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Phonological Awareness and Phonics activities present foundational reading skills in an age-appropriate interface. The activities include basic sound-symbol correspondence for consonants, short vowels, and digraphs and also develop awareness of the six-syllable types. By engaging with these activities, students reinforce their awareness of sounds in words as well as their decoding and word-attack skills

Vocabulary is addressed using systematic structural analysis to help students develop their knowledge of word meanings, with activities that teach the meanings of Anglo-Saxon and Latin prefixes and roots, as well as Greek combining forms.  The activities incorporate high-utility words and academic vocabulary appropriate for older students.

Fluency development includes work on developing automaticity and fluency through timed components that increase speed of processing.  Students are also provided with the opportunity to hear paragraphs read aloud, modeling appropriate prosody and oral reading fluency as they practice.

Comprehension development encompasses the comprehension of words, phrases, sentences and paragraphs with the use of pictures that provide visual cues, and activities that require categorising and making associations based on meaning.  Additional activities utilise cloze procedure tasks to help students learn to monitor for meaning as they read connected text.

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