterns For Beginning Readers. The text is slightly smaller in these books, but still large enough to be easy to read.
The sound charts use key words and pictures instead of pictures from the sound story. Otherwise, the charts are set up in the same way.
Use these books with students who have a good sense of phonemic awareness. They should be able to recognize phonetic patterns within words and be able to decode words comfortably.
Workbooks To Use With Phonics Patterns For Beginning Readers: Books 1 - 8 OR Decoding Practice 1 - 8