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Lesson 21 - Words Rule

teaches Common Core State Standards RF.2.3.c http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/2/3/c
teaches Common Core State Standards RF.1.3.d http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/1/3/d
teaches Common Core State Standards L.2.2.d http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/2/2/d
teaches Common Core State Standards RF.2.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/2/3
teaches Common Core State Standards RF.1.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/1/3
teaches Common Core State Standards L.2.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/2/2

Lesson 21 - Words Rule

To learn more about this lesson, read the Lesson 21 Overview found under the Additional Materials tab.

Daily Learning Targets 

  • Opening A: I can identify the vowel spellings in a word to help me determine how many syllables are in the word and use that information to decode it. 
    • I can decode a word with a vowel team (two vowels that make a long vowel sound) in the middle.
    • I can identify vowel sounds in the spelling of a multisyllabic (more than one syllable) word and identify how many syllables are in the word.
    • I can decode (regularly spelled) two-syllable words with long vowels.
  • Work Time A: I can read, identify the syllable type, and spell words with the spelling pattern “oa” and “ow.” 
    • I can identify the sounds made by vowel teams “oa” and “ow.”
    • I can apply generalizations for decoding words with common vowel teams “oa” and “ow.”
    • I can identify spelling patterns based on syllable type.

In Advance

  • Copy the Syllable Sleuth Word List (one per pair).
  • Write the following Words Rule Words for display on index cards: “show,” “boat,” “grow,” “snow,” “road,” “know,” “follow,” “coach,” “own,” “soak,” “low,” “coast.”
  • Copy and cut apart Words Rule Word Cards for Work Time A (one set for teacher display; one set per pair).
  • Pre-determine partners for Work Time A.
  • Gather materials for differentiated small group instruction (see Differentiated Small Groups).

 Digital Materials Preparation:

  • Prepare to display the lesson or assign it to students before class.
  • For digital assignments, ensure that students have access to a digital device. 


  • Lesson-specific: encode, patterns, segment, similar, syllable


  • Syllable Sleuth Word List in a transparent sleeve (one per pair)
  • White board markers (one per student)
  • White board erasers (or tissues, socks, etc.; one per student)
  • Clipboards (optional; one per student if not sitting at a desk)
  • Words Rule Word Cards (index cards with the following words:”) (one set for teacher display; one set per pair)
  • White boards (one per student)










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