When you have students who are in upper elementary classrooms reading several years below grade level, your phonics instruction needs to be systematic and focused. Today we will look at several students* reading far below grade level, and we will walk through how to address their needs.
* All student names have been changed, in case you were curious.

Older struggling readers need something different - Miss Wishy-Washy is *not* the way to help! This blog post is a quick guide to the exact tools, tips and resources I use with my struggling readers in upper grades.

Hello! I'm sharing a secret weapon I use to engage my students in their word work in third, fourth, and fifth grades. Each week I set out a Build a Mystery Word activity, which my kiddos love! This activity allows them to practice phonics, spelling, context clues, and critical thinking. Take a peek:

To see it in more depth, please click the picture below to view in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Enjoy!

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