At this stage of reading development, one of the greatest challenges children face is reading long words. Often, children who can easily read one- or two-syllable words have trouble with words of three or more syllables, with prefixes, suffixes and complex spelling patterns. They need new strategies and skills to attack and decode these longer words.
At the first class, students receive a workbook called Long-Word Decoding for Fourth and Fifth Graders. Using this workbook, children will learn how to recognize prefixes, suffixes, and syllables in long words and use these word parts to decode the word. They also learn a four-step process for reading multisyllabic words that they can use in all of their independent reading.