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READING LEVEL 2 | Teacher manual

Teacher manual Reading level 2 Fast ForWord

ear bags: more lunch

ear bags: more lunch toast pops out of the toaster and displays a word. The word is read aloud by the computer. The student must determine which category the word fits into, and then click that category bin (lunch bag). The student can click the speaker buttons next to each lunch bag to repeat the category description, or click the yellow paw to hear the word repeated. How Students Progress through Bear Bags: More Lunch Students progress through 6 levels of Bear Bags: More Lunch. These levels are based on the type of phoneme to sort by and its position within each word, and the difficulty of the set of alternate responses. The difficulty level is determined by whether the alternate responses are phonetically dissimilar (easier) or phonetically similar (more difficult). As the responses become more similar the students are required to pay closer attention to individual phonemes that may sound very much alike (‘p’ and ‘b’ for example.) Bear Bags: More Lunch provides practice with the following phonemes: Initial Consonants: Phonetically dissimilar alternate responses ➤ Category groups {bl,fr,sp,br}, {cl,pr,sw,sc}, {gl,tr,sm,th}, {pl,gr,sn,ch}, {fl,cr,sk,sh}, {sl,dr,st,th} Final Consonants: Phonetically dissimilar alternate responses ➤ Category groups {nt,lf,ss,ch}, {st,nk,ll,-ed}, {ft,ng,z,th}, {lt,ck,sh,ff}, {mp,x,th,ng}, {nd,ff,-ing,-s} Short Vowels (Medial) ➤ Category groups {a,e,o,u}, {a,e,i,o}, {a,i,o,u} Initial Consonants: Phonetically similar alternate responses ➤ Category groups {bl,pl,br,pr}, {cl,gl,cr,gr}, {fl,sl,fr,sw}, {tr,dr,st,sk}, {sm,sn,sp,sc}, {sh,th,ch,sw} Final Consonants: Phonetically similar alternate responses ➤ Category groups {ff,ll,lf,ft}, {x,ck,ch,sh}, {ng,nk,nd,nt}, {st,lt,-ed,ft}, {-s,th,-ing,nk}, {ss,zz,mp,nt} Long Vowels (Medial) ➤ Category groups {a,e,o,u}, {a,e,o,u}, {a,e,i,o} Fast ForWord Reading Level 2 | 19

ear bags: more lunch How Students Advance in Bear Bags: More Lunch Bear Bags: More Lunch exposes students to progressively larger numbers of words in progressively more phoneme categories. ➤ When starting to sort a new group of phonemes, Bear Bags: More Lunch presents 2 different phoneme categories (/bl/ and /fr/) from the first category group (Initial Consonants, {bl, pl, br, pr}). The student then sorts 8 different words into these categories. (The first time the student enters the exercise, he or she is 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, Bear Bags: More Lunch evaluates that group of trials. If the student has sorted 100% of the words correctly, Bear Bags: More Lunch adds 2 more categories and more items to be sorted until the student is sorting 20 pictures/words into 4 different categories. ➤ After the 20 words have been sorted, Bear Bags: More Lunch evaluates that group of trials. If the student has sorted 90% of the trials correctly for the current category group, Bear Bags: More Lunch advances to a Fluency Round. The student sorts words into the same 4 categories, but each trial now has a time limit. The Fluency Round lasts for only one minute and the trials do not count toward advancement. The Fluency Round provides extra practice for the student, and the chance to earn more points. ➤ After the Fluency Round ends, Bear Bags: More Lunch advances to the next category group and begins again with 2 categories and 8 pictures/words. If the student fails to meet the criteria to pass a group of trials, the group repeats up to 2 more times to allow the student 3 attempts at mastery. When sorting 8 words into only 2 categories, if the student does not sort all of the words correctly after 3 tries, Bear Bags: More Lunch 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. 20 | Fast ForWord Reading Level 2