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Orton-Gillingham Word List Strategies

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hi everyone! It's Tuesday, and I'm back with more OG tips to get you started for the upcoming school year. Today, I'm blogging about how I use my words and sentences lists. This was one of the requested topics from a weeks back on my Facebook page. Hopefully seeing photos will help to give a better understanding.

After being a classroom teacher for 13 years, I am now a WAHM. I also travel to homes to deliver Orton-Gillingham instruction. Because I travel, I need to keep materials very organized. In preparation for a lesson, I'll create my plans based on the previous lesson's outcomes, and print out a words and sentences list.

In this post, you'll see that I've used lists from Level 2 OG. I was trained with Orton-Gillingham Associates LLC. This is a group of trainers using the OG methodology from Massachusetts General Hospital. I have a specific checklist of phonograms and skills I follow. If you would like a copy, emailed to you to see my progression, I will email it to trained and certified OG instructors ONLY, please. Feel free to request one in the comments and leave your email address.

After I introduce the new phonogram card or spelling skill, I usually will have my sand tray ready the child to trace the phonogram, and say its sound in the sand out loud.  Then, I take out the word list. This lesson was on the "kind, wild, old ghost" words.  I have the student read them out loud to me. I'm taking notes while I listen to them reading throughout this entire step. I have them use a tongue depressor as a place marker, or a highlighted place marker. Note: Put as much ownership on the student for every task. Do not do it for them. Remember: You're building independence.


Then, I take out highlighters or colored pencils. I usually have my students do one of 3 things:
  1. Highlight the long or short vowel sound they hear as they read it out loud to me on a second read.
  2. Syllabicate a word and label each syllable type and vowels with diacritical marks.
  3. Find rhyming words by drawing a circle to one word, a connecting line to the rhyming word and then circling that. See the photo below from a different lesson.

 
Next I have the student read the sentences. We scoop phrases and add scooping marks under them to practice reading smoothly. Notice how I have my student highlight the long vowel, and add the long vowel symbol.  This lesson is also about the exception to the closed syllable rule. I REALLY wanted my students to grasp that, so we read each word out loud, they highlighted it, and labeled it.

 
 
 
 
Once we finish this part of the lesson, the word list is glued into their OG notebooks. Read my last post on What's In My OG Notebook to see how I organize the notebook.

Using the word lists has several benefits:
  • The student has a copy of the words to keep and practice reading.
  • You can use the old lists to play review games or for fluency practice.
  • You can use them for multi-sensory learning by using highlighters, or colored pencils.
  • Use it for syllabication and rhyming practice. (These are both skills that dyslexic readers need lots of extra practice.)
This is just one of my strategies for helping to
keep my students organized.
 You can view and/or purchase all of my words and sentences packs by clicking here.
They come in individual sets and in a bundled version.

Feel free to add questions and/or comments below. Thank you for visiting my blog today!



35 comments:

  1. Hi Emily, thanks so much for sharing all of your wonderful OG ideas! I am currently a year into the OG training. I would love to have a copy of your phonogram progression. I also have a few other questions for you and was wondering if there is a way to correspond with you? Thank You, Michele michelenray@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Michele! I'll email you tomorrow morning. Thank you for your interest!

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    2. Hello Emily! Thank you for your wonderful tips. I trained with the Institute for Multisensory Education. I would like to have a copy of your phonogram and skills progression. Thank you. dromano5@twc.com

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  2. Hi Emily! I just love reading this! My son is severely dyslexic and as a teacher, this truly helpd me understand what he is doing and how he is learning! I am looking in to being trained.

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    1. Thank you Jessica! I'm so glad you found it helpful.

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  3. I love your blog! I received my certification in Basic OG last fall and use it with reading intervention students at my school. I would love a copy of your checklist, please. My email address is alli.sunshine114@gmail.com. Also, can you talk about your sand trays? Where did you get them? Where did you find black sand? Does the tray you use keep it from spilling pretty well?

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    1. Thank you so much! The sand tray is from a Montessori supply store I found on Amazon. It came with the sand. I wrap two large rubber bands around it when I travel and that keeps it from spilling. I'll email the checklist to you tomorrow. Thanks for your interest!!

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  4. Hi Emily,
    Thank you, your blog is inspiring. I have used OG for some time, but need some refreshing on some things. I was hoping to get a copy of your progression skills list. I really want to incorporate OG more this year with my special education students again. I would also like someone to bounce ideas off of from time to time. My email address is mdtaylor66@gmail.com.
    Marsha

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  5. Hi Emily!
    Thank you so much for sharing this post!!! I attended OG training last summer & still feel like a newbie!!! Your post is very clear & easy to follow!! I'd love a copy of your lists!! You are very sweet to share!!
    Krrogers@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Thank you!!!!

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  6. I would love a copy of your checklist. I have been trained in OG.
    stimpsont@lancastersd.k12.wi.us

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  7. Hello! I am trained in OG and would love a copy of your checklist. Thank you!

