updated 08:15 am EDT, Mon October 3, 2005
Key Skills for Reading
Sunburