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READING LEVEL 1 | Teacher manual

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  • Ralphie
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  • Quail
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Teacher manual Reading level 1 Fast ForWord

QUAIL MAIL How Students

QUAIL MAIL How Students Progress through Quail Mail Quail Mail provides experience with 6 category types as follows: ➤ Basic: The student sorts pictures into the very simple categories reflected by common concrete words (e.g., given pictures of a variety of dogs and many styles of chair, students must sort them into the categories of dog and chair). ➤ Super-ordinate: The student sorts words into the more abstract categories reflected by words used for items that share the same function or class (e.g., animals, body parts, clothes) ➤ Thematic: The student sorts words into categories that reflect their frequent association by place or event (e.g., animals in a zoo, things in a classroom). ➤ Descriptive (functions): The student sorts words into categories that reflect what the items are commonly used for (e.g., clean with it, go places with it). ➤ Descriptive (features): The student sorts words into categories that reflect salient features of the items (e.g., It is bigger than a car. Careful, it’s sharp!) ➤ Linguistic: The student sorts words into categories based on number (e.g., many), verb tense (e.g., happened before), or whether it would answer a who, what, when, or where question. Each category type includes 2 category groups (4 categories per group). Quail Mail students work with progressively larger numbers of words in progressively more categories. In the first level, students sort pictures presented without written words. For all subsequent levels, students work with spoken and written words. Initially, pictures are presented along with the words. Later, the same words are presented without pictures, to be sorted into the same group of categories. How Students Advance in Quail Mail When starting to work on a new group of categories, Quail Mail presents 2 different categories (such as bugs and birds) from the first category group. The student then sorts 8 different pictures/words (such as butterfly and duck) into these categories. (The first time the student enters the exercise, he or she will be introduced to the task by sorting only 4 words into a single category. This group of trials is not evaluated.) ➤ After the 8 words have been sorted, Quail Mail evaluates that group of trials. If the student has sorted 100% of the words correctly, Quail Mail adds 2 more categories and more items to be sorted until the student is sorting 32 pictures/words into 4 different categories. ➤ After the 32 pictures/words have been sorted, Quail Mail evaluates that group of trials. If the student has sorted 90% of the trials correctly for the current category group, Quail Mail presents 32 words (without pictures) to be sorted into the same 4 categories. Fast ForWord Reading Level 1 | 45

QUAIL MAIL ➤ After the 32 words have been sorted, Quail Mail evaluates that group of trials. If the student has sorted 90% of the word-only trials correctly for the current category group, Quail Mail advances to a Fluency Round. The student sorts words into the same 4 categories, but each trial now has a time limit. Each Fluency Round lasts only 1 minute and the trials are not counted towards advancement. The Fluency Round provides the student extra practice and the opportunity to earn more points. (The Basic category type includes pictures only, no words. For that reason, this group of trials and the Fluency Round are not presented for the Basic category type.) ➤ After the Fluency Round ends, Quail Mail advances to the next category group and begins again with 2 categories and 8 pictures/words. When sorting a group of 8 pictures/words into only 2 categories, if the student does not sort all of the words correctly after 3 tries, Quail Mail presents the other 2 categories in the category group and the student gets 3 tries to correctly sort 8 new pictures/words into those categories. When sorting a group of 32/pictures/words into 4 categories, if the student does not meet the criteria for a group of trials, the group repeats up to 2 more times to provide the student with a total of 3 attempts. ➤ When the paw turns into a timer, the Fluency Round begins. The student must work on the exercise as before, but faster; they only have a few seconds to sort each word. The student should sort the words as quickly as possible, without making mistakes, to earn the most points. Bonus points are not displayed until the Fluency Round ends. The Fluency Round ends when the timer runs out. Note: Quail Mail tracks responses during the Fluency Round, but the round does not affect a student’s standing in the exercises. Instead, this is a fun opportunity for the student to review words and earn extra points. Mastery If after 3 attempts, the student has not met the criteria for passing a group of trials, Quail Mail transitions the student to the next category group. At the end of the exercise, those category groups which were not passed are repeated, using the same progression and rules of advancement as when they were originally presented. The student will continue to work on these category groups until mastery is achieved. Points Awarded in Quail Mail Quail Mail awards points to the student based on the following conditions: ➤ Correct answers: The student earns 4 points for each trial that is completed correctly. ➤ Bonus points: After the student completes 10 trials correctly, Quail Mail rewards the student’s performance with 10 bonus points. 46 | Fast ForWord Reading Level 1