When first planning and setting up the program, you will need to prepare a schedule, choose a setting, and gather and prepare materials.
The lessons can be paced to accommodate the classroom schedule and/or the needs of the students. More than one lesson can be completed per week. Lessons can be divided into more than one session if the schedule for instruction is in short time blocks or if students perform better in short sessions. Some teachers choose to coordinate the sequence of skills in Signs for Sounds with reading instruction elements, which may determine pacing.
A teacher can present a complete Signs for Sounds 1 lesson, including all of the phases, in about 30 minutes.
|Option 1: One Session Per Lesson||One 30-minute session for the teaching, testing, and dictation phases|
|Option 2: Two Sessons Per Lesson|| |
In a Signs for Sounds 2 lesson, the teacher first presents the teaching and testing phases with a practice list of words. Then the teaching and testing phases are repeated using a mastery list of words. The teacher presents the dictation phase after students pass the mastery list of words. A complete lesson takes about 50–55 minutes. Older or more capable students may be able to complete each lesson at a faster pace of about 30 minutes.
|Option 1: Two Sessions Per Lesson (Typically Most Effective Pace)|| |
|Option 2: Three Sessons Per Lesson (For Shorter Sessions)|| |
|Adaptation for Older or More Capable Students||One 30-minute session for the teaching phase for a practice list, testing phase for a mastery list, and dictation phase. (This option can also be divided into more than one session.)|
Signs for Sounds can be used in a regular classroom, in a resource room or special education classroom, as part of an after-school or extended-day program, or in a one-to-one tutoring setting.
To use Signs for Sounds, you will need the following program materials and additional materials.
The following program materials are included in each level of Signs for Sounds.
|Teacher's Manual |
Read the teacher's manual to understand how to effectively implement Signs for Sounds.
|Lesson Guides |
Use the lesson guides to present the content for each lesson. Each Signs for Sounds level has its own lesson guide.
|Assessment Directions and Student Forms |
Use the student assessments to evaluate students' ability to spell words with regular spelling patterns. The assessments help determine whether students can benefit from Signs for Sounds and place students in the program. Copies of the assessment directions and student forms are available in the Signs for Sounds assessment packet.
|Lesson Forms |
Each student needs a lesson form to mark during the teaching and testing phases. Make extra copies in case students need to repeat a difficult lesson and for demonstrating how to mark the forms.
|Dictation Forms |
Students mark these forms during the dictation phase. Each level has versions of the form for set A (shorter sentences) and set B (longer sentences). You may decide to use set A for a number of lessons and then decide to switch to set B. If you make copies of both sets, you will be able to choose either set from day to day.
|Score Sheets |
Students use the score sheets to record their scores for the testing and dictation phases. These can be copied front and back on a single piece of paper or cardstock. Another option is to photocopy the score sheets on only one side and attach each page to the inside of a folder. You can keep all of the score sheets in a folder and pass them out when students are ready to record scores.
|Letter to Parents/Guardians and Super Fantastic Speller Award |
Send home a parent letter when students start the program, and send home Super Fantastic Speller Awards as students make progress to help keep parents/guardians involved in the learning process.
The following additional materials are also needed to implement the program.
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