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Focus on the common core

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Today I am reviewing two products by Lindsey Swanson-Karol of the Word Nerd Speech Teach Blog related to the core curriculum: the Common Core Based Language Assessment as well as her Robot Phonological Awareness Pack.

Those of  you who follow my blog know that when I select materials, I always try to make sure that the materials are multipurpose, multi-functional, and curriculum embedded.

First up is the Common Core Based Language Assessment.  This 14 page informal language assessment is based on the common core for K-5 grade in the areas of the curriculum relevant to speech-language pathology.

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Each grade ‘assessment’ has between 8-10 questions to quickly tap into the student’s abilities in particular areas of language such as knowledge of grammar, phonological awareness skills, comprehension of “wh” questions or story retelling.

In the packet Lindsey provides the answer sheets for grades K-3. The answers for 4th and 5th grades are not provided since these students can read the questions themselves vs. the students in the lower grades to whom the questions will be be primarily presented verbally. Throughout the assessment the focus on grammar is heavily emphasized.  Paper based manipulatives are also included at the end of the document. All in all it’s a nice diverse pack, which can be used to assess a number of skills. I especially like the following features:

  • Attributes (1st grade)
  • Listening Comprehension recognizing Main Idea vs. Details (2nd grade)
  • Comparatives/Superlatives (3rd grade)
  • Homophones (4th grade)
  • Nonsense Word Based Context Clues (4th grade)
  • Similes/metaphors (4th grade)
  • Fact vs. opinion (5th grade)
  • Idioms/Proverbs (5th grade)
  • Personal Narrative Retelling (5th grade)

You can find it HERE in Lindsey’s TPT Store.

Next up is Lindsey’s 75 page Robot Phonological Awareness Pack which targets phonological awareness skills with this pack that includes:

  • 54 rhyming cards
  • 72 segmenting cards
  • 48 phoneme identification cards
  • 90 blending cards
  • 36 syllable deletion cards
  • 36 phoneme addition cards
  • 36 phoneme deletion cards
  • 36 phoneme manipulation cards

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This is a terrific phonological awareness mega packet which is perfect for teaching emergent reading abilities in lower elementary aged children and is very nicely in line with such tests as the Test of Auditory Processing Skills-3 or the Test of Phonological Awareness-2 .  You can find it HERE in Lindsey’s TPT Store as well.

Lindsey is currently reviewing my Narrative Assessment of Preschool and School Aged Children and Vocabulary Development packets on her Blog.

So we decided to do a Raflecopter giveaway of one of our products on our respective blogs! She’ll be giving away her  Robot Phonological Awareness packet on her BLOG while I’ll be giving away my Vocabulary Development packet  on mine.

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1 thought on “Focus on the common core

  1. Can’t wait to check out her TPT products! Thank you for the suggestion!

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