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Chunk It
Teaching Segmenting & Blending as a Reading Strategy
Jack Hartmann

This song is available on Jack Hartmann's Alphabet Zoo.


Chunk the beginning, chunk it at the end
Chunk it in the middle or anyway you can
If you can’t read a word
and you don’t know what to do
Chunk, chunk, chunk it and it might help you

Chunk the word "chin"
Chunk the beginning ch ch
Chunk it at the end in in
Put the chunk together ch-in, ch-in
And you’ve go "chin"

Let’s chunk the word "rainbow"
Chunk the beginning rain rain
Chunk it at the end bow bow
Put the chunks together rain bow, rain bow
And you’ve got "rainbow"

Repeat Chorus

Let’s chunk the word "anteaters"
Chunk the beginning ant ant
Chunk the middle eat eat
Chunk the end ers ers
Put the chunks together ant eat ers
And you’ve got anteaters

Repeat Chorus

Let’s chunk the word "_________"
Chunk the beginning ___ ___
Chunk the middle ___ ___
Chunk the end ___ ___
Put the chunks together ___ ___ ___
And you’ve got "_________"

Teaching Tips from Jack Hartmann:

This song teaches chunking of blends, digraphs, endings and smaller words within bigger words.
The message in the chorus is a good one to remember when trying to figure out a word. Use visuals to show the chunking strategy. Research seems to indicate that any type of chunking can be helpful to children. (i.e., blends, digraphs, endings and little words within bigger words).

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Many thanks to Jack Hartmann for permission to display these lyrics.
© Jack Hartmann & Hop 2 It Music. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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