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BUSY IN THE READING ROOM

By Kathy Mitchell

The month of May in the reading room at CES finds us busy with the end of the year AimsWeb Benchmark testing. The reading staff has tested the students in kindergarten, first grade and second grade. The third and fourth graders were tested by their classroom teacher. The students in second, third and fourth grades read 3 different passages or stories and are timed for 1 minute. They also do a 3 minute silent reading comprehension page called the MAZE. First graders also read 3 different passages as well as reading nonsense words such,, as “noj” or “foc” which indicates that they can decode unknown words when they are reading.

Kindergarten students are tested on their letter names and letter sounds and they also have learned to read nonsense words using the letter sounds. Phoneme segmentation is another test given to kindergarten students. The child is asked to give all the individual sounds of a word such as “d-o-g” or “w-i-n-d” or “s-c-a-t”. Knowing those sounds helps a child know how to write or spell words.  

The teachers will be meeting with their grade level and look at the test scores that will show the improvement the students have made this year! As summer vacation approaches we have just two words for our students……KEEP READING!

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