Intervention Programs

Word Warm-ups® Live

Component of Read Live

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Focus:
  • Phonics

Additional Support:
  • Fluency
  • Spelling
  • Phonemic
    Awareness

Skill Level: Grades 1‒5
Intervention Range: Beginning Reader to Adult Learner

Build mastery and automaticity in phonics, decoding, and word analysis with systematic phonics instruction and multiple opportunities for students to decode and encode words easily within Word Warm-ups Live. Audio-supported phonics and word analysis lessons allow for individualization and enable students to work independently. Students progress through three sequential levels, from reading consonant-vowel-consonant words like bat, to multi-syllabic words like precautionary.

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, syllable, and affix 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 multiple sections in each level, each section focusing on intervention of different elements:

Level 1: One-syllable words Level 2: Two-syllable words   Level 3: Multi-syllabic words
Letter sounds
Short vowels
Long vowels with silent e
Long vowel teams
Consonant digraphs
Consonant blends
Vowels and the consonant r
Soft and silent consonants
Other vowel teams
Review Level 1 skills in compound words
Review Level 1 skills in more compound words
Base words not changed by suffixes
Base words changed by suffixes
Words with two syllables
Closed and open syllables
Two-syllable words with suffixes
Two-syllable words with prefixes
 

Word parts: prefixes
Other word parts
Word parts: suffixes
More prefixes
More suffixes
Open and closed syllables
Connectives

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, syllable, or affix. 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 reads each word with the narrator. This step helps the student learn the featured sounds or phonics patterns and provides teacher modeling.

Word List

Before a timing, a student can click any word to see it divided into word parts and hear each word part, as well as the whole word. Then, 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, phonics patterns, or language structure 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 skills in a game format. All items in the game are clickable to support students’ varying needs and support growth in phonemic awareness, phonics, and word analysis. Requiring that the student attain a certain number of points while waiting (e.g., 10) is a good idea.

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 and support growth in phonemic awareness, phonics, and word analysis.

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, a specific level of Word Warm-ups Live, or both programs for students needing decoding 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 69 exercises in nine sections of Level 1, 68 exercises in eight sections of Level 2, and 48 exercises in seven sections of Level 3. Each section has six to nine exercises and focuses on intervention for different phonics elements or word analysis:

Level 1:One-syllable words Level 2: Two-syllable words Level 3: Multi-syllabic words
Letter sounds
Short vowels
Long vowels with silent e
Long vowel teams
Consonant digraphs
Consonant blends
Vowels and the consonant r
Soft and silent consonants
Other vowel teams
Review Level 1 skills in compound words
Review Level 1 skills in more compound words   
Base words not changed by suffixes
Base words changed by suffixes
Words with two syllables
Closed and open syllables
Two-syllable words with suffixes
Two-syllable words with prefixes

Word parts: prefixes
Other word parts
Word parts:suffixes
More prefixes
More suffixes
Open and closed syllables
Connectors

pointer Word Warm-ups Live scope and sequence

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, affix, or word analysis 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 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 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 activity to improve phonemic awareness, phonics and decoding skills, as well as word analysis skills.
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 ClassLink and 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 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, One Minute Reader Live curriculum, and Read Naturally Live-Español curriculum.

Customer Reviews

Jan 19, 2024

4

My favorite 2 aspects of Read Live are the fluency work which is something kids do not often get enough practice with at the middle/high school levels, and the repetition of the reading process - from pre-reading to post-reading which is a habit that we need our students to learn.


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Jan 19, 2024

5

I have used Read Naturally - One Minute Reader for approximately 10 years and have seen great results! I work with struggling readers and I have found that this program does in fact build fluency, comprehension and confidence! This year I decided to try Read Naturally Live and have found it to be an even better program for my students. I've been teaching reading intervention for 11 years and used many different tools, but Read Naturally has been the one tool I've stuck with over the years because it continues to prove to be effective with my struggling readers. Customer service is also great!


