Dancing Bears Book C

by Hilary Burkard Author

This is the level where reading ability really starts to take off. Difficult endings such as in future, entire, and compare are taught, along with the common -ion and -le endings. One pattern which can cause a lot of problems is when the silent e is dropped in words like hoping, pupils often forget that the vowel is still long; so they will read hopping instead. Dancing Bears Book C contains plenty of exercises which make this pattern easy. Words beginning with soft c (central, circle) and soft g (gentle, gypsy) are introduced, and old patterns introduced in Books A and B are constantly revisited to make sure they are not forgotten. The y to i rule (copy, copies) is taught and words starting with ph and hard ch (photo, chemist) are introduced. At this level, the cloze sentences and Wordbuilders are an important aid to building vocabulary. The serial story of 'Froid the Pet Snail' continues to its exciting and happy conclusion.


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In Print
Suggested Grades
2nd - 12th


  • 1 -are, -ire (8)
  • 2 food, school, choose, shoot, soon, room, word, worth, work (14)
  • 3 -le, pure, cure, sure (19)
  • 4 dead, head, bread, read, early, learn, war, warm (22)
  • 5 -are, -ire; Longer words (28)
  • 6 pretty, goes, does, trouble, double, people, idea, poor (31)
  • 7 Dropping the 'e' (36)
  • 8 -ion (46)
  • 9 ready, instead, heavy, healthy, heard, search, warning (49)
  • 10 guess, guest, guitar, guard, guide, guilty, sign (57)
  • 11 pirate (59)
  • 12 Soft 'c' (65)
  • 13 'y' to 'i' (82)
  • 14 thought, ought, bought, fought, busy, great, break (85)
  • 15 -ure (90)
  • 16 quiet, keys (95)
  • 17 young, country, couple, touch, laugh, build, built (102)
  • 18 moustache (104)
  • 19 rough, tough, enough, eight, police (110)
  • 20 -age (117)
  • 21 bear, wear, tear, swear, lie, tie, die, pie (120)
  • 22 Soft 'g' (125)
  • 23 ph, hard 'ch' (134)
  • 24 fruit, juice, suit, cruise, bruise, island (137)

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