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The latest brain research indicates that humans remember in patterns, and the latest research into fluency indicates that 47% of non-proficient students have trouble decoding words. This affects fluent reading and comprehension.
Our games and puzzles provide targeted, extensive, and enjoyable extra practice in the most common letters, sounds, phonograms (word families), homonyms, and English grammar. We also have some products that improve comprehension and composition (writing).
Reading and writing proficiency develops from repeated, correct practice, rather than from teaching phonics or grammar rules. That is the beauty of these activities!
Many students need more practice in certain skills, due to absence, learning style, acquisition rate, or ability to concentrate.
The simple, repetitive formats are easily adapted to large or small groups. In this age of electronic game-savvy kids, never underestimate the value of simple human interaction in game format.
As practice, they are so much better than extra workbook pages!
Learn to Read Bingo (LTR)
These Bingo Games focus on the auditory recognition and visual matching of sounds, letters, and the most common word families in primary English texts.
Each set includes 24 different, classroom-tested cards, and they use a traditional 25 space format to provide lots of practice.
They also contain clear instructions for easy use in large or small groups.
Sight Word Kits + Learn To Read (LTR) BINGO
Throw away all other Sight Word sets!
Don’t overload beginning or struggling readers with too much rote memorization!
These kits are effective, research-based, and enjoyable.
They include the 100 most common, high-frequency, irregular sight words that beginning or struggling readers need to know.
Effective! Fun! No Memorization! Easy to Use!
A great way to focus class attention on listening to the teacher and to other students.
These four plays contain short, group parts for an entire class. After parts are assigned, the teacher reads the story, and the student groups provide the appropriate words for their roles.
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The Set of 4 Audience Participation Plays also includes instructions for several other listening activities.
Useful at any time, it is especially helpful at the beginning of the school year to focus student attention on listening to the teacher and to each other.
It is also useful when students seem bored and need some motivation to continue working in class.
Enjoy the smiles!
Reading Tutor Packets for Decoding
Fun and effective! These Tutor Packets include guidance for determining individual student needs and direction for instruction. Each packet includes five stories, levels K-4 for diagnosis of reading problems, Instructions for Use, a Reading Profile, a Retelling Profile, A Reading Self-Help Test, Worksheets for Vowel and Sight Word Instruction (Levels 1 & 2), as well as applicable Word Searches for extra practice and fun.
Test-takers are asked to honestly evaluate themselves in comparison to a series of statements that exemplify the best qualities in reading, studying, or parenting.
Clear statements and a simple format make the tests easy for self-evaluation and improvement.
Self-Help Tests for grades 3 and higher are listed under Levels 3-12.
Kids love this activity because they get to move around the classroom, and it is actually a great way to practice the important reading strategy of sequencing events.
Vowels in Context
Vowel Tutor Sets
Simple! Clear! Effective! Great instruction or extra practice for beginning or struggling readers! The set is perfect for group or individualized instruction in decoding and spelling. Emphasis is placed on automatic reading of words in order to improve decoding, phrasing, and speed, rather than focusing on the meaning of words. Word definition is a different lesson for a different time.
The repeated format encourages natural remembering of vowel clusters. The English language is 95% regular, but beginning and struggling readers don’t often realize this. Since the brain remembers in patterns, these sheets aid in remembering and retrieving the basic structure of short vowel clusters in English. Many phonics worksheets confuse beginning and struggling readers by combining too many phonics rules on one page.
Vowel Tutor Set Level 1 covers Short Vowel Clusters
Vowel Tutor Level 2 covers silent e vowels, r-controlled vowels, double vowels, some silent consonants, and reading of contractions.
Vowel Tutor Level 3 covers difficult vowel combinations.
Word Search Puzzles
Practice difficult sounds, clusters and silent letters with Word Search Puzzles.
The extra practice these puzzles provide helps to imprint the words for more automatic recognition.
All puzzles use lower case letters because most print is lower case. All answers can be found Across and Down only because diagonal and backwards defeats the purpose of this exercise.
