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  • Summer Reading ProgramImplementation Guide

  • ContentsOverview........................................................................................................................................ 3

    Direct Instruction - Adapting for Summer...................................................................................... 4

    Direct Instruction - Timeline for Grades 1-3 ............................................................................... 5-6

    Direct Instruction - Timeline for Kindergarten ............................................................................ 7-8

    Software Instruction - Adapting for Summer ................................................................................. 9

    Software Settings ......................................................................................................................... 10

    Summer Reading Program Implementation Guide

  • Loss of literacy skills during summer break is a substantial and sobering problem among our students. Considerable research on this topic shows its usually the students who can least afford to lose ground as readers who are most likely to suffer from summer reading loss, falling far behind their peers.

    Access to reading materials has been consistently identified as a vital element of enhancing the reading development of children. Many children do not have access to materials at home, and families often need clear guidance on how to keep their childs reading skills up.

    The Problem

    Of all of the activities in which children engage outside of school, time spent actually reading is the best predictor of reading achievementthe more students read, the better readers they become (Allington, 2006; Anderson, Wilson, & Fielding, 1988).

    Experience and research tell us, however, that if students struggle with reading and do not have sufficient skills to decode text, they are less likely to engage in the activity of reading. Reading Horizons is designed to teach the skills necessary for automatic decoding and fluent reading. Reading Horizons provides the skills necessary to create successful readers who want to read.

    Reading Horizons can be adapted for a summer program to review skills taught during the school year and to pre-teach skills for the coming school year. This, paired with access to reading materials that reinforce and help practice the skills learned, will keep students from falling behind and can even help them get ahead.

    The Solution

  • Just as it is essential to teach the program sequentially, it is most effective to review the skills sequentially. The focus will be on core skills within the program.

    Do not teach or review Reference lessons due to time constraints.

    Teaching or reviewing Most Common Words lessons is left to the discretion of the teacher.

    Plan on spending 10-15 minutes a day reviewing/modeling the skills and 10-15 minutes practicing the skills using dictation and Transfer Cards (this is critical for student success).

    Time for additional guided practice or independent practice will be determined by the teacher. (This is not as critical and is flexible based on the schedule and student need.)

    Increase focus on the transfer of skills to reading and providing reading practice (20-30 minutes).

    The total suggested time from instruction/ review to reading practice is estimated at 40-60 minutes per day.

    Suggested minimum timeusing the above mentioned instructional frameworkis four hours per week.

    The focus is not so much on student mastery of skills but on student exposure to and experience with the skills in practice and reading.

    Adapting for Summer: Key Points

    Direct Instruction

  • CONTENT LESSON(S) TIME ESTIMATES

    Week 1Day 1. Review letter sets, slides, and words and Spelling with C and K

    Lessons 1, 3, 6, 8, 10,13, & 14 5-10 minutes per letter set (depending on student level you might want to spread the lesson material over two days).

    Day 2. Review L-Blends, R-Blends, and S-Blends

    Lesson 18, 19, & 20 60 min.

    Day 3. Review Extra Blends and Double S, F, and Z

    Lessons 22 & 23 40-60 min.

    Day 4. Review Special Vowel Combinations

    Lesson 25 40-60 min.

    Week 2Day 5. Review Voiced and Voiceless Digraph TH and Digraphs CH, SH, WH, and PH

    Lessons 27 & 28 60 min.

    Day 6. Review Short and Long Vowels and Phonetic Skill 1

    Lessons 31 & 32 60 min.

    Day 7. Review Phonetic Skill 2 and Spelling with -CK

    Lessons 33 & 35 60 min.

    Day 8. Adding Suffixes to Phonetic Skills 1 and 2, and Three Sounds of -ED

    Lessons 37 & 38 60 min.

    Week 3Day 9. Review Phonetic Skill 3, Phonetic Skill 4, and Spelling with -KE

    Lessons 42, 43, & 45 60 min.

    Day 10. Review Another Sound for C and G

    Lesson 47 40-60 min.

    Day 11. Review Phonetic Skill 5 and Spelling with -K

    Lessons 50 & 52 60 min.

    Day 12. Review Adding Suffixes to Phonetic Skills 3 and 4 and Adding Suffixes to Phonetic Skill 5

    Lessons 48 & 55 60 min.

    Direct InstructionTimeline: Grades 1-3This timeline is designed as a six-week review of the Reading Horizons Discovery teacher-guided direct instruction material for students in grades 1-3. This should be used with students who have just completed first, second, or third grade and need additional practice before the upcoming school year. The lesson numbers correlate to the Reading Horizons Discovery teacher manuals for grades 1-3.