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Jan 18, 2024

5

Read Live is a great tool that helps our teachers meet the needs of our students with language based learning differences. Using Read Live has been a very effective way to monitor student progress and helps to ensure our students meet their fluency and comprehension goals.


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Nov 28, 2023

5

My students have made tremendous progress over the years using Read Naturally Live! My students who struggle with fluency have gained confidence and improved at rates that don't even compare to other programs that I have used. I find the comprehension and vocabulary components to be very beneficial as well. The students love the high-interest content and they are motivated to reach their goals. I can't say enough about the positive impact Read Naturally Live has had on my challenged readers.


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Nov 23, 2023

5

Our school is the first and currently the only school in Bermuda for children with language-based learning differences. We have been using RNL since 2017 and have found it to be effective in strengthening our students' reading fluency and comprehension. The program is easy to implement, and our students enjoy being able to choose their stories and work to complete each level. Our teachers like the ease of placing students and the flexibility to move students to different levels when needed. RNL helps us target our student's individual needs and personalize their learning. We also appreciate having customer support with knowledgeable members of the team when needed.


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Nov 21, 2023

5

We love Read Live in our district! It is an appealing, easy and engaging program for students to work on their fluency and reading comprehension. Students love seeing their success within one story! This success carries over to progress monitoring scores as well. Having Read Live is a great addition to the direct instruction within our Title One program. It also helps that the non-fiction stories are quite interesting for the students.


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Nov 21, 2023

5

I have been using RNL with my Title One Reading groups and they love it! They are proud of themselves when they reach their reading goals and their confidence is growing. There is a nice variety of stories and students always find a topic that interests them. I like that we can select reading skills to target individual students needs. I love that RNL is aligned with Science of Reading and students are able to identify and apply what we learn during large group lesson to their RNL stories!


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Nov 21, 2023

5

Absolutely LOVE read LIVE. It's a fabulous way for students to engage in authentic nonfiction texts with great comprehension. Our students have excelled at practicing main idea, vocabulary, sequencing, summarizing and other skills for each and every story. Being able to give specific feedback is invaluable. There has been a strong positive correlation between students that participate in read naturally and pass our state assessment. My only wish is to have some fiction passages that aren't idioms. I don't think I'd use any other program for interventions if fiction passages (not idioms) were created. Highly recommend.


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Nov 7, 2023

5

Read Live is an amazing program. I have seen my student's ORF rates soar with this program. The students that comprise my class are on multiple reading levels and it makes instruction difficult. Reading Live takes the stress off of meeting the needs of multiple struggling readers and maximizes reading time. Students can successfully work on their reading level while I support them. The stories available to the students are engaging and relevant. The data collected from the reports section is valid and is exactly what my district wants in data meetings. I just attended a Reading League training and this program is aligned with the Science of Reading. I am so thankful for this program and feel confident as a teacher that I am providing science-based practices to my reading instruction.


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Aug 10, 2023

4

The stories are engaging for kids.
Easy flow for teachers.


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Jan 13, 2023

5
I've taught for a long time, and this is a stellar program that will give you the biggest bang for your buck!
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Dec 14, 2022

5

My daughter was in 4th grade and a very reluctant reader. A teacher in our school at the time found Read Naturally and implemented it as the reading program in her 5th grade class. This is when it was on CDs! My daughter went from a 2nd to a 5th grade reading level in about 3 months. It changed her school experience for the better. She is 30 now and she is a voracious reader and writer. I credit Read Naturally for the dramatic improvement and the confidence it gave her when she exceeded her fluency goal. I personally like the non-fiction stories. They are interesting and she still recalls some of them. Thank you!


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May 25, 2022

5

I honestly can't think of anything to improve on - here are the things we loved...
the stories were great (students enjoyed them)
ease of use for teachers - fabulous
support from Read Naturally was excellent! :) (my favorite)
the continuous updates through e-mail from Read Naturally as well as online PD was a plus!


