Level B covers material at the 1st and 2nd grade level
At this level students learn that many sounds are spelled multiple ways and that many spellings represent more than one sound. This information is presented in the context of engaging sorting exercises contained in Student Workbooks B1 and B2. Specifically, students are given a sound and shown the various ways that the sound can be spelled. The so-called long-o sound can be spelled, for instance,oa, o-e, o, ow, oe, and ough. Students are presented a list of words which they read and sort according to how the target sound is spelled. The words for the sorting exercise are coded to make it clear which letters are representing which sounds. Specifically, there is a space between each grapheme (i.e., the letter or letter combination used to spell a sound) and multiple letter graphemes are underlined. Thus the word boat is presented as b oa t.
Following the sorting exercise, students are presented with a list of 8 high frequency words which, for the most part, contain the target sound for the unit. Students read these words, copy them, and then say each individual sound of the word as they underline how that sound is spelled.
Students continue to practice reading these words on the following page which contains these target words displayed in 4 rows, each row presenting the words in a different order.
Further practice reading these words is provided in each unit by having students read a series of sentences containing many of the words analyzed in the unit. Students practice reading these sentences until they achieve designated fluency targets. To ensure that students are paying attention to the meaning of the sentences as well as trying to read them quickly and accurately, each sentences is presented in cloze format, with a single word missing. Students supply the missing word from two choices presented at the end of the sentence. These sentences are "decodable." That is, they have only the code that the students have been explicitly presented. The sentences in each unit focus on using high frequency words that have the sounds and spellings the students sorted at the beginning of the unit.
In the course of all this work, students learn the multiple-letter vowel spellings (oa, ee, eigh, etc.), the past tense ending -ed, and simple yet effective techniques to read two-, three-, and four-syllable words.
Students in Level B also continue and extend exercises begun in Level A that help them sound out unfamiliar words accurately and quickly.
At the end of each unit students further extend their practice by reading a fable from Aesop. Like the storybooks for Level A, the fables are all "decodable," presenting only letter/sounds that the student has already learned.
A separate book of spelling lessons is also available for Level B-1 (1st grade) level. At this level students need to be able not only to break words into individual sounds, but to remember which of several common spellings is used to spell a particular sound in a given word. For instance, students need to know that boat is spelled b-o-a-t, and not b-o-t-e, and that sea is spelled s-e-a, and not s-e-e. The ABeCeDarian Spelling Book B-1 teaches students simple but powerful memory techniques to help them learn how to spell 500 high-frequency words.
This level is designed for students who read at the third grade level or higher but who read very slowly or can't sound out unfamiliar words reliably. It contains essentially the same content as in the B1/B2 materials but presented in an accelerated format. Moreover, unlike the regular Level B, there is much work with nonsense words, so that students must use their blending and segmenting skills and phonics knowledge to read and spell the words and not merely recite words they have already memorized as visual
Materials Needed for Level B
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Student Workbook B-2 for Homeschools and Tutors
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Student Workbook B2
Materials Needed for Level B - Short Version
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For Classroom Teachers