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WORD ATTACK STRATEGIES!

What can I do if I
can’t read a word?
• Look at the pictures for clues to help you
figure out the words

• Say the first few sounds of the word out
loud
• Read to the end of the sentence and say
the words again

• Stretch the words out slowly
• Slide the sounds together to figure out the
word

• Look for a “chunk” that you know
(-and, -art, -old, -ing)
• Look for a word part (be-, -er)
• Skip the word
• Read to the end of the sentence
• “Hop back” and read the word again
• If you tried the short vowel sound, try it
with the long vowel sound
• Which one makes sense?

• Try to read the sentence again
• Try a word that makes sense

• After you have tried all the other
strategies ask for help