1 to 1 match is probably one of the most important tasks a new reader can achieve. Making the connection between voice and print will help them move forward in independence and comprehension.
As much as this skill seems to be obvious, the struggle is real. Students who struggle with this skill are lacking a clear concept of word and concept of print.
Teaching 1 to 1
Teaching students to be aware of 1-to-1 match is a beginning level skill. Using early readers, students need to be able to match voice to print.
Teachers might have students count the words on the page and count the words as they repeat the sentence.
Once students realize the words on the page should match the words they are saying, they can begin to use decoding strategies to read more. To ensure 1-to-1 match, students can use many methods to practice 1-to-1.
The picture above shows combining the poetry center with 1-to-1 practice using bingo daubers. Teachers can also use mini-erasers, flattened marbles, or highlighters to underline words.
Students should be taught with single syllable words and eventually moving to multisyllabic words.
1 to 1 Intervention
Regardless of the way 1-to-1 match was taught and practiced, some students will need targeted intervention and practice beyond the norm.
Using match mats, students are directed to put their finger on each dot corresponding to each word.
The mats include sight words and picture support.
Students can practice reading with 1-to-1 and with confidence.
1 to 1 Independence Practice and Center Ideas
As with most skills, independent practice is a must. Using the mats can give students a structured start to this task.
Moving on from a structured setting, students can be given sentence builders to create the sentences as they are given orally.
Students can be given the sight word starters and several endings to order.
As they are successful, students can be given larger cards to create sentences in a pocket chart setting.
Providing practice can be crucial to student success with early reading.
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