Cycle 3

In this cycle, students work with short “i,” the consonants “k,” “y-“, “z,” “d,” “l,” “f,” and the digraphs “sh,” and “ch” to decode and encode a large quantity of words with two, three and even four (if students are ready) phonemes. While words with short “i” are emphasized, short “a” is reinforced and reviewed. Note that the accumulation of the consonants from this and cycle 2 allows students to start to work with words with initial consonant blends “fl,” “dr,” “gr,” and “sp” and final “–nd,” “-nk,” and “-ng.” In addition, students are introduced to “–s” as a doing suffix.