    Linda @ lhamilton@saintanastasiacatholicschool.org

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  8. Hi Emily,
    I love your blog! I am trained in OG through MGH and would love a copy of your checklist. I'm mostly curious to see if it's similar to the one that I use (which I'm happy to share with you if you're interested). I'm also interested in knowing what you use for assessment. I have pre- and post- checklists for each level. While I use them and they certainly serve their purpose, I am interested in what other people are using. Perhaps this info is embedded in your blog somewhere, but I just thought I'd ask. Thank you! Annie ann_merullo@newton.k12.ma.us

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  9. Hi Emily,
    What a find...through Pinterest...looking for words and phrases for OG 1:1. I would also love a copy of your checklist. I am a tutor and a Dyslexia Consultant trained in OG by a Fellow from the Orton Academy. Thank you for your darling artwork and practical information. So wonderful
    Thanks a bunch!
    Jan at... jrobards@marion-isd.org

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  10. Hi Emily-

    I am OG trained and would love to see your checklists and sequence of skills. Your products are great for practicing skills! Thank you! nafoley11@gmail.com

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  11. I am OG trained and would love information. I enjoy your pages and appreciate the webstie!
    Leeshapg@gmail.com

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  12. Emily,

    I am currently undergoing OG comprehensive training, and came upon your blog post. Is there anyway, I could still get your checklists/sequence from you? Thank you!! Laura Hoomes
    lhoomes@gmail.com

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  13. Hi Emily!
    I have recently completed OG training as well and was wondering if I could still get your checklists/sequence from you as well?
    Thanks!
    twjw843@yahoo.com

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  14. Hi Emily,
    I am OG trained and I would love to get your checklist/sequence from you! Thanks so much!! Kathryn Gaines
    kcgaines@me.com

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  15. Hi Emily. I am trained and use OG in my class and am always looking to update my practice, Is there any way I can get a copy of the resource you speak of in this post. I truly appreciate it. Danielle G dlitefulg@aol.com

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  16. Hi,
    I attended the first part of OG training this summer and look forward to continuing onto certification. I would love a copy of your progression list! My email is megwallace14@gmail.com. I appreciate it!

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  17. Hi,
    I am OG trained, I would love a copy of your progression list. My email is Krystale@bellsouth.net, Thank you

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  18. Hi Emily. I recently finished IMSE OG training. I would love to have a copy of your checklist of phonograms and skills. Thanks! janetmu@aol.com

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  19. Aloha from Honolulu. Great site! I'm OG trained (60-hour certification). Would love a copy of your checklist. Mahalo! kpeterson@holynativityschool.org

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  20. I would love your checklist. I was trained OG years ago. Glad I found your blog and all your great resources. Thanks!
    mayberryk@sullivaneagles.org

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  21. I am currently being trained in OG. I would really appreciate a copy of your word lists. My email is Katherine.moe@isd728.org. Thanks so much!

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  22. Hello! I am currently going through OG training for classroom teachers, I would love a copy of your progression list if you are still giving it out. Thanks!
    Scordell09@gmail.com

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  23. Hi, I love the lists that I see posted for the OG notebook. I am a certified OG teacher in Pasadena ISD. I was trained through my district and Orton Gillingham Online Academy. Yes, please share the lists with me. jpenn@pasadenaisd.org Thank you so much!

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  24. Hi, I love the lists that I see posted for the OG notebook. I am a certified OG teacher in Pasadena ISD. I was trained through my district and Orton Gillingham Online Academy. Yes, please share the lists with me. jpenn@pasadenaisd.org Thank you so much!

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  25. Hello, I would love to have a copy of your lists. I was trained with IMSE as well. My email is chanlon@bostonpublicschools.org. Thank you for sharing!

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  26. Hello, Emily; I am trained in OG and tutor at the Dyslexia Reading Center in State College, PA. Please share your list with me! Many thanks, andreamills859@gmail.com

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  27. Hi, I am an OG trained tutor from Gordon College in MA. Could you share your list with me too? stephanie.mozley@gmail.com Thank you for making this blog it is so helpful and has such great reminders.

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  28. Hi, I was OG trained at The Churchill school in NYC while teaching, and am now tutoring in OG. I would love any resources you might be willing to share. sagross@gmail.com

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  29. Hi, I am currently teaching in Georgia. I was OG trained this summer through instructors from the Schenck School. I would love any resources you may have. melherring415@gmail.com

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  30. Hi, I have not been officially trained in OG, but I do have the resources. My question is how do you know what a student needs if OG materials are not leveled. I would really like to know how to use it properly. I just try to do the best I can. It is very overwhelming but I am not really suppose to let that be known. I need a lesson plan for each book and talk with a person that can explain how it works. I many of the OG resources. I would appreciate knowing how it works.

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