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READING LEVEL 2 | Teacher manual

Teacher manual Reading level 2 Fast ForWord

FISH FRENZY How Students

FISH FRENZY How Students Progress through Fish Frenzy Fish Frenzy progresses through 6 levels. Level 1 includes s sample of words grouped by length. Levels 2 through 6 present sets of words grouped by initial letter (so that students must read the entire word, rather than relying on the first letter alone). The words presented at Level 6 are not necessarily harder than those presented at Level 2. The most challenging task in this exercise is the second stage task, which requires independent reading of the words. The presentation rate of the sequence of words varies: the sequence starts off slow, and speeds up as the student advances through the exercise. How Students Advance in Fish Frenzy Fish Frenzy presents progressively lower-frequency words, requiring that the student master each word in 2 stages. The words are presented in groups of 10. ➤ In Stage 1, the student matches a word that is written and spoken with other words that are written and spoken. • If the student matches 9 out of the 10 words correctly (90% accuracy), the student advances to Stage 2. • If the student does not match 9 out of 10 words correctly, the group of words is repeated for the current stage. The student is given 3 attempts to pass the group of words and advance to Stage 2. ➤ In Stage 2, the student is required to match spoken words with written words. • If the student matches 9 of the 10 words correctly in Stage 2, the next group of words is presented. The student is given 3 attempts to pass this stage. • After the student meets the criteria for both stages of 4 groups of words, a Fluency Round is presented. Fluency Round In the Fluency Round, words from the previous 4 groups are presented as in Stage 2, and at the fastest rate. The Fluency Round lasts only one minute and these trials are not counted towards advancement. The Fluency Round provides extra practice for the student, and the opportunity to earn more points. Mastery If after 3 attempts, the student has not met the criteria for passing a group of words at the current stage, Fish Frenzy transitions the student to the first stage of the next group. At the end of the exercise, those word groups which were not passed are repeated, beginning with Stage 1, using the same progression and rules of advancement as when they were originally presented. The student will continue to work on these groups of words until mastery is achieved. Fast ForWord Reading Level 2 | 57

FISH FRENZY Points Awarded in Fish Frenzy Fish Frenzy awards points to the student based on the following conditions: ➤ Correct answers: The student earns 3 points for each trial that is completed correctly. ➤ Bonus points: After the student completes 12 trials correctly, Fish Frenzy rewards the student’s performance with 10 bonus points. Fish Frenzy Content Fish Frenzy 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 begins slowly, and then speeds up as the student advances through the exercise. 58 | Fast ForWord Reading Level 2