Friday, March 13, 2015

Freebie Time! Using Analogy Charts in Guided Reading Word Study

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In my RtI groups, I have students working on Guided Reading Levels G and higher.  We often use an Analogy Chart during the Word Study portion of our Guided Reading group.  An Analogy Chart is a similar term for T-Chart.  The students have two columns to write and sort dictated words by their spelling patterns. 

I use an Analogy Chart to teach the students various skills, such as the silent e rule, vowel patterns or word endings.  You can gradually increase the challenge by dictating words with different rimes, as well as adding blends, digraphs, prefixes and suffixes, depending on the students' Guided Reading Level.  

Students are given two *key* words they can easily spell.  They write those two words at the top of their Analogy Chart.   Dictate new, unknown words and have students repeat the word after you, attending to the targeted skill.  Students then write the words in the appropriate column.

Jan Richardson offers various tips in her book, The Next Step in Guided Readingfor teachers using Analogy Charts with their students.  Below are two tips I found to be very useful.  

Tip #1 from Jan Richardson 
*Do not use Analogy Charts until students are at a Level G, so they can develop the necessary phonemic awareness skills for blends and vowels.
 Tip #2 from Jan Richardson 
*Avoid dictating words the students already know how to spell, so they are forced to use the analogy strategy. 

Hope you find the tips and freebie useful in your classroom.  Thanks to Hello & KG Fonts, Educlips, Melonheadz, and Coffee Kids & Compulsive Lists for the fun graphics and fonts! Happy Friday and don't forget to link up your freebie with Teaching Blog Addict!


  1. Aren't analogy charts great? We do this but call it word sorting. Those little ones in RTI certainly need the extra practice, don't they? Love your cute freebie!
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. They certainly do need tons of extra practice.;) Thanks for stopping by, Lori. I appreciate your comments! :)

  2. What a great resource! I teach first grade so my kiddos are mostly reading level G at this point in the year. Thanks for sharing! :-)

    1. My pleasure, Diana! Thanks for stopping by to comment. Have a great weekend! ;)


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