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Reading Eggs Feature Focus: Placement Tests & Individualized Lessons

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 -- Madison Michell

If you’ve spent some time in Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress, you probably already know just how easy it is to get started. Students kick off their learning adventure in our pre-K to 6th grade online literacy program with an optional placement test that helps them begin on an instructionally appropriate level. Then, learning officially commences when students click on their first animated lesson on the interactive map of sequential literacy skills. But, instruction goes a lot deeper than that. Today, we’ll take a look at the functionality that’s in place to ensure your students acquire learning incrementally at a pace that’s just right for them.

Placement Tests

Before the first lesson is ever launched, students are presented with a placement test. They can opt to bypass the test and begin at lesson 1 in either Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress, or take the placement test and advance to a lesson that is more instructionally in tune with their current learning abilities.

When students take the placement test they will be presented with a series of questions that incrementally get harder as the test goes on. Each set of five questions is aligned to the skills covered in each successive map of the program. When a student misses three questions, the test will end, and students will be placed on the correct map to begin working. Aside from leveraging this test at the beginning of each school year, are you aware of some of the other placement capabilities that Reading Eggs offers?

Manually override a placement

Did those little hands get click happy when taking their placement test? We recognize that this is bound to happen, especially in the formative years, so Reading Eggs includes a simple feature to help you adjust your students’ placements in the program.

If you notice students are getting bored and seem unchallenged, or conversely seem frustrated by their current material and need remediation, they’re probably working at the wrong level. When logged in as a teacher, you can manually override their current lesson. Simply navigate to the Lessons area of either Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress in the left navigation and select Manage Lessons. For each student, you should see their current lesson indicated. Simply click the edit button to select a different numerical lesson you’d like your learner to begin instead.

Reset a placement test

Did summer break result in some learning loss for your students? Or, did time get away from you, and it’s just been a little while since they’ve logged in to the program? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then it might be a good time to reset your students’ placement tests.

This process includes similar steps to how you would access the manual override. From the edit area within Manage Lessons, there is an option to ‘Reset Placement Test’ in the dropdown menu. When you reset a placement test, students receive a fresh start in the program to show what they know. After completing the test again, students can then resume their learning journey at a place that better reflects their current skill level.

Individualized Lessons

Depending on what part of the program (Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress) your students are working in, the sequenced set of Stepping Stone or Comprehension lessons represent the core of your students’ online literacy experience. Do you know the ins and outs of how they’re spending their instructional time?

Reading Eggs instruction

In 120 Reading Eggs Stepping Stones lessons, students build foundational phonemic awareness and phonics skills, learn sight words and vocabulary, and begin reading simple sentences. Each lesson represents a specific Lexile® measure and include a series of 8-12 short activities that gradually build literacy skills through ongoing practice and repetition. Each step of the way, previous topics are spiraled in to encourage better long-term memory.

When a lesson is launched, students begin with a short interactive tutorial that introduces a new letter or spelling pattern. From there, students practice initial identification within different contexts and then move into activities that challenge them to classify words or pictures that include that sound or spelling pattern. Every lesson ends with an auto-narrated story that spotlights the new skill.

After each set of 10 lessons is completed, students are given a map quiz to test their comprehensive skill mastery. The map quiz includes 15 questions and requires students to get 11 or more correct before moving on. At any point, students can revisit previous map lessons to reinforce learning.

Reading Eggspress instruction

In 220 Reading Eggspress Comprehension lessons, students will continue to build on their literacy knowledge by developing comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary skills to improve their Lexile® reader measure. Within each lesson, students explore up to 10 activities to make predictions, learn new vocabulary, and practice different comprehension strategies using authentic passages to help prepare them for the focus story that will appear at the end of the lesson.

Comprehension skills such as compare and contrast, determining author’s purpose, and making inferences, to name a few, are spiraled throughout the 220 Comprehension lessons to foster deeper, more conceptual learning. Each map of five lessons is also interconnected by a special fiction or non-fiction text that is served up one chapter at a time. At the completion of the final chapter, students are asked to demonstrate learning by completing a 10 question map assessment on assorted skills.

No matter where your students are practicing, they’ll receive a scaffolded series of tutorials, activities, and quizzes to help them evolve their literacy skills and become proficient readers. Interested in learning more about how you can make the most of your Reading Eggs subscription? Check out our Reading Eggs Back-to-School Checklist for tips and tricks to help you kick off a successful year using the program.