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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. Related:  Reading ProblemsFluency

Teaching With a Mountain View: Top 10 Tips for Building Fluent Readers + Link Up! We have all heard about the shift that happens, usually between second and third grade, when students (should) go from learning to read to reading to learn. Unfortunately, for some students, their ability to read to learn is stifled by their inability to read fluently. Even for those kids who can read at an average pace, the faster and more accurately they can read and decode, the more effectively they can comprehend. When I taught third grade, and now as an interventionist, the importance of fluency is empathized more than ever (and has definitely met some critics). I know that fluency is NOT the end-all, be-all, but a lot of research proves that it is important, and a lot of schools are trending toward fluency being a high priority. 1. I know what you’re thinking—this is obvious. Update: I now have a FREE download that includes the above anchor chart! 2. Have you discovered the Super Speed games from Whole Brain Teaching? 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Day 1 of new passage ONLY: Every Day: 8. 9. 10.

Best iPad Apps for Dyslexia | ForDyslexia In a recent webinar from Dyslexic Advantage, which we have recommended previously, Jamie Martin from the Kildonan School reviewed his picks for the best iPad apps for dyslexia. Jamie talks about activating built-in speech-to-text features of the iPad, reading, literature, phonics apps, apps for taking notes and study skills, and math. He walks through the apps showing you how to use them and how they are useful in the classroom. To watch the webinar follow this link: Jamie Martin’s webinar Best iPad Apps for Dyslexia. Educational Computer Games and Apps for Kids FLUENCY What Every Teacher Needs to Know | ForDyslexia The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has recently published a booklet for schools called “Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know.” They sent every public elementary school in the US this resource booklet. Ask your child’s school if they received it. Below is the content of that booklet in its entirety. 1 Introduction 2 About IDA 3 What is Dyslexia? 4 Signs and Symptoms of Dyslexia 5 Social and Emotional Connection 6 Classroom Strategies, Tips, and Tools 7 Multisensory Structured Language Teaching 8 Screening, Evaluation, and Diagnosis 9 Additional Resources and Further Reading 10 References © Copyright 2013, The International Dyslexia Association (IDA). IDA encourages the reproduction and distribution of this resource kit. The degree of difficulty a child with dyslexia has with reading, spelling, and/or speaking varies from person to person due to inherited differences in brain development, as well as the type of teaching the person receives. What causes dyslexia?

Fluent Kids | Start with a Book What is fluency? Why does it matter? Reading fluency is a child's ability to read a book or other text correctly, quickly, and with expression. How fluent is your child? Fluency develops over time and with lots of practice. Phrasing and smoothness: Does your child read word-by-word with frequent hesitation? Pace: Does your child read slowly, at a mixed rate, or at a conversational rate? Expression and volume: Does your child read with a quiet voice, or with volume and expression? As your child develops fluency, you will notice that your child reads words in a meaningful way, guided by the text's punctuation. Stages of Reading Development Here are some things to do for practice Parents can use the summer months to help their child develop reading fluency. Paired or "buddy" reading The easiest and best way to help your child develop fluency is to sit with your child and read! Reread favorite books Ham it up with a script Try some of these Reader's Theater scripts: Record it Listen to books Tales2Go

Vocabulary Development During Read-Alouds: Primary Practices Reading storybooks aloud to children is recommended by professional organizations as a vehicle for building oral language and early literacy skills (International Reading Association & National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1998). Reading aloud is widely accepted as a means of developing vocabulary (Newton, Padak, & Rasinski, 2008), particularly in young children (Biemiller & Boote, 2006). Wide reading is a powerful vehicle for vocabulary acquisition for older and more proficient readers (Stanovich, 1986), but since beginning readers are limited in their independent reading to simple decodable or familiar texts, exposure to novel vocabulary is unlikely to come from this source (Beck & McKeown, 2007). Much is known about how children acquire new vocabulary and the conditions that facilitate vocabulary growth. What we know about vocabulary and read-alouds Incidental word learning through read-alouds Adult mediation in read-alouds Setting for the study Instructional focus

Helping Children With Dyslexia Blog Ottawa’s Shaylyn Hewton, 13, is a nationally ranked swimmer. She is also dyslexic and takes out her stress in the pool. The list of accomplished dyslexics is long and distinguished and includes basketballer, Michael Jordan, Boxer, Muhammad Ali, racing car driver, Sir Jackie Stewart, and golfer, Adam Scott. All these high achievers are dyslexic. And just as dyslexia didn’t stop them from reaching the top of their field, Shaylyn Hewton, 13,says it won’t stop her. “That’s definitely where I want to be,” says Shaylyn. Shaylyn’s talent doesn’t surprise Susan Barton, a California-based dyslexia expert. In 1998, Barton, 57, left a 20-year career in the IT industry to help her nephew, who was 16 and still unable to read when his dyslexia was identified. Shaylyn displayed signs of a learning disability early. Barton says with hard work, even adults whose dyslexia has never been diagnosed can acquire reading, writing and spelling skills. “But my close friends know about it.” Liz Dunoon

Reading Fluency Activities The reading fluency activities on this page are essential for children with dyslexia and struggling readers. These activities can be taught in the classroom (small and large group setting) and can also be implemented at home! Keep checking this page for more free printable reading fluency activities and other ways to increase reading fluency! Reading Self-Check Poster By enlarging this template you can help students learn and remember important self-check strategies when reading. Words Per Minute Partner Read Increase a child's reading fluency at the word level while they take turns "reading" and being the "listener". Fluency With Punctuation Print and cut apart the strips to help children practice punctuation fluency by using letters of the alphabet. Repeated Reading Homework Log Use this parent friendly homework log to help your students practice reading fluency using the repeated reading method at home. Prefixes and Suffixes Buddy Reading Reader's Theater Poetry Anthologies Read the Room Oh!

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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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