Phonics Suite HD Word™
HD Word is a set of lessons that efficiently teaches the foundational skills that lead to strong decoding and fluent reading. The lessons systematically teach the essential phonics structures that unlock the English code in both simple and complex words. While the focus of HD Word is word study (phonics and phonemic awareness), there is a high rate of transfer to students’ skills in other areas of reading, such as fluency and comprehension. The net effect is faster, more accurate, and more confident readers.
In just 15-20 minutes a day, 5 days a week for only 33 weeks build the important and lifelong foundations needed for all future academic and life success.
HD Word Teacher Guides
Provides teachers with all of the information they need to effectively present the HD Word lessons. All the lessons are built for the teacher and include a thorough explanation of the concepts, routines, and procedures. The lessons are easy to follow and slightly scripted so they can be taught by a wide range of educators, not just seasoned literacy professionals and phonics specialists. For those unfamiliar with teaching phonemic awareness and phonics, the lesson plans include a “What You Need To Know” section for teachers to review prior to teaching. Visuals of phoneme/grapheme mapping (Build a Word) and detailed information in special Teacher Notes in the manual provide incremental professional development.
HD Word Online
This online teaching tool brings the lessons to life and reduces teacher prep time. This web-based teaching companion to HD Word can be used with an interactive whiteboard, LCD projector, tablet or standalone computer. When the instruction incorporates this visual component paired with the student manipulative kits, students learn and retain concepts faster and more effectively. HD Word has annual and six month subscription options to meet individual
HD Word Student Workbooks
This set of two books contains all the printed material a student needs to participate in the lessons. The workbooks contain the oral reading fluency passages and phonics practice activities that help students develop mastery and automaticity with key skills. The activities are engaging and age-appropriate for students in second grade and above. There are three levels of workbooks to choose from:
- Foundations (Grades 2-5)
- Essentials (Grades 5-8)
- Linguistics (Grades 8-12)
HD Word Student Kit
The HD Word Kit provides the vehicle for effective multisensory phonics instruction. Students learn concepts faster and retain them better when they use the manipulative kits. The kits include the letter tiles, color tiles, SyllaBoards™, and other components needed to complete all 33 units. Note: If students participated in Blast Foundations G1A, the HD Word Kit upgrade (HDUP $18) will supplement the Blast Student Kit with additional tiles so it can be used to complete all lessons in HD Word.
HD Word Structure of Units and Lessons - Just 15-20 minutes a day, 5 days a week
HD Word has 33 units (weeks), each with five daily lessons. Lessons are designed to be completed in 15-20 minute sessions. In one week, students are immersed in 75-100 minutes of explicit foundational skills instruction.
Lesson 1 (Monday) Oral Reading Fluency/Comprehension 15–20 minutes
In the first lesson of the week, students are given the opportunity to practice their Oral Reading skills by reading aloud from expository texts. At the same time, their classmates gain valuable reading skills as they listen to their classmates read aloud and identify errors. The students’ goal in Oral Reading is to read with an accuracy rate of 98% or higher. When students read accurately, their comprehension improves because they are correctly interpreting the words on the page. Comprehension questions are included beginning in Unit 21 of the Student Workbooks to encourage students to not only read accurately but to also pay attention to what they are reading.
Lesson 2 (Tuesday) Phonemic Awareness 15–20 minutes
The phonemic awareness component of HD Word (Units 1-20) involves various skill-building activities, such as segmenting, blending, and manipulating phonemes. These core skills are taught and practiced in a high-impact, engaging, and multisensory manner. The phonemic awareness instruction is pure; students concentrate on speech sounds without linking them to letters or spellings. There is a strong focus on vowel phonemes, which helps promote reading and spelling success.
Lessons 3 & 4 (Wednesday & Thursday) Phonics Concept 15–20 minutes each
The phonics concept lessons of HD Word build from simpleconcepts (digraphs, blends) to progressively more complex concepts about word structure (advanced vowel spellings, multisyllabic words, inflectional endings, all six syllable types). Most concepts are taught at a single-syllable level prior to advancing on to multisyllabic words. By Unit 14 of HD Word, students are reading multisyllabic words like absorbent, repeatedly, and inanimate. By Unit 26, students are reading words like entanglement, prescription, and humorously. By the last unit, students are reading words like programmable, predominate, and coincidence. Younger students learn the same concepts and develop the same skills while practicing with more age-appropriate words, such as fantastic, repeating, untidy, detective, thermometer, and celebration. Extension activities built into many of the lessons provide an additional layer of practice and challenge for students who need it.
Lesson 5 (Friday) Student Practice 15–20 minutes
Each unit has a series of high-impact practice activities that focus on the phonics concepts taught. The practice is cumulative and controlled. Students only practice with the items that have been explicitly taught, as well as with words from the Dolch 220 high frequency word list. These activities include Detective Work, Word Sorts, and Phrase and Sentence Reading. Each student reads aloud several times during each lesson so the teacher can provide immediate feedback through Positive Error Correction. These activities allow teachers to see who has mastered the concepts and who needs more help. Additional, optional activities, including homework, are also included.
The most effective first step toward implementing HD Word is gathering data and establishing goals. If you don’t have data on your students, we offer a family of free diagnostic tools that help qualify students for HD Word. Download our free Diagnostic Decoding Survey. This complimentary packets contain everything you’ll need for initial assessment of an unlimited number of students. The packet also provides an explanation of how the survey results can be used to group students. Learn more and download our complimentary diagnostic assessments>>
Successful reading interventions start with accurate diagnosis and grouping. Really Great Reading’s Grouping Matrix helps facilitate differentiated data-driven instruction and reporting. It is a free, web-based data management system that enables educators to group students (K- 12) according to the type and depth of their decoding difficulties. The same data management system can be used to monitor progress, report, and adjust.
NEW - Grouping Matrix Live Assess
Now you can assess and group your students in just one step. As you listen to your students read, enter the miscues directly into the Grouping Matrix, and it will do the rest. “Live Assess” will pinpoint the types of word a student is misreading, identify specific areas of confusion, total the types of errors, record the results, and group your students according to their decoding strengths and weaknesses. It’s never been easier to diagnose and group your students.
Teacher background knowledge is a key component to successful reading intervention. Really Great Reading offers different training options to provide teachers and interventionists with the background knowledge they’ll need to successfully diagnose, group, and teach struggling decoders. Even if you don’t use Blast Foundations, HD Word, Phonics Blitz or Phonics Boost, our professional development will offer you valuable techniques for helping struggling readers.