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Word Warm-ups® Live

Component of Read Live

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Focus:
  • Phonics

Additional Support:
  • Fluency
  • Phonemic
    Awareness

Skill Level: Grades 1‒2
Intervention Range: Grades 1‒8

Build mastery and automaticity in phonics and decoding with systematic phonics instruction and multiple opportunities for students to decode and encode words easily within Word Warm-ups Live. Audio-supported phonics lessons allow for individualization and enable students to work independently.

Read Live A Component of Read Live

Students...

  • Improve word recognition.
  • Learn to use word patterns to decode rapidly.
  • Read words with the featured patterns in connected text.
  • Decode increasingly difficult phonetically regular words.
  • Reinforce featured phonics skills by spelling phonetically regular words.

Word Warm-ups Live provides...

  • Differentiation for students who need additional phonics instruction.
  • Motivation through graphing progress.
  • Practice and systematic review to solidify learning.
  • Instruction in the most common phonics patterns.
  • An assessment to place students in the appropriate level and lesson.

Word Warm-ups Live develops accuracy and automaticity in decoding through a modified version of the powerful Read Naturally Strategy of teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. Students work on short audio-supported phonics exercises for as little as 10 minutes a day as reading warm-ups or up to 30 minutes a day as an intervention.

Word Warm-ups Live Intro StepsINTRODUCTION TO EACH SECTION

The student clicks on a picture and hears a lesson about the word or letter under the picture. This instructional step provides teacher modeling. There are nine sections, each focusing on phonics intervention for different phonics elements:

  • Letter sounds
  • Short vowels
  • Long vowels with silent e
  • Long vowels
  • Digraphs
  • Blends
  • Vowels with the consonant r
  • Other consonant sounds
  • Other vowel sounds
Select an Exercise

The student chooses an exercise to work in. Each section has six to nine exercises.  Most exercises are word-list exercises, but each section has a story exercise.

Word-List Exercises​WORD-LIST EXERCISES

If a student selects any exercise other than the story exercise, the student will see the following steps:

Look, Listen, and Respond

The student clicks a picture to hear a lesson about a featured sound. The student responds to the instruction by segmenting the featured word before reading it aloud. Then, the student clicks each of the five words to segment and read each word with the narrator. This step helps the student learn the featured sounds or phonics patterns and provides teacher modeling.

Word List

The student reads the words in the exercise word list, down the columns and across the rows, clicking any word he or she doesn’t know to hear the word read. The student clicks finished and sees the number of words read per minute.

The student practices reading the word lists independently until he or she can read all of the words correctly. As the student practices many words with the featured pattern, he or she learns to decode the pattern more easily and to read the words with automaticity.

This step is the repeated reading component of the Read Naturally Strategy, which helps the student apply the featured sounds or phonics patterns to master the words. This step also allows a student to monitor progress, the component of the Read Naturally Strategy that motivates the student to improve. The student can see the number of words read per minute (wpm) and can compare the number of words read to a rank that runs from Warming-up to Shooting Star.

Spelling

The student spells five words from the word list. The student listens to a word and sentence about the word and attempts to spell the word. Then, the student clicks Show Me to see if her spelling of the word is correct or if any changes are needed to make the spelling correct. The student gets full credit if she can spell the word correctly on the first try.

Phontastic

While the student waits for the teacher to do the pass timing on the word list and spelling words, the student reviews phonics skills in a game format. All items in the game are clickable to support students’ varying needs.

Pass Timing

The teacher listens to the student read the word list. To pass, the student must read all the words down the columns, then across the rows, at or above the student's wcpm goal rate with three or fewer errors.

Graph of Pass Score

A graph of the hot-timing score shows the student’s score in red along with the rank the student attained.

Pass/Review Work

The teacher reviews the student’s work in this exercise with the student and assigns any remedial options.

Story Exercise​STORY EXERCISE

If a student selects the story exercise, the student will see the following steps:

Read Along

The read along gives students a chance to read words with the featured phonics patterns in connected text. Ideally, students work through the story exercise after completing the word list exercises.

The student reads along quietly with a recording of a passage that contains words with the featured sounds taught in the section. The read along provides the teacher modeling component of the Read Naturally Strategy, which models correct pronunciation and helps the student learn new words and master others.

Practice

The student practices reading all or part of the story independently a set number of times chosen by the teacher. In Word Warm-ups Live, this reading isn’t timed, and there’s no fluency score. In Word Warm-ups, the purpose of the story is to have students read words with the featured phonics patterns in connected text.

Quick Quiz

The student completes a modified cloze question about the story. Each answer choice uses a featured sound from the section and provides another opportunity for the student to use the featured patterns in connected text. Responding to the text also holds the student accountable for meaning.

Phontastic

While the student waits for the teacher to do the pass timing on the Story and Quick Quiz, the student reviews phonics skills in a game format. All items in the game are clickable to support students’ varying needs.

Pass/Story Review

This activity provides an opportunity for the student to apply the featured phonics elements in the context of a story. You may have the student read all or part of the story; modify your expectations based on what you know about the student.

