I will not be meeting with my reading groups for about 2 weeks because January school wide reading assessments began today. I will however, continue to send home reading bags for kindergarten students and first grade students.
The January Assessments include:
Kindergarten Assessments- Sight words (The words tested are found on this blog.), letter names, letter sounds, first sound in words when asked orally – (“What is the first sound in the word man?” /m/), Segmenting sounds in words when asked orally – (What are all the sounds in the word cat? /c/ /a/ /t/) and an assessment to determine overall reading level.
First Grade – Sight words (The words tested are found on this blog.),
blending of letter sounds with a consonant, vowel, and consonant to
create a pretend word (for example, “mip”), reading passages at the
first grade level and an assessment to determine overall reading level.
Second Grade – Sight words (The words tested are found on this
blog.), reading passages (oral reading and comprehension) at the second
grade level and an assessment to determine overall reading level.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the assessments, our schedule or anything else.
Your child is often asked to read pretend words and I get the question a lot – Why pretend words?
A pretend word is a word like “mip” or “sog”- consonant, vowel, consonant. Your child’s ability to read these words is a very good indicator of his/her knowledge of letters, letter sounds and the ability to blend sounds into words. One reason why this is such a good indicator is because pretend words are not attached to any real words students may already know. It is a “pure assessment of students’ ability to apply knowledge of letters and letter sounds to decode a word.”
In addition, students will be faced with these “pretend” words as they read larger words. Their ability to decode pretend words will help them to read words like “hectic” “velvet” etc. by breaking the word into pretend word chunks.
See how well your child does with these pretend words:
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