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16.2 The Slow-Fast Game

This task introduces segmenting (and blending) words in which the initial phoneme is a stop sound. Here, the instructor says the word first, and then the student and instructor segment it simultaneously before the student attempts it solo.

16.5 Finger Tracking

Unlike in the last Finger Tracking task, all of the pieces of fruit are already on the screen, rather than appearing one at a time. This may tempt some students to read the fruit without using their finger on the screen. Make sure that they continue to use their finger on the screen to track from left to right and that they say the name of each fruit only when their finger is underneath it.

16.6 Story Reading

Starting with this cycle, Story Reading tasks will no longer include purple correction text in the instructor pane for each word.  Continue to correct students’ mistakes in the same way that the curriculum has called for thus far.  The bullets below provide a reminder of how to do so.

General Notes on this Type of Task:

Sounding Out Slowly

  • If the student says an incorrect sound, say: “This sound is /___/.  What sound is it?...  Read the word again.”
  • If the student pauses between any of the sounds, use the steps in the flowchart to correct them.
  • If the student’s finger stops beneath a small letter, or if the student reads a small letter, say: “Just read the big sounds, and skip any small ones, like this: /_____/.  Let’s touch and read it together: /_____/.  Good.  Your turn by yourself…”


  • If the student says the correct sounds for each letter but still fails to blend it into the correct word, that’s probably because they paused between sounds.  Go back to the first bullet point in this list.
  • If the student sounds out a word slowly well and still blends it incorrectly, say: “My turn to read it fast: __.  Your turn to read it fast…”


  • If the student fails to answer a literal (not inferential) question about the text, say: “Re-read this sentence to find out. Trace your finger back to the beginning of this. sentence. Go ahead…”