  • CONTENT LESSON(S) TIME ESTIMATESWeek 4

    Day 13. Review Many Jobs of Y Lesson 59 40-60 min.

    Day 14. Review Decoding Skill 1 and The Schwa

    Lessons 61 & 62 60 min.

    Day 15. Review Last Job of Y Lesson 64 40 min.

    Day 16. Review Decoding Skill 2 and Double Consonants

    Lessons 66 & 68 60 min.

    Week 5Day 17. Review -LE at the End of a Word

    Lesson 69 40 min.

    Day 18. Review Murmur Diphthong AR, Murmur Diphthong OR, and Murmur Diphthongs ER, UR, and IR

    Lessons 76, 77, & 78 60 min.

    Day 19. Review Exceptions to Murmur Diphthongs

    Lesson 80 40-60 min.

    Note: This is the end of first-grade instruction, additional skills taught to first-grade students will be a preview for the upcoming year.Day 20. Review More Digraphs, Digraphs with Plural Endings, and Multi-Syllabic Words with Digraphs

    Lessons 83 & 84 60 min.

    Week 6Day 21. Review Special Vowel Sounds AU/AW and Special Vowel Sounds OU/OW

    Lessons 86 & 87 60 min.

    Day 22. Review Special Vowel Sounds OI/OY and Special Vowel Sounds OO and OO

    Lessons 88 & 89 60 min.

    Day 23. Review Spelling with -KE, -CK, -K, and -C and Decod-ing Exceptions

    Lessons 90 & 91 60 min.

    Day 24. Review Other Suffixes: -TION, -SION, and -OUS

    Lesson 93 40-60 min.

    Direct InstructionTimeline: Grades 1-3, Continued...

  • CONTENT LESSON(S) TIME ESTIMATES

    Week 1Day 1. Review Vowel A; Consonants B, F, D, G; The Slide and Building Words; Nonsense Words

    Lessons 2-9 40-60 min.

    Day 2. Review Vowel E and Consonants H, J, L, M

    Lessons 12-16 40-60 min.

    Day 3. Review Vowel O and Consonants N, P, R, S

    Lessons 19-23 40-60 min.

    Week 2Day 4. Review Vowel U and Consonants T, V, W, X, Y

    Lessons 26-31 40-60 min.

    Day 5. Review Vowel I; Consonants Q, Z, C, K; and Spelling with C and K

    Lessons 33-37 & 39 60 min.

    Day 6. Review L-Blends Lesson 43 60 min.

    Week 3Day 7. Review R-Blends Lesson 44 60 min.Day 8. Review S-Blends Lesson 45 60 min.

    Day 9. Review Extra Blends Lessons 46 40-60 min.

    Week 4Day 10. Review Double S, F, and Z and Plurals

    Lesson 47 60 min.

    Day 11. Review Special Vowel Combination -LL

    Lesson 50 40-60 min.

    Day 12. Review Special Vowel Combination -NG

    Lesson 51 40-60 min.

    Direct InstructionTimeline: KindergartenThis timeline is designed to take students through the Reading Horizons Discovery teacher-guided direct instruction material for kindergarten students in six weeks. This should be used with students who have just completed kindergarten and need additional practice before entering first grade. The lesson numbers in the timeline correlate to the Reading Horizons Discovery kindergarten manuals.

  • CONTENT LESSON(S) TIME ESTIMATESWeek 5

    Day 13. Review Special Vowel Combination -NK

    Lesson 52 40-60 min.

    Day 14. Review/Teach Voiced and Voiceless Digraphs TH

    Lesson 55 60 min.

    Day 15. Review/Teach Digraphs CH, SH, WH, and PH

    Lesson 56 60 min.

    Note: At this point, teachers could begin teaching the first-grade curriculum and pre-teach the following lessons for Kindergarteners going into first grade. The lesson numbers referred to are found in the grades 1-3 manuals.

    Week 6Day 16. Teach Long and Short Vowels Lesson 31 40 min.

    Day 17. Teach Phonetic Skill 1 Lesson 32 60 min.Day 18. Teach Phonetic Skill 2 Lesson 33 60 min.

    Direct InstructionTimeline: Kindergarten, Continued...

  • If you are new to Reading Horizons and are starting with Reading Horizons Discovery as a summer program with plans to implement the full program in the fall, there are a few important points to be aware of:

    Software Instruction Adapting for Summer: Key Points

    While this situation will provide a good preview to the course, students will not be able to go through the entire program in a summer school setting, so results will not be the same as when a student goes through the program during a full school year.

    The effectiveness of the program is tied to going through the program sequentially, eve