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Word Warm-ups® Live

Component of Read Live

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  • Phonics

Additional Support:
  • Fluency
  • Phonemic

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


  • 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

pointer Word Warm-ups Live phonics elements

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.


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.


To help you implement Read Live successfully, Read Naturally provides free web resources and tech support.
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Word Warm-ups Live is an integrated component of the Read Live platform.

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

Aug 29, 2017


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.


Jun 30, 2017


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.


Jun 13, 2017


I used Read Naturally for four years in Washoe County School District Reno, NV. I saw what a great job the program did to improve not only the student's reading but also language skills. I love that the stories are nonfiction. Great way to learn about all sorts of topics. I used the 60 day trial for the new school district that I work for. I saw huge jumps in reading levels for my low 4th and 5th grade readers. We are now purchasing the program to set up a reading lab for the following school year. I am excited to use this with all our struggling readers.


Apr 20, 2017


"Read Naturally is an engaging and effective program for students. I am so proud of the growth I have seen after using this program with my middle school students this year. I have previously used the program with elementary students and saw the progress they made. I am proud to say that I have observed the same success, if not even greater growth with middle level students. They are so proud of themselves for the growth they have made in reading during this year. I too am very proud of them and thank Read Naturally for developing a program to support literacy and student success!" Gloria, Reading Interventionist, Gaffney, SC


Mar 19, 2017


My students look forward to using this program every day on their IPADS. The stories are interesting for both teachers and students!! Not only are we building fluency but vocabulary for ELL students. Our teachers love this program!


Mar 3, 2017

RN Live is an awesome program. We use it with our Title One students. The students love it as well. My favorite part of RN Live is how I know where the students are at in the program and they are doing independent work at the same time. Love this program.

Jan 9, 2017


This program gives kids confidence about their reading. It is an individualized program that meets kids at their level and gives kids the practice to meet their goal. It builds fluency first and foremost in addition to building vocabulary and increases comprehension.


Dec 14, 2016


I began using Read Live Naturally with two students for RTI purposes this fall. In just two months both of these students, who have struggled with fluency for at least two years, have increased their fluency and accuracy by at least 100 wcpm with an average of 98% accuracy! These students, their parents and I are so excited by their progress and they continue to use the program faithfully to further their growth and maintain their new skills! Their smiles are so huge when they see their progress and confidence is growing by leaps and bounds. This program Rocks!


Dec 14, 2016


All of my students who use this program regularly show excellent gains in fluency, accuracy, and comprehension. The reports are extremely helpful in developing new IEP goals for my students.


Dec 14, 2016


I had used Read Naturally on CD's for many year in a summer reading intervention program in my district. This is the first time I am using Read Online. The students enjoy viewing their progress. I now have motivated readers who were reluctant readers. I use the program with students grades 1-8 in a resource room. Some of the features that work are: permission to exit one student and enter another in their slot; independent word work, individualized license for an amount of slots needed and ample practice and reinforcement. Also the sales and tech people were great.


Dec 14, 2016


It is difficult to find informational text that grabs the attention of students the way the stories in Read Naturally do. I have used Read Naturally since the days of the cassette version, but the computer version is terrific and even better now with the iPad version. I can have so much going on at the same time and it allows me to work with other students in other subject areas while providing interventions and remediations at the same time. It is a terrific program that tracks the data for you if you are using it for ongoing progress monitoring. Wherever I go, whenever people as if I could have only two programs what would they be, Read Naturally is one of them.


Dec 14, 2016


Read Live is an excellent program. It is research-based program that integrates technology. The students enjoy the program because it is self-monitored and engaging. The students can see immediate results of success and needed interventions. I highly recommend this product to anyone that is interested in empowering and engaging their students. Every child can experience success on their academic level with the opportunity of advancing to a higher challenge as they progress.

Liz Jan 3, 2017

If you view Read Live as an excellent program and highly recommend this product, may I ask why you gave it only a one star? Is there something wrong or that you didn't like? Thank you!

Dec 14, 2016


Read Live is an amazing program! I have seen first hand how it has positively impacted our reading scores for general education students, Title 1 students, and our SpEd. students. The fact that they LOVE reading the stories is "icing on the cake"!!! Susie - RAL (Reading Achievement Leader), Kingman, Arizona


Nov 4, 2016


Read Naturally is a supplemental reading program that gives the children confidence and reinforces high frequency words and comprehension skills in a highly engaging way.


Oct 13, 2016


RLN is a beneficial program for my ELL students and I am excited to to see where it leads this year!


Oct 10, 2016


I use Read Naturally Live with my Title 1 Reading students. It is a great program for differentiated instruction. My students love the fact that they get to use technology to improve their reading. It is very user friendly! The program includes everything from phonics, fluency to comprehension. My students have gained great strides in their reading!!


Aug 11, 2016


It has been such a fabulous journey thus far to watch my readers become confident, faster readers because of Read Naturally Live! I am a reading specialist and have been teaching reading to Kg-4th grade students for ten years now. Before implementing the Read Naturally Live program, I was just not seeing the gains in fluency and reading accuracy that I'd hoped for despite using a variety of strategies. Since implementing this program, however, I have seen the greatest number of gains in my career. With the new emphasis on speed in most all state-wide assessments for determination of overall success, the daily practice of accuracy, speed and comprehension has shown remarkable results there as well. I wholeheartedly recommend Read Naturally Live as a primary source for students who struggle with fluency, accuracy, and comprehension, especially grades 2-4. Additionally, there are several teachers in my district who have successfully implemented the program as a supplement for their middle school students with IEPs. Because of its built in data collection feature, it really gives a clear picture for parents, administration, and students to monitor progress. I can honestly say Read Naturally Live is an awesome program!


Aug 2, 2016


I became acquainted with Read Naturally back when it was just paper, pencil and cassette tapes!! I thought it was great then and even better now that it's computerized. It's so much easier to help more students during the same time, but I wouldn't have more than 6 students at a time per educator.


Jun 6, 2016


Great program for ESL/EFL young learners.


Jun 2, 2016


Read Live has aided in the increased fluency of at least 85% of my students this year, ranging from 20 to 35 wpm since Sept. That's been a great confidence booster for my students, but that's been just one benefit. The variety and depth of the comprehension questions are so much more advanced and beneficial to my student's comprehension skills. The program gives them great tools to go back and find the answers and they're given incentives for having 100% correct the first time I check them. The open ended questions and summary are great opportunities to reinforce correct writing mechanics and sentence structure. The students get excited telling me about something they've learned in their story......"Mrs. Harlan, did you know that....." So, Read Live benefits the students in so many areas and skills.....fluency, vocabulary..... (synonym/antonym practice is super!), comprehension and composing sentences/summaries. They also love working the crossword puzzles.


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