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Old 04-05-2011, 06:36 PM
 
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So I know it's kinda late in the year, but I am still feeling lost.

I am a first year 4th & 5th grade Special Education Teacher and do NOT have a curriculum! I am playing it by ear. I have tried phonics based spelling (to help understand simple sight words), oral reading, repeated reading, individual reading and building fluency through Progress Monitoring. I feel like my students would show more progress and benefit from a more structured program that is not being made up! I would like to help build their comprehension and fluency.

My students are very low readers and are reading at a 1st or 2nd grade level. Is there a program I could buy/find to help? I am happy for ANY suggestions! Thank you in advance!


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You should see if your school will send you for training. I know other teachers who use Wilson with success. They were all trained to use it, I believe winging it will not get you the same results.
I paid my own way through FAST Reading traning. It's multi-sensory and I love it. We spell, read and write in every lesson.

Check fastlearningllc (dot) com to see if there is a training near you.
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Try Fundations. It's the lower level of Wilson. You can buy the manual for around $60. Most of the program can be downloaded for free at their website. I also found all the lesson plans online. Let me know if you need them.
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I would start by reading "What Really Matters for Struggling Readers" by Richard Allington. In this book, Allington reports on the most current research about reading instruction and what truly makes gains for struggling readers. A lot of intervention programs out there really miss the boat, in my opinion. It will at least give you the direction you need to be able to choose a program or curriculum for your kiddos.
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Get Jan Richardson's book right away!
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I am a reading specialist and have found a goldmine in Jan's book. She has specific word work for each lettered guided reading level. She is a trainer for Reading Recovery and her lessons reflect that. I have teachers in my building using it and they are finding great success. The book is published by Scholastic and it is called The Next Step to Guided Reading. It will be the best 20 bucks you will ever spend!


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Hi E.S.-
My district is going to implement Fundations next year. I'd love to get the lesson plans online you mentioned. Here is my email address: christyleigh02#yahoo.com. Thanks!
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I am shocked that with NCLB you don't have a research based program to use! Nonetheless-what do the homeroom teachers use? Could you use their scope and sequence,but teach it slower and more explicitly? Could you use the first/second grade core program? We use My Sidewalks,but there are tons out there: Voyager,Earobics to name a few. These programs are expensive though and will probably require your system to purchase them-unless you are independently wealthy ! Good luck!
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D5fan- I ordered the book "The Next Step to Guided Reading" and it just arrived- I cannot wait to read it and look through it. Thank you so much!
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I ordered it, too.
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Thanks for the reference. I searched inside the book, The Next Step to Guided Reading, on Amazon and like the format.

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Our Special Education teacher always recommended Read Naturally. She was very pleased with the growth she saw in the students. Not sure of your budget... try donorschoose as one funding option.


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