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FLYING FISH GOAL ➤ To

FLYING FISH GOAL ➤ To build decoding and word skills necessary for fluent reading. Objectives ➤ Identify common, irregular sight words. ➤ Match spoken and written forms of most frequently used words. SKILLS Cognitive Skills Memory – working memory and long-term memory attention – sustain attentional focus while monitoring a stream of possible answers for the correct word processing – auditory and visual processing Reading/Language Arts Skills ➤ Word recognition – Match the spoken and written forms of words that appear with high frequency in English print (200 highest frequency English words). Fast ForWord Reading Level 1 | 37

FLYING FISH Reading Curriculum Standards ➤ Read common, irregular sight words. Description Flying Fish helps participants build skills necessary for fluent reading, such as decoding and word identification. The student is repeatedly presented with the 200 most frequently used words in written English, and is required to distinguish among them and identify them. This exercise improves phonological working memory by requiring the student to remember a spoken word while attending to a series of written words, and selecting the word that matches. Flying Fish also provides practice in visual tracking to reinforce left-to-right patterns. How Students Work on Flying Fish Flying Fish provides practice in matching the spoken and written forms of words that appear with a high frequency in English print. The 200 highest frequency English words are covered in this exercise. The student works with each set of words in 3 stages. At all stages, the task is to click the fish with the word that matches the word spoken by the pelican. In the first stage, the fishing pelican pronounces a word while the written word appears in a speech bubble. Then, as individual words are spoken, fish with words written on their sides fly across the screen. In the second stage the pelican pronounces a word, but the written word is not displayed. Then flying fish display written words, but these words are not pronounced. The third stage is the Fluency Round. The words are presented as in stage 2, but now the student works with words from multiple word sets. Possible responses are presented at increasingly faster rates. KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS Button Paw Keyboard Shortcut Space bar How Students Progress through Flying Fish Flying Fish progresses through 6 levels. Level 1 includes the very highest frequency words (e.g., the, of, and, that, was). Each subsequent level includes slightly lower frequency words. Level 6 includes the lowest frequency words covered in this exercise; however, even these words occur with a very high frequency in English print (e.g., eat, soon, less, blue, thank, enough). The presentation rate of the sequence of words varies. The sequence starts off slow and speeds up as the student advances through 38 | Fast ForWord Reading Level 1