This is another blog posting, that I started during the school year, but never had time to complete. First of all, I must say that everything I've ever been taught in any college class or reading trainings really disapproves of decodable.
HOWEVER, for struggling readers when they are learning phonics skills, they need the opportunity to apply what they are learning and a decodable text works great.
Day 1: Introduce the decodable words and high frequency words. For Kip the Ant, the decodable words are: ant can Kip hit dig pat tap nap
The high frequency words are: the what do go
Students read the book w/support from the teacher.
Students write their favorite sentence from the book and read it to their partner.
Day 2: Students read the book. Focus on the decodable words. Using dry erase boards, have students write down a word like nap. Then have them erase the /n/ and replace it with a /t/. Ask students what word they made. This can be repeated with the other decodable words.
Day 3: Students read the book. Focus on the high frequency words. Students can write the high frequency words and take turns using them in sentences.
Day 4: Students cut apart sentences and put them back together. Students are able to take their book home :)