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New Product Review: Corwin Press Puzzle Piece Phonics

New Product Review: Corwin Press Puzzle Piece Phonics

Learning List has reviewed Corwin Press’ Puzzle Piece Phonics (PPP), which is a supplemental product that supports word study in grades K-2. Content is available in print format. Across grades, the program provides systematic and explicit instruction in spelling and phonics patterns. Instruction incorporates puzzle piece manipulatives that help students recognize sound and spelling patterns and their connections to word structure.

PPP’s core content is organized in units, or “Concepts.” Each Concept is broken into instructional weeks that include a weekly focus. Content follows a logical sequence that builds on similarities in concepts and patterns. The pacing of instruction is deliberately measured to ensure that students have adequate time to master patterns before moving on to the next concept. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connections Texas

New Product Review: Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connections Texas

Learning List recently reviewed Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connections Texas, which was submitted for state adoption in Texas in response the Texas Education Agency’s Proclamation 2019 call for K-8 English language arts and reading (ELAR) products aligned to the new ELAR Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), including the spelling TEKS. Spelling Connections Texas is a comprehensive spelling product for students in grades 1-6. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction focuses on grade-appropriate word lists that incorporate the words students encounter most when reading, writing, and speaking, as well as frequently misspelled words. Lessons focus on recognizing spelling patterns and applying patterns to increasingly challenging words.

At each grade level, Spelling Connections is organized in weekly units that are made up of daily lessons that are designed to be implemented in 15-minute periods. Across grades, instruction incorporates sorting activities that help students recognize and understand the similarities and differences in how words are spelled. Word sorts may be completed using Zaner-Bloser’s spelling cards or using online resources. Sorting may be implemented in a variety of formats, including teacher-led activities, partners, or individual student work. Lessons connect spelling to phonics (grades 1-3) or vocabulary (grades 4-6), reading, and writing. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Saxon Phonics & Spelling

New Product Review: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Saxon Phonics & Spelling

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Saxon Phonics & Spelling is a supplemental product that supports the development of foundational skills in grades K-3. Content is available in print format and is designed to supplement a reading program. Instruction develops phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, spelling and fluency skills and includes lessons addressing handwriting. Learning List recently reviewed resources for grades K – 2.

Saxon Phonics & Spelling materials at each grade level are contained in a classroom kit that include student, teacher, and classroom resources to support instruction. Student resources include worksheets, alphabet handwriting strips, decodable readers, and a spelling dictionary (grade 1 only). Classroom resources include posters, card decks, a CD pronunciation guide, fluency readers. [Read more…]

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New Review: Neuhaus’ Scientific Spelling

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The Neuhaus Education Center’s Scientific Spelling is a supplemental resource to support spelling instruction in grades 1-8. Materials are available in print format. Instruction focuses on the patterns and rules for spelling in the English language and strategies for memorizing the spelling of words that do not fit these patterns and rules. Learning List recently completed reviews of the materials for grades 1-8.

Instruction is systematic and focuses on the structure of words in English, including recurring spelling patterns and rules, and provides strategies to support the spelling of words that do not adhere to patterns and rules. Content is broken into five chapters: (1) Phonology, (2) Regular Words, (3) Rule Words, (4) Irregular Words, and (5) Procedures.

Phonology instruction is emphasized in the early elementary grades, and teachers are encouraged to revisit phonology instruction as needed in later grades. Subsequent instruction focuses on analyzing and categorizing words in three groups: Regular Words, Rule Words, and Irregular Words. Regular words are those that follow clear patterns or the rules of English; students generally can sound these words out (e.g., cat). Lessons addressing regular words emphasize the breaking of words into their component letters, clusters of letters, and syllables and then analyzing sounds to determine spelling. Rule words may be spelled by sounding out, so long as students are aware of some spelling rules. Instruction on rule words presents spelling rules, such as the Doubling Rule (e.g., hop+ed=hopped) or Dropping Rule (hope+ed=hoped), that help students sound out words. Irregular words are words that students must memorize in order to spell correctly (e.g., ghost), and the chapter addressing irregular words provides memorization strategies. More information about Neuhaus Education Center products is available here.

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