Pass/Review Quick Quiz

The teacher can review the student’s responses to the quiz and offer guidance in how to correct errors. This page has a dropdown to show either the student’s responses or the correct answers. The student has the opportunity to correct the answers if the teacher assigns this option on the Remedial page.

Word Warm-ups Live is a component of the Read Live platform—a subscription program that is licensed per student. Teachers can reassign licenses if students leave the program.

A printable phonics assessment helps a teacher decide whether students should use Read Naturally Live, Word Warm-ups Live, or both programs for students needing phonics intervention. A student must be placed in a level of Read Naturally Live in order to work in Word Warm-ups.

A student works through the sections in the Word Warm-ups Live student program, and the teacher manages the student's progress in the Word Warm-ups Live teacher program.

STUDENT PROGRAM

Word Warm-ups Live includes access to all 69 exercises in nine sections. Each section has six to nine exercises and focuses on phonics intervention for different phonics elements:

  • Letter sounds
  • Short vowels
  • Long vowels with silent e
  • Long vowels
  • Digraphs
  • Blends
  • Vowels with the consonant r
  • Other consonant sounds
  • Other vowel sounds
Word Warm-ups Live Student Program​Key activities include:
  • Word lists of words with featured patterns
    After receiving direct instruction in the featured phonics elements of each exercise, the student practices reading the word lists to develop decoding skills and automaticity in reading the words.
  • Spelling activity
    The student spells five words from the word list to link the decoding and encoding of featured phonics patterns, deepening the student’s mastery of both reading and spelling skills​.
  • Story exercise and Quick Quiz
    A high-interest, nonfiction story in each section provides the opportunity to read words with the featured phonics pattern(s) in connected text. The student demonstrates an understanding of the story during a Quick Quiz.
Extensive audio support includes:
  • Audio directions for each step of the process.
  • Audio phonics lessons in the introduction to the section and in a Look, Listen, Respond format.
  • A paced recording of the story that models correct pronunciation and expression.
  • Pronunciation of words in the word list or story when clicked.
  • Auditory signals that indicate if a student's responses to the spelling or quiz items are correct or incorrect.
Structured instructional process includes:
  • Automated steps built around teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring.
  • A wait-time phonics-building activity.
Computerized scoring and reports include:
  • Calculation of word list fluency scores.
  • Automated correction of modified cloze questions and spelling items.
  • Graphs and reports showing student performance.

TEACHER PROGRAM

Word Warm-ups Live Teacher Program​Set up of account for district, building, classroom, staff, and/or students include:
  • Enrolling staff and students.
  • Licensing students.
  • Support for Google login using G Suite for Education.
Management of student programs includes:
  • A printable placement test.
  • Easily customized options for individual students.
  • Word list or spelling reports.
  • Printable exercises, reports, and awards.
Online documentation includes:
  • Step-by-step instructions for working in the software
  • Training videos that explain how to set up the software and work with students in the program.

ONLINE RESOURCES AND TECH SUPPORT

To help you implement Read Live successfully, Read Naturally provides free web resources and tech support.
pointer Learn more about Read Naturally's online resources and tech support

Word Warm-ups Live is an integrated part of the Read Live platform. All Read Live licenses enable full access to the Word Warm-ups Live curriculum as well as access to the Read Naturally Live curriculum.

Customer Reviews

Mar 15, 2018

5

Read Naturally has been a wonderful intervention tool that has helped build fluency and confidence. It has been amazing to see the students grow and see the pride they have in themselves after even a few short weeks of reading with the program. My students are not just motivated to use Read Live but they're excited to come to our book club and get to read!


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Mar 15, 2018

5

I was introduced to Read Naturally at a conference and fell in love with it. I am currently using a trial version in my classes. I teach special education and have some very reluctant readers because it is so difficult for them. After being introduced to Read Naturally Live, the students are asking to stay later in my class so they can read more. It is so exciting to see them want to read!


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Feb 21, 2018

5

Thank you for the information. It was very helpful :-)


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Feb 14, 2018

5

I love that this program provides for teaching points. I am always redirecting my students back to the text to find support for their short responses. Students can learn a lot just from analyzing HOW a question, definition or context are phrased. One thing I would love to see is a "NOT YET" option for teachers on the short response and retell portions. We focus so much on growth mindset that clicking "NO" puts readers in that "fixed mindset" and implies that they are wrong, when they just need to elaborate.


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Jan 25, 2018

5

I love this program. I have brought it to 3 schools over the past 11 years because it is THE BEST program for struggling readers. It allows individualized practice and instruction in a small group setting. It also provides meaningful data for writing and monitoring progress on reading goals. With the reports available, I am able to communicate very specific details about students strengths, deficits, functional levels, and growth with parents and fellow educators. Since it is a direct measure of reading and comprehension levels, it is the most meaningful tool I have for effective reading intervention. Students really enjoy the informational text.