Great for homework, seatwork, and/or learning centers. The Answer Keys are included, and all puzzles are available individually or in a bargain bundle.
Six word search puzzles cover these difficult decoding clusters:
au (+ aw ) oi ( + oy ) ou
oo ow ew
The extra practice helps for automatic word recognition and improved fluency.
Phonics practice does not have to be boring!
Levels 4 –12
Grammar Review Stories
Improve grammar, spelling, and writing skills! Each 20-30 sentence story provides practice in the most common grammatical errors in
changing “y” to “i”
comparative adjectives & adverbs
run-on sentences and sentence fragments
Every story includes an Answer Key PLUS explanations for each correction. An extra credit Writing Prompt and a Corrected Version in paragraph form have been added at the end of each story. Simple to use and to grade.
Many students today have no idea what career might suit their individual interests and skills. Instead of using unrelated sentences to review grammar, spelling, and writing skills, they can also learn about numerous job possibilities and careers.
1. Careers in the Media
2. Careers in Health Services
3. Careers in the Military
4. Careers in Government
5. Careers in the Arts
6. Careers in the Trades
Grammar Sports Stories
Learn about the history and contests in various sports while reviewing grammar and spelling skills.
Using the same format as ALL Reading Spotlight Grammar Stories, this set also includes both a Class and an Individual Error Analysis Chart to help to focus grammar instruction on class or student strengths and weaknesses.
9.Field and Track
Use the hype of the Summer Olympics to review grammar and spelling skills–perfect to prepare for school, state, or other writing tests. Motivating! Effective! Fun!
1. The History
2.The Athletic Sports
3. The Aquatic Sports
4. At the Gym
5. The Other Sports
Use the hype of the Winter Olympics to review grammar and spelling skills–perfect to prepare for school, state, or other writing tests. Motivating! Effective! Fun!
1. The History
2. The Ice Sports
3. The Snow Sports
4. The Miracle on Ice
Practice grammar and spelling skills while learning about common Christmas traditions. These stories contain historical and cultural information, and an effort has been made to have the grammar practice as secular as possible.
1. Holiday Tree
2. Holiday Star
3. Colored Lights and Ornaments
4. Greeting Cards
5. Holiday Foods
6. Holiday Plants
7. Santa Claus
A great way to facilitate student writing!
Using candy wrappers, students, individually or in teams, insert candy wrappers into the text of the stories they write.
Clear instructions make this project easy to use.
Some possible titles might be:
Baby Ruth Lost in New York
Matt and Mindy (M & M) Soar Through the Milky Way
Never Snicker at Nerds
Unique and effective! Use crossword puzzles to practice English grammar skills!
Research indicates that homophones are, by far, the number one cause of spelling errors.
This set of 7 crossword puzzles provides practice in 100 of the most common homophone sets in English.
Easy to use Answer Keys are included.
Great for seat work, homework, or Learning Centers.
Self-Help Tests: Reading Habits & Study Habits
All are FREE!
Test takers are asked to honestly evaluate themselves in comparison to a series of statements that exemplify the best qualities necessary for good reading and/or study habits.
Clear statements and a simple format make the tests easy for self-evaluation. Students are asked to make an improvement statement at the end.
Providing explicit instruction in how to read for understanding, this test follows a different format–completion blanks. It can be used with almost any reading selection.
Designed for students who have difficulty organizing their thoughts into an effective essay, th
is two page test provides an effective format, making for much easier composition.
These charts and instructions for use provide a helpful strategy for insight into the thinking process of students who seem to be fluent readers, but their comprehension skills are not up to expectations.
Irregular Plurals Crossword Puzzle –a fun way to practice 40 irregular plural nouns in English.
Misspelled Words Crossword Puzzle –practice 90 of the most often misspelled words in English, misspelled by both adults and children.
A different way to improve vocabulary! Unique! Effective! Easy to Use! This Crossword Puzzle includes almost 50 plurals naming animal groups. An Answer Key is included.
