Phonics Fun with Lexia Reading Core5
Who doesn't love a good story? A well selected, quality children's book is one of the best ways to engage students and focus their minds on a lesson. Carefully selected, the right title can activate prior knowledge, build comprehension and vocabulary in a subject, and encourage curiosity in the topic to be addressed. The Reading Rainbow app offers all of this by making a wide variety of books available to you and your class on an iPad or Kindle. Select a title that fits a current interest or classroom theme and share the story whole group using a projector or display monitor. Model the use of phonics skills by decoding select words with the class.
2 Direct Instruction and Independent Practice
Intended to be a stand alone ELA skills program, Lexia Reading Core5 is, well, the core of this App Flow. The site, which tracks student performance and modifies the activities accordingly is a terrific way to build essential reading skills as students work independently. However, before that can happen, students must be comfortable with the site and it's use. Begin a whole group lesson by discussing the target phonics/decoding skills highlighted in the “hook” (e.g. decoding CVC words). Create a mock student profile to demonstrate how to log-in, navigate, and the general format of the games as students watch. This may need to be done multiple times to ensure the class has a high level of competence using Core5.
When you determine the class is ready, Core5 is a great way to work with small groups or one-on-one while students work on classroom devices. Allow each student multiple opportunities to use the site to fully develop the target skills.
While Core5 is a stand alone program, testing student skills in other formats can be informative. Duck Duck Moose Reading, like all DDM apps, offers three things that make it appealing in the classroom; educational quality, engaging for students, and in-app performance tracking. Make the app available at an open center device or have students cycle through, using the app one at a time. Use the tracking screen to measure student progress, providing appropriate intervention as needed.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Foundational Skills
|RF.K: Phonics and Word recognition|
|RF.K.3||Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.|
|RF.K.3a||Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of the most frequent sound for each consonant.|
|RF.K.3b||Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.|
|RF.K.3c||Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).|
|RF.K.3d||Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.|