Read-A-Word provides students with the opportunity to practice reading spelling and vocabulary words by identifying each word as they hear it read aloud.

Try Read-A-Word

with a sample word list!

Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.

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Building Literacy

  • Foundational Skills
  • Phonics
  • Fluency

What? Word recognition is a foundational skill that students need to build fluency and comprehension. More...Less

Words that students are required to read and spell increase in difficulty as students progress to higher grade levels. Word recognition is just as important for sight words and high frequency words as it is for regular and irregular words. Automatic word recognition is a foundational skill that is necessary for future reading success.

When? Students should be taught the alphabetic principle and letter recognition as soon as they enter kindergarten. More...Less

Once they begin to understand letter/sound relationships, they can start applying this knowledge to simple word families and developmentally appropriate high frequency words and sight words. Instruction needs to be explicit and systematic in nature so that students follow a progression that leads to automatic word recognition.

How to teach: Read-A-Word provides practice with sound and word recognition. It can be used in whole group or small groups, in learning centers for independent practice before a spelling test, and for homework.

Play to learn: In Read-A-Word, students listen to a word as it is read aloud and used in a sentence. More...Less

The student then picks the word from four choices on the screen. Students can listen to the word and sentence again, if needed. They are given multiple chances to choose the correct answer and are not permitted to move to the next word until they do so.

Teaching Tip: Read-A-Word allows students to use their word lists to practice word recognition, which helps increase fluency. More...Less

Read-A-Word is ideal for beginning readers who need extra practice with word recognition. Even advanced readers can benefit from this learning activity when using it to practice identifying the correct spelling of homophones, or words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings. The data gained from Read-A-Word can be used as an informal or formal assessment. It is a perfect complement to spelling tests.

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