In this task, students will learn the sound /ər/ as in letter.
Even though this sound is made of two characters that usually represent two continuous sounds, we want students to recognize it as a single unit, which is why the characters are visibly connected.
Like the other letter combinations that you’ve taught (th, sh, ch), your finger will stay over the dot beneath the sound the whole time that you say the sound, rather than moving from beneath the e to beneath the r.
This is the first time that students read these words with symbols beneath all of the irregularly-pronounced sounds.
Students don’t have to read these words the slow way, but they may. Only correct them if they make an error while reading these words the fast way.
The final part of this task introduces reading words sub-vocally when the words have two syllables.
Ensure that students touch under the words when reading them silently and when saying them fast.
If a student struggles, ask the student to read the word slowly out loud so that you can diagnose the problem.