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SuperSpeed: Game of Champ Readers!

SuperSpeed: Game of Champ Readers!
Improving student reading speed, of all serious educational problems, is one of the easiest to solve. Only 100 words, sight words, make up over 50% of the words students will ever read. Many of these words cannot be sounded out phonetically and thus must be known at sight, instantly. The more quickly students can read sight words, the faster they will read. Superspeed reading games developed by Whole Brain Teachers of America and classroom tested by hundreds of educators, provide a simple, extremely entertaining way to help K-12 students improve their reading speed. SuperSpeed Letters and Phonics teaches K-2 students the alphabet and letter sounds; SuperSpeed 100 helps K-3 (and remedial) students master the 100 most common sight words; SuperSpeed 1000, designed for 3rd-high school students, teaches the 1,000 most common sight words. SuperSpeed is played as follows: For more information, contact Chris Biffle.

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This method/game seems at first a great way to improve fluency since being able to read common words with extreme speed should make for more natural, properly spaced reading. I certainly can't disagree that sight word mastery should help improve fleuncy but it would seem that word attack skills are what the students I have seen/worked with really need to improve upon. by alarsen1 Jul 13

The games on this site encourage collaboration among students. One can never get enough practice with their letters and sight words (at least not in kindergarten). A good selection of options depending on skill levels. by amayberry1 Jul 2

I know that reading FAST is not the objective, and this does not improperly emphasize speed over comprehension. It uses games such as SuperSpeed Letters and Phonics and teaches K-2 students the alphabet and letter sounds; SuperSpeed 100 helps K-3 (and remedial) students master the 100 most common sight words; SuperSpeed 1000, designed for 3rd-high school students, teaches the 1,000 most common sight words. The games use lists of sight words (click "Free Downloads") and you can download the games. It is very helpful that they are arranged by order of frequency in reading. by drsinasoul Mar 27

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