Getting Started with Flying Start to Literacy

  • Find out the students’ current reading skills and behaviors using the Record of Reading Behaviors assessment tool.
  • Group students with similar learning needs (4 to 6 students in a group is ideal for most).
  • Select a pair of books at the appropriate reading level for the students in the group, taking into account the students’ learning needs and interests.
  • Decide which book you will teach first.
  • Conduct the reading lesson with the students (supportive Lesson Plans are provided for each pair
    of books).
  • During the lesson, assess students’ reading informally. The Lesson Plans provide assessment points.
  • Have the students complete activities related to the specific book (see Lesson Plans for an extensive list of possible activities).
  • Teach the second book in the same way.
  • Have students work through the “talking about the pair” activities to synthesise the ideas about the topic presented in each book.
  • Repeat with other books from the level or move on to a more challenging level according to
    students’ learning.

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