Vocabulary Improvement Made Easy—and Fun! Students can improve word power while having fun completing these three different puzzles with words from Latin and Greek origins. Twelve roots are used in each puzzle with three or more words derived from each source–a minimum of 36 new words per puzzle. A bonus page of 14 Rather Questions using additional words is included for extra fun and to help imprint the new vocabulary effectively.
These sets of worksheets provide extensive vocabulary and spelling improvement through practice with the prefix “in” using various formats.
100 words are used in Definition Matching, Completions Exercises, Rather Questions, and Crossword Puzzles.
They are divided into manageable lessons and different formats to improve retention rate.
An extra credit Writing Prompt and complete Answer Keys are included.
This set is great for homework, seat work learning centers, vocabulary development for SAT and other tests.
This set of 8 one-page biographies provides practice in vowels, spelling, and comprehension. Recognizing sentence structure and meaning improves comprehension.
An Answer Key provides easy grading.
Set 1 includes 4 modern women:
1. Fabiola Gianotti–Physicist
2. Maya Lin–Architect
3. Georgia O’Keefe–Artist
4. Sally Ride–Astronaut
Set 2 includes 4 historical figures:
1. Susan B. Anthony–Early Suffragette
2. Elizabeth Blackwell–First American Doctor
3. Sacajawea–Wilderness Guide
4. Harriet Tubman–Daring Abolitionist
Female Firsts Crossword Puzzle
Perfect for Women’s History Month!
Inspiring! Motivating! Informative! Easy to Use!
This crossword puzzle matches the names of 32 modern female trailblazers with their notable accomplishments. Answer Key included.
The puzzle is useful for homework, seatwork, and learning centers.
Independent reading hooks kids on reading because they can choose their own books according to their own interests. At the same time, they can practice previously taught reading skills and improve in many ways. This packet also includes ideas for incentives and rewards that are free or inexpensive. Students who read independently accrue superior vocabularies, higher reading scores, better writing skills, and improved reading rate.
Perfect for at-school, summer, or distance learning!
Very Clever! Simple! Easy to Make! Great Fun!
Yes, it really is INVISIBLE!
This Invisible Valentine can be used with ALL ages–as a science experiment, as an exercise in composition, even as simple practice with scissors.
Just white and colored paper, scissors, a stapler, and a pencil are the only requirements.
Clear directions for use with all ages are included.
Download now and find out how to do it. It’s FREE!
Enjoy the smiles!
Easy to Make and to Use!
Use the media Hype of a sports’ Big Game to motivate reading improvement!
This photo-caption matching game can be used for any sport at any level.
Simple directions tell you how! Includes paper medals to award.
Be that great teacher all parents want for their children! Use this exceptional, ordered list of fundamental reading skills to gauge the reading abilities of each of your students. You can add to the profile as you learn more about each student.
This individual outline can direct more effective grouping strategies within the class, as well as more beneficial individualized homework assignments. And it’s really helpful for your struggling readers!
Parents will be surprised in conferences at how much you know about their particular child’s reading skills. it’s nice to begin with some student strengths, which this profile helps to identify.
Instructions include how the profile has been used in individual, small, and large group classes.
Great for writer’s block!
This famous story grid helps kids of all ages create a story with new ideas for setting, characters, and plot.
A blank grid, a partially-completed grid, a sample story, and instructions for use are included.
Developed over 30 years of successful experiences with struggling readers of all ages.
Easy to use for busy parents and teachers!
Independent reading in the summer hooks kids on reading because they can choose their own books according to their own interests. At the same time, they can practice previously taught reading skills and improve in many ways.
The books, however, should be fairly close their reading levels.
Use Reading Spotlight’s QRLE to assess approximate reading level. Find out how to do it here:
Reading success is cumulative, as is reading decline.
Students who read independently become better and more motivated
students who read independently accrue superior vocabularies, higher reading scores, better writing skills, and improved reading rate.
This packet includes:
- Parent Letter
- Questions from educational research that improve reading motivation
- A simple Record Sheet
- Ideas for incentives and rewards that are free or inexpensive
Students who read independently accrue superior vocabularies, higher reading scores, better writing skills, and improved reading rate.
Perfect for at-school, summer, or distance learning!