Phonics Suite's Phonics Blitz
Phonics Blitz is a set of 50 intervention lessons for students in grades 4–12. The lessons help students who are unable to effectively read complex text. Blitz is designed specifically for students who read less accurately than expected because they lack key foundational skills. The primary focus of the lessons is phonemic awareness, phonics concepts, and essential word-attack skills and the net effect of these lessons is faster and more accurate reading of complex text.
This fast-paced, age-appropriate instruction re-teaches key skills essential for close reading and good comprehension. The approach is mature, engaging and motivational for older students. Not all students qualify for these lessons; the instruction is specifically for students who struggle with reading multisyllable words and words with advanced vowel patterns. This is phonics recast for older students. By the 9th hour of instruction, students are reading academic words like drench, pledge, and prompt and by the 13th hour of instruction students are reading words like astonishment, sentimental, and kinetic. Phonics Blitz lessons are often completed in just 4–12 weeks.
The Phonics Blitz Teacher's Guides provide teachers with all the lessons they need to effectively teach Phonics Blitz. 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 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 guides include incremental professional development for each lesson.
Bring your reading intervention lessons to life and reduce teacher prep time with Phonics Blitz Online, our new interactive teaching tool! This web-based companion to Phonics Blitz (2nd Edition) can be used with an interactive whiteboard, LCD projector, or standalone computer. This set of virtual manipulatives will engage students of all ages with its fun, interactive lessons and reading support!
Student set includes 2 books (25 lessons each) with oral reading passages and student activities. The practice activities follow a standard Orton Gillingham scope and sequence. The activities are engaging, mature, and move at a pace that is appropriate for students in grades 2-12. There is a high concentration of academic vocabulary and students learn how to read the complex multisyllable words that they encounter across the curriculum.
The Student Phonics Kit is an essential part of Phonics Suite instruction. Students use the magnetic letter tiles and SyllaBoards to practice the phonics concepts taught in the lessons. They use the calculator and colored pencils as they track errors and chart their fluency rate and accuracy during oral reading. The Student Phonics Kit can also be used by tutors working with one or two students or with other phonics-based programs.
Student Group Size, Scope and Sequence and Lesson Structure
Phonics Blitz lessons are most effective with small-group instruction. The maximum recommended group size for students in Phonics Blitz is 12. Our complimentary Grouping Matrix™ will help identify the level of decoding difficulty for each student, the recommended set of lessons from Phonics Suite™, and the maximum group size. Sign up for free access to the Grouping Matrix.
The Phonics Blitz scope and sequence is systematic and cumulative. Click here to view the Phonics Blitz scope and sequence. Not all students start with Lesson 1 and complete all 50 lessons. There are multiple entry points for the lessons and many students test out of the program after just 15-20 hours of instruction.
Each Phonics Blitz lesson has four parts: Oral Reading, with students periodically charting their own accuracy and fluency rate; Phonemic Awareness skill building activities; Phonics Concepts, taught with engaging manipulatives; and Student Practice with students reading words and sentences out loud, with the teacher providing immediate supportive feedback.
The most effective first step toward implementing our Phonics Suite lessons is assessing your students with our Diagnostic Decoding Surveys. In just 5-7 minutes, these assessments help educators identify which students have decoding deficits impairing their ability to comprehend. Since they can pinpoint an individual’s word-level strengths and weaknesses, the data can be leveraged to determine what types of instruction will have the maximum impact on student success. Our 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, and it offers guidance on how to plan effective and efficient instruction. Learn more and download our complimentary diagnostic assessments>>
Successful reading interventions start with accurate diagnosis and grouping. RGR’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 (from the middle of 1st through 12th grade) according to the type and depth of their decoding difficulties. The same data management system can be used to monitor progress, report and adjust. Learn more and sign up for free access to the Grouping Matrix>>
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 Phonics Blitz or Phonics Boost, our professional development will offer you valuable techniques for helping struggling readers. Book a workshop or see a schedule of workshops, webinars and access our training modules>>