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READING LEVEL 2 | Teacher manual

Teacher manual Reading level 2 Fast ForWord

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ant antics GOAL ➤ To build skills in sentence comprehension. Objectives ➤ Improve syntax and vocabulary skills. ➤ Develop logical reasoning. SKILLS Cognitive Skills Memory — using working memory to compare similar phrases and sentences Attention — focused and sustained attention Processing — visual processing Sequencing — using word order and grammar to identify subtle differences in meaning among phrases and sentences Reading/Language Arts Skills ➤ Sentence comprehension — comprehend each presented sentence in order to choose the phrase or sentence that best describes the picture on the screen ➤ Syntax — understand 24 syntactic structures of varying complexity ➤ Logical reasoning — use logical reasoning rather than rely only on common sense to make the correct response ➤ Decoding/fluency — decode phrases and sentences using a small set of highly decodable words, eventually working with longer sentences and more varied vocabulary, build automatic word recognition by reading a key set of words several times in different sentences Fast ForWord Reading Level 2 | 85

ant antics Reading Curriculum Standards ➤ State the purpose in reading (i.e., tell what information is sought) ➤ Use knowledge of the author’s purpose(s) to comprehend informational text ➤ Recognize cause-and-effect relationships in a text Description Ant Antics helps students develop sentence comprehension skills, and helps participants improve syntax and vocabulary skills, all of which are crucial for flexible, fluent reading. Ant Antics also exercises working memory and logic skills, which are important to building proficiency at critical reading. Ant Antics helps the student in the following ways: ➤ Sentence comprehension: Ant Antics presents 4 syntactically similar phrases or sentences, one of which best describes the picture shown. The participant must comprehend each presented sentence in order to choose the phrase or sentence that best describes the picture on the screen. ➤ Syntax: Ant Antics presents 24 syntactic structures of varying complexity. ➤ Logical reasoning: Because sentences use reversible nouns, similar vocabulary and similar syntax, the student must use logical reasoning rather than relying only on common sense to make the correct response. Using logical reasoning to comprehend sentences allows the student to become a flexible reader. ➤ Vocabulary: At early levels, the Ant Antics presents phrases and sentences using a small set of highly decodable words. Reading a key set of words several times in different sentences contributes to automatic word recognition, which is an important factor in fluent reading. As the student progresses, Ant Antics presents longer sentences, as well as sentences that use more varied vocabulary. How Students Work on Ant Antics When the student clicks the yellow paw, the student is presented with a picture and 4 sentences. The student must select the sentence that best describes the picture (or some aspect of the picture). KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS Button Keyboard Shortcut Paw Space bar Responses, top to bottom Number keys 1 through 4 86 | Fast ForWord Reading Level 2