Phonics Free printable worksheets © Contributed by Leanne Guenther There are differences in opinion about whether using phonics is useful in teaching children to read. My personal opinion is that everyone learns differently -- try a variety of things with your kids until you find what works for them. Word Clouds for Kids! ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit ABCya.com each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. Apple, The New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine and Scholastic, to name just a few, have featured ABCya’s popular educational games.
Lesson Plans and Activities for Teaching Phonics Want to try phonics in your classroom but don't know where to start? These free resources, including lessons and activities, will help you use phonics to promote reading success. Professional Development Resources Explicit Systemic Phonics by Wiley Blevins (PDF) This detailed article describes the critical components of a good phonics lesson. Bitesize Phonemic Awareness Assessment Tools Recognizing Rhyme Assessment Here are two different versions of the Rhyming Assessment tool: Recognizing Rhyme Assessment NO QuickTime movie version Recognizing Rhyme Assessment
Lesson Plan: Phonemic Awareness, Say it and Move It Most people have never heard of a part of the reading process called Phonemic Awareness. Everyone knows that phonics is the actual sounds of the letters. Phonemic awareness is carrying this a step further and putting the letters together. Some people learn this with little practice, while others have to be taught.
Understanding and Assessing Fluency Let's cut through the buzz around fluency and review what reading fluency is, why it is essential to ensure that our students have sufficient fluency, how fluency should be assessed, and how to best provide fluency practice and support for our students. We'll start by defining fluency. While the National Reading Panel's definition of fluency as the ability to read text with accuracy, appropriate rate, and good expression (NICHD, 2000) is widely accepted among fluency researchers, these experts continue to debate the more subtle aspects of fluency (Stecker, Roser, and Martinez, 1998; Wolf and Katzir-Cohen, 2001). However it is defined, this much is certain: Fluency is necessary, but not sufficient*, for understanding the meaning of text. When children read too slowly or haltingly, the text devolves into a broken string of words and/or phrases; it's a struggle just to remember what's been read, much less extract its meaning. Student placed vocal emphasis on appropriate words.
Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Fourth Edition The PPVT-4 test offers many enhancements to a vocabulary assessment that has been well respected for 50 years. This latest edition has been co-normed with the Expressive Vocabulary Test, Second Edition (EVT™-2), allowing you to make direct comparisons between receptive and expressive vocabulary performance. Quick and easy to administer, the PPVT-4 saves you valuable time—so that you can focus on implementing successful interventions. Ideal for progress monitoring! Unlike some other measures of vocabulary, the PPVT-4 supplies two equivalent forms of the test which contain different vocabulary items—helping ensure the individual has not “learned” the test. One form can be used prior to intervention to assess individuals’ vocabulary knowledge and the alternative form can be used for re-testing to evaluate and document progress.
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