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  • Writer's pictureErica Klein Grasp Reading

Soft G and Hard G

Updated: Mar 17, 2022

Each week, I a.dd a new free resource for members of Grasp Reading. I will always do my best to explain how best to use these resources and the prerequisites your student will need to use it without frustration. Please comment if you have questions or need further clarification

This week I have a game for students to practice "soft g" and "hard g."

To successfully use this game the student should already know:

1. Letter sounds for the following letters:

  • Short vowels: a, e, i, o, u

  • "Magic" or "bossy" or "name game" e. When an "e" at the end of the word makes the previous vowel say it's name like a_e and i_e

  • b, c, d, f, l, m, n, r, s, t

  • The vowel sounds of "y" (y can make a long e sound at the end of a word and a long i sound in the middle of the word).

2. How to blend the sounds in order to read a word including words with multiple consonant blends.

3. Should be familiar with double consonants and how we say the sound only once.

4. How to decode a word with more than one syllable.

If your student can do all the above, you can introduce them to strategies for reading "soft G" and "hard G."

Soft g makes a sound like /j/ as in gentle, giraffe, gym. Hard g makes the /g/ sound like in game, gut, golf. Tell your student that when "g" is followed by an e, i, or y it usually makes the soft sound. The game is set up to show only words that do follow this rule. They are ready to play! The student reads the word aloud and sorts it into "soft g" or "hard g" pile. Enjoy!

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