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FOUNDATIONS I Teacher Manual

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Exercise Overview Targeted Practice This exercise uses built-in, responsive technology to detect when a student is struggling and administer targeted, inline instruction—right when the student needs it—without any external resources or assistance required. This helps reduce frustration as it quickly gets the student back on track, so they can continue making progress. Whalien Match provides a variety of targeted interventions, such as: coaching, strategy walk-throughs and modeling, and motivational comments. The student’s progression in the exercise stops temporarily while working through an intervention, then resumes when the student returns to the regular exercise content. One type of intervention, Alternate Stimuli, allows students to learn how to complete the task and discover strategies for clearing the screens using number names instead of syllables/words. It should be easier for students to distinguish between familiar number names and remember them. Students are provided immediate feedback as to whether their answer is correct or incorrect. These objects in this pod of shipwrecked aliens are a little different. The sounds they make are numbers. Find the objects with the matching numbers. “one” “one” “two” 88 Whalien Match Teacher Manual

Exercise Overview Acoustically Modified Speech Have you ever worked with a student who had modifications for additional think time, extra wait time, or for teachers to speak more slowly? All of these modifications provide the student with extra time to make sense of information, also known as processing time. For students who struggle with processing speed, and for those learning a new language, slowing down the rate of speech and emphasizing specific sounds can be very beneficial to develop accurate phonological representations, while increasing comprehension. “Why does everything sound so strange?” Fast ForWord’s acoustically modified speech technology (sometimes referred to as “glasses for the ears”) slows and emphasizes speech sounds so that students can hear all sounds in a word. This technology can even stretch out sounds that are physically impossible for human speakers to stretch on their own. Some speech sounds, such as the /b/ sound in the word “bat,” have very fast transitional elements. When we say them aloud, these elements are easy to miss, but slowing them and emphasizing them (by presenting them at a higher volume) helps the brain to hear and respond to them more quickly. The modified words and syllables in the Fast ForWord exercises may sound strange or mechanical to those who process sounds quickly. But for students who need a little extra time, the modified sounds and words will be easier to hear than natural speech. As students progress, the stretching and emphasis are reduced, pushing the brain to process at faster and faster rates until it can process natural speech. Why Does Everything Sound So Strange? (Student) in Student & Teacher Resources Why Fast ForWord Sounds the Way it Does (Teacher) in Student & Teacher Resources Did you know? In Whalien Match students match objects representing different, but similar sounding syllables/words together. Why did we choose the syllables and words used in this exercise? Whalien Match is designed to challenge the brain to match syllables that represent common English language sound combinations that are very similar to one another—like big, dig, and pig. In order to do this, the brain has to be able to separate individual sounds like /b/, /i/, and /g/, that make up the word big. Whalien Match exercises students’ auditory processing by helping their brains improve their ability to distinguish these individual sounds and differentiate them from one another in closely related combinations. The individual sounds in big, dig, and pig vary by only their initial consonant sounds—/b/, /d/, and /p/—but the words have entirely different things. Confusing similar sounding words impedes comprehension and can be very embarrassing. Being able to hear and absorb information clearly is essential for rapid word recognition, helping the brain to accurately store and quickly recall content. The more accurately and precisely the sounds for each word are received and transmitted in the first place, the better able the brain will be able to record it and relate it to other experiences. When the brain makes an attempt to recall the information about each different word—big, dig, and pig—a clear image of each word, based on its distinct sounds, meanings, and other associations will enable the brain to access the information faster and more easily. The increased speed in word recognition in turn improves the ability to remember the words practiced and make generalizations towards other similar words that might be easily confused or misread. Whalien Match Teacher Manual 89