After going through my students' beginning of the year forms, I noticed many of them said they struggled with reading multisyllablic words and spelling.
To confirm my suspicions that they lacked phonics instruction, I gave them a syllable sort. You can read the whole story here, but basically they were completely stumped.
So I started instruction with closed syllables and progressed from there.
They had their quick check on Friday and most of them did quite well. I know that some still need more instruction, but I'm excited to move from syllables to word chunking strategies during RTI time.
You can snag the syllable overview and syllable sort here.