This task has students read their first words that have initial consonant blends: slam and slug. They are blends of two continuous consonants.Slam ends with a continuous sound and slug with a stop sound.
Starting with this task, when students need to re-read a sentence in order to answer a literal comprehension question, they trace their finger back to the beginning of that sentence instead of watching the instructor do it. If necessary, guide students’ fingers hand-over-hand at first.
Being able to quickly find the beginning of the sentence you are in the middle of reading is a vital reading-comprehension skill, and one that is not obvious to most students. It must be developed strategically. Don’t underestimate how important it is or how tricky it can be for many students.