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This app is designed to help kids develop comprehension skills early in the process of learning to read. Using this app, kids who are reading at Guided Reading Level C become skilled at reading simple passages and answering text-based multiple choice comprehension questions. The format and problems were developed and authored by experienced educator Anne Gardner (Nationally Board Certified in the U.S. in Literacy - biography below).
This free version includes the first passage. You can purchase the full version (which includes all 15 passages) through an in-app purchase. Note that there is a paid version of this app which includes all passages.
This app is ideal for use in either a classroom or home setting. It is recommended that a parent or teacher work through the first couple passages with students. Once students are familiar with the format of the multiple choice questions, this app can be used independently. Each word can be touched individually to hear its pronunciation.
The format of passages and questions mirror the assessments that many Kindergarten and First grade students now take at school. Working with this app is a fun way for students to build confidence approaching these assessments!
These word problems are designed with the rigor of the following Kindergarten and First Grade Common Core standards in mind:
① ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1 - Ask and answer questions about key details in a text (for the beginning of the year).
② ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 - With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
③ ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3g - Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words (for beginning of year words).
④ ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3c - Read common high-frequency words by sight.
This app tracks how many questions the students answer correctly on their first attempt for each passage. By checking the home screen, you can quickly monitor your student's progress. As well, by going to the ‘Parents and Educators’ section from the homepage you can reset all of the stars to 0.
** Coming soon - Reading Comprehension Passages for Guided Reading Levels D, E, F, G and H. **
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More About Anne Gardner:
Anne Gardner is a Response to Intervention Teacher in the lovely village of Newark Valley, New York. She earned a Master of Science in Early Education from Binghamton University. After working as a First Grade teacher for ten years, Anne was awarded National Board Certification in the field of Literacy. She has worked with students in Preschool, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third and Fourth grades. Anne strives to help each student become excited about learning as he/she develops strong reading comprehension and problem solving skills.
- June 18, 2014 Initial release
- August 28, 2014 New version 2.0