Word Recognition Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about word recognition with this helpful lesson plan. They will read a text lesson, take an accompanying quiz on word recognition, and engage in a related hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define word recognition
  • Describe the five stages of word recognition
  • Explain strategies students can use in each of the five stages


60-75 minutes


  • Copy of the text lesson What is Word Recognition? - Stages & Skills (one per student) and the related lesson quiz (one per student)
  • Internet access
  • Preprinted worksheets of 30 third grade vocabulary words, enough for one copy per pair of students (preparation details below)

Curriculum Standards


Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes.


Decode words with common Latin suffixes.


Decode multisyllable words.


Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

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