If you’re looking for ideas to make teaching alternative spelling fun for students, check out Overcome The Challenge Of Alternative Spellings. I love to share games and activities to help teach phonics. But I know that, while it isn’t as interesting, phonics progress monitoring for alternative spellings, is incredibly important.
To judge whether your phonics program or intervention is working, you need data. To understand how individual students are grasping and applying new concepts, you need data as well. And that comes through phonics progress monitoring.
When you use phonics progress monitoring with all the students in your class, you can identify those students who may be struggling with phonological and phonemic awareness, reading, and spelling. You can also determine if your teaching program is working … if most of your students aren’t progressing, there may be a problem. Phonics progress monitoring of the whole class shows if you need to re-teach some areas to everyone or if you need to review with a smaller group.
You may choose to use phonics progress monitoring with certain students only. The use of phonics progress monitoring in these cases helps determine whether intervention is needed or decide if the intervention is working.
It’s clear you need to monitor phonics progress. The good news is phonics progress monitoring doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming!
Phonics progress monitoring with key assessments
As you teach sounds with alternative spellings, there are a number of different kinds of assessments you’ll want to do as part of your phonics progress monitoring.
Oral assessments ask students to identify individual sounds, identify syllables, blend sounds, segment sounds, demonstrate phoneme manipulation, and identify the spellings of a focus sound.
Spelling assessments allow you to check students ability to spell one-syllable words, two and three syllable words and write dictation sentences.
Reading assessments check how students read one-syllable words and two and three syllable words.
If you’re putting together your own tracking tools, you’ll need student recording sheets or student reading cards, recording sheets for different kinds of activities, and assessment summaries for different items.
Ready to use phonics progress monitoring tools
You need quick, easy tools for monitoring progress in phonics. But there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. I’ve created 17 sets of progress monitoring assessments. These phonics progress monitoring tools were designed to help you monitor students phonological and phonemic awareness, reading and spelling. Whatever phonics program you use, you can use these assessments as they are organized systematically by phonics knowledge.
- Assessment summary sheet to score individual items.
- Teacher recording sheet for oral activities.
- Teacher recording sheet for spelling and reading activities.
- Student reading card.
- Student recording sheet for spelling activities.
Once you purchase, just download and print the assessment sheets, and you’re ready to get started.
Get all the details, including the full list of phonics knowledge covered here >> Phonics Progress Monitoring Tools