FastBridge has organized its guidance and resources for reading instruction and intervention into the six domains shown below, covering all five areas in the National Reading Panel Report (2000), including Phonics. The interventions are included as part of the Instruction Plans in the Screening to Intervention Report for Reading (s2i-R). There are both whole- and small-group lesson materials available in the Training and Resources section of the FastBridge system. Each intervention includes eight sections and users are encouraged to examine all the sections of an intervention prior to using it with students. This article provides information about the Phonics interventions and resources for teaching students from diverse backgrounds.
Phonics includes an understanding that:
- all letters match to one or more specific sounds;
- knowing the sounds that match letters allows readers to decode phonetically regular new words;
- some English words are not phonetically regular and require reading by sight; and
- sound-symbol correspondence is important for accurate spelling.
Phonics is a foundational skill necessary for reading proficiency. Additional information about how best to teach Phonics as part of a comprehensive reading curriculum is found in the free practice guides:
- Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade
- Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades
The FastBridge Screening to Intervention Report for Reading (s2i-R) provides the best guidance for which interventions to use with whole classes as well as small groups. Go to the Training & Resources tab and select Phonics. The available FastBridge Phonics interventions include the following:
- Picture Card Sort
- Letter Sound Bingo
- Word Boxes
- Word Mix-up