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May 24, 2022

1

My school uses this for high school Special Education students. While this is good research-based material, the stories are extremely boring. My students HATE using this program, and it is the equivalent of busy work. Students find another story about a species of lizard to be troublesome, and they are desperate for content that is of any interest to people over 7 years old. I have been trying to get my school to get rid of the program. It is retarding progress with our most at need students because they dread it. It is a weekly punishment they must endure. This attitude is only a product of wrestling with my students, not my projection of ideas on them.


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Customer Service May 24, 2022

Hello Mike,

Thank you for your review!

Often in these scenarios, adjusting program settings – such as reducing the number of required read alongs – can help to increase engagement for older students. We offer great insight into customizing the program based on student need & grade in our online knowledgebase here: Knowledgebase :: Adapting Read Naturally Live to Meet Individual Students’ Needs :: Read Naturally, Inc.

That said, although Read Live is widely used in high schools, adult literacy programs, juvenile detention centers and even adult prisons, no program is right for all students and settings.

Please let us know if we can provide further guidance to assist in your implementation!

Customer Service May 24, 2022

Hello Mike,

Thank you for your review!

Often in these scenarios, adjusting program settings – such as reducing the number of required read alongs – can help to increase engagement for older students. We offer great insight into customizing the program based on student need & grade in our online knowledgebase here: Knowledgebase :: Adapting Read Naturally Live to Meet Individual Students’ Needs :: Read Naturally, Inc.

That said, although Read Live is widely used in high schools, adult literacy programs, juvenile detention centers and even adult prisons, no program is right for all students and settings.

Please let us know if we can provide further guidance to assist in your implementation!

May 18, 2022

5

I absolutely love the Read Naturally program. My students grew so much as a result of using the program. They are doing their cold reads at 20-30 words higher than when they started Read Naturally two months ago. One of my students said today, " I don't know why I love this so much, but I do!" They just love Read Naturally!


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Khalida Bibi May 28, 2023
Excellent thanks

Mar 7, 2022

5

I have seen measurable progress when using the Read Live program to build fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills. I like assigning homework on Read Live and then meeting with the student, to go over their progress during the school day. The stories are fun and engaging and the feedback is very motivating for students.


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Jan 11, 2022

5

This is my first time using Read Naturally and I already see some amazing benefits for both the students and myself, the classroom teacher. I see the skills they are learning on Read Naturally naturally help their reading skills transfer in other areas. It helps me differentiate individual student's needs and get that pointed one-on-one instruction to readers who need it. I wish ALL of my students could use Read Naturally!


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May 25, 2021

5

This past year Read Live has added components of the program that make it convenient for me to offer students a wide range of tutoring depending on their levels and their reading skills. We are just finishing a challenging school year, but one that has allowed me to help my students make significant gains in their skills because of the Read Naturally suite of products which includes Word Warm-ups and One Minute Reader.


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Apr 8, 2021

5
I love the program, and it has provided a perfect intervention for my 5th graders. I wondered if you have plans to add Word Warm-Ups level 2 (two syllable words) and Level 3 (multisyllabic words) to the Live edition? My students' level of participation has increased so much since incorporating the Live edition (over the older version that required CD players (with batteries that went dead, and headphones that never worked). Would very much like to see the next two levels added to LIVE!!
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Nelda Reyes May 24, 2021

Carolyn, I'm with you on inquiring about the Word Warm-Ups Level 2 and Level 3. I love that you can place students on the Sequence Stories and then have them work on those Word Warm-Up Levels where they are having difficulty with decoding those syllable types on just words to increase their fluency. I am also a huge fan of the Read Live vs. paper-pencil, CD version.

TJ Ihnot, Marketing at Read Naturally Apr 8, 2021

We’re so glad your students are having success! Word Warm-ups Live Level 2 is in development and should be available this fall. Level 3 will take a little longer, but we are planning to add that content as well.

Aug 26, 2020

5

I gave the placement assessment today virtually for the first time to a brand new student to our program. I shared my screen. It was so simple. I was able to place him in less than 10 minutes. With the extra time, I gave the student and his Nanna a walkthrough of the Read Live process from Cold Read to Hot Read all from my computer! Being able to log in as the student makes this possible!


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