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Build-a-Word: Spelling Words With Ending Blends

Antonio Fierro, Ed.D.
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Antonio Fierro: Let's use the build-a-word strategy with blends, but in the final position. The word is best. "Marion is my best friend." What's the word? Best. Alright, let's identify those phonemes. Best. /b/, /ĕ/, s/, /t/. Best. /b/, /ĕ/, s/, /t/. I have four phonemes, so I have four lines. /b/, /ĕ/, /s/, /t/. All right. The first phoneme is /b/. Which grapheme represents that sound? Letter 'b'. /ĕ/ ... hmm ... Which grapheme? /ĕ/ ... 'e'. /s/ ... Which grapheme? 's'. And the final is /t/ ... Which grapheme? 't'. Here is my blend in the final position. Let's go ahead and write the word "best." Best

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