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Jan 11, 2018

5

Good


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Jan 4, 2018

5

I am always impressed with how fast Read Naturally responds to a HELP ticket. Within minutes I had help and was able to get back in to the program and back to work. Thank you


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Jan 3, 2018

4

This is my first year using RNL. RNL is a great resource to build fluency and boost comprehension. My students enjoy the bank of stories and always ask if it is RNL time yet. If the vocabulary game was available the cold and pass activity times it would have gotten a 5 star rating.


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Victoria Sharrer Jan 3, 2018
After completing both the review and a survey, I received email responses from both parties. Talk about AMAZING customer service!! They have helped me out and explained how the program does in-fact allow students to do Wordtastic (the vocabulary game mentioned above) while waiting for pass activities to be checked after practicing the story an extra time. My students and I, both need to read and listen more carefully to the directions. :) OUTSTANDING product!!

Jan 3, 2018

5

I have used Read Naturally software edition for years. It has been one of my "go-to" interventions for struggling readers. Read Naturally Live was one of the first programs I requested at my new school this year!


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Dec 6, 2017

5

I love this reading program! The stories are very engaging.


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Nov 28, 2017

5

Love using Read Naturally Live with my students!


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Nov 27, 2017

5

We used the old Read Naturally Program for many years, but we LOVE the new Read Naturally Live! We have 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Fluency and Comprehension Intervention groups using it this year. We have had great success and the students love it! It meets the individual needs of each student where they are at. If you are looking for a program to increase fluency, this is the one! I'd like to add that the support folks at Read Naturally Live are awesome to work with. They have been so helpful with technical issues and licensing concerns. Julee Posyluzny, Instructional Coach K-5, Acequia, ID


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Nov 15, 2017

5

I can't believe in the short amount of time we have used Read Naturally how much improvement our students are showing. It is a tremendous tool for struggling readers.


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Oct 27, 2017

5

Read Naturally Live is a fantastic tool! It provides the structure needed for effective reading practice and growth using engaging non-fiction stories. My students love seeing their reading progress after following the repeat reading steps.

Leslie Patterson, Dyslexia Therapist, Blue Ridge, TX


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Oct 20, 2017

5

Read Live is an independent reading class for our struggling readers to practice fluency and comprehension. I interact individually with students to check their work and their progress. Students are practicing reading and understanding as they read. The non-fiction stories are high interest for the students. I love using this tool with my students. I look for weaknesses and address those with a weekly whole group lesson and practice session. All my students are making progress!
I wish the vocabulary "game" that they work on while waiting for their cold read had a score that was reported to me. Sometimes the students are just clicking without reading carefully. Is that available and I don't know about it?


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TJ Ihnot, Marketing at Read Naturally Jan 3, 2018

The program does not currently report data on the Wordtastic game. Wordtastic is designed as a waiting activity and is not considered a core part of the intervention curriculum. Thank you for using Read Naturally Live! 

Victoria Sharrer Jan 3, 2018
Hi,

I would like to know the answer to the Wordtastic question as well. Did you find a way to view this?

Oct 20, 2017

4

I have been using Read Live for the past 2.5 years and have been very happy with it. I get a lot of valuable data from it and 'my readers' benefit from the differentiated instruction.
The most recent updates though have made it buggy and slow. That being said, tech support is quick to respond and I look forward to it stabilizing in the near future.


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Tech Support at Read Naturally Oct 20, 2017

Jason, thank you for your valuable feedback! We’re sorry for the recent service disruption with our most recent update. The changes we made to the program were significant, and caused some of our users to temporarily experience performance issues. We believe that we have solved most of these issues, but will continue to work with you to resolve any problems you may still be encountering with Read Live. Please reach out to us at any time so that we can ensure you receive the best support and experience with the program possible. Thank you for using Read Live!

Oct 6, 2017

5

Our district has experienced lots of success with our middle school RTI2 students who are using Read Naturally Live. Interventionists report that students like using the program. There is minimal planning time involved and the program teaches vocabulary and comprehension strategies as students read. Students like the program because they can work at their own pace. They don't have to read in front of a group, and there is a choice of interesting texts for them to read.


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Sep 28, 2017

5

Lovin' it! My students are totally engaged with the high-interest informational reading selections. They can't wait to read! They get excited about the progress they see on their graphs, and we have valuable conversations when progress is not as expected. I get excited about the progress that is evident from cold-to- hot reads!


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Aug 29, 2017

5

I've taught for 25 years and I'm seeing the most success in reading for my students than I have ever seen.

This summer I tutored a Chinese boy who was adopted and has only been in the United States for a year. He's 11 years old going into 7th grade and only reading at a second grade level when I started working with him the beginning of the summer. He has completed five stories and moved up one grade level over the summer. I am so excited about the progress that he has made in such a short time using Read Live Naturally.

Thanks for all you do to help improve students' reading.


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Jun 30, 2017

4

My school uses Read Live , it is a great help for the teacher and the students like it a lot. They accelerate in reading without complaining or feeling that it is hard. The little stories are very interesting to the students, at the appropriate level and adapts to the students learning style , allowing them to have all the time need it to accomplish reading fluency and comprehension. Using Read-live was the principal's decision for the school. At the end of the school year, I was impress with the results. I think it was the best program to use for our students. We will continue using this amazing program.


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