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
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of the most frequent sound for each consonant.
Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).
Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.