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Long U CVCe Freebies & Autism Advice Needed

I have a 3rd grade student with autism who is the sweetest boy.  He doesn't have any behavior issues and is seriously one of the cutest kids I've ever meet.  However, he is in his own world a lot.  During small group instruction, I have to prompt him many times to stay on task and keep working.  During whole group instruction, he's really not with me.

His oral and reading comprehension is fairly low.  He can decode ok, but the words really don't have much meaning for him.  When I'm instructing class, he's staring into space a lot and not following along.  If he is following along, I feel like a lot of times there's just no way he can comprehend what I'm trying to explain (for example: complete sentences, comprehension strategies, science in the gen ed class).  The gen ed teacher is seeing the same thing in her class.

I really don't know how to best instruct him or reach him.  If any of you have any suggestions or advice for me, I would really appreciate it!  I want to do the best I can to make him successful; however, I don't really know where to go from here.

Now onto the freebies.  This week we'll be doing the Long U CVCe pattern.  Can I just say that I despise teaching Long U patterns?  Seriously, this is my least favorite pattern.  The Long U sound sounds funny to me.  I feel like it's hard for kids to get.  The words aren't very common and they're not very many of them.  So this is one unit that I struggled to come up with stuff.  Anyone else feel this way about Long U?

Don't Be Rude!
Short U & Long U CVCe Game

Short U and Long U CVCe Word to Picture Match

You might also like this game:
Surfer Dude!
Short U & Long U CVCe Game

Don't Be Rude graphics from Microsoft Office Clip Art
Surfer Dude original artwork from Whimsy Primsy
Short U & Long U Word to Picture Match original artwork from Scrappin' Doodles


  1. Adorable games! Thanks for sharing your time and talent.

  2. Cute! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. wow these are too fabulous! I hadn't really thought about whether I liked long u or not, but now that I have these resources I think long u will be just fine :) Thank you!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  4. I love your games!! I am totally using them!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing all of your wonderful games!

  6. Regarding your kiddo with Autism:
    have you tried breaking down things for him in smaller chunks? Like, with a visual schedule? For example, if he is with you for an hour with your other kiddos in that grade, maybe break your class time into 15 minute, more manageable chunks. So, if he knows that every day you will do a mini lesson, guided practice, and independent practice, he might have a schedule that shows these three things, and a timer to indicate when the next thing will happen. If there is something that is really motivating for him, like a preferred computer game etc, you may want to tell him if he can get through three 15 minute blocks (Start with one and work him up) he can have 15 minutes of the preferred activity. I'm not sure if that is helpful... or if it makes any sense! I just got your email, btw, so I'll respond to that soon.

    LOVE the U activities. Thanks so much for sharing!!! I agree--teaching the sounds of long U is WAY tough for our kiddos.

    I'm in the process of getting my blog going...hopefully it will be ready soon!


  7. Thank you soooo much for the freebies! They make my day! :)

  8. Thanks so much for the games. About your kidoo, what about an If/then board with pictures. If they do teacher directed activity than they get a choice reward. You can set the time limit and work up to what your wanting them to complete like their peers. One of my students loves this board, she also has one that she has four pieces to get a choice reward. Even her bad days turn out to be okay when she thinks she's inchange.

  9. Your freebies are great...they save me so much time!! I am a special education teacher in a more self contained classroom. I have several kids that are on the autism spectrum at a variety of levels. What I have found to be the most helpful is putting them on a work schedule until I can sit with them one on one to go over specific new content in smaller chunks. Also, in those one on one settings I teach the same lesson several times until the content has been absorbed. If you would like I could send you a picture of the variety of work schedules I have in my room to give you more of a visual idea.

    Have a good week!

  10. I get so excited about all of your activities and games so I have chosen you to receive the Versatile Blogger Award!

  11. Thank you for sharing these amazing games!! I think you did an amazing job for someone who despises U!!

    Is there some kind of visual/physical signal you can set up with your friend to help him remain on task during both small and large group instruction?

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  12. I really like the games you have posted! Thanks for sharing.
    About your Autistic friend, many kids with autism have certain topics they prefer. My student last year was VERY into lions. If I asked her to read as long as I related it to lions she would stay engaged. This topic was easy to expand, we read about large cats and then pet cats. It wasn't perfect but it was something. As time went on, I would make her read some non-lion stories and then as a reward she could do something lion related. If you can find out if your student has a preferred topic you may be able to use that.

  13. Thanks for the freebies. I would recommend reading the book Word Callers. This book is for students who decode well, but to not generate meaning. The author believes that some students have inflexible thinking and only can use one process (decoding or comprehending) at a time. The author includes an easy word sort assessment to determine if this is the students difficulty. Also, an intervention plan and lessons on different comprehension strategies are provided. Just another tool to use to see what is causing his comprehension difficulties--it may be more than just inattention. Autistic students have difficulty with flexible thinking. Also, see if the child is more successful with nonfiction text, as students with autism have difficulty with taking the perspective of the character and are more literal thinkers.

  14. Your work is beautiful! Thanks for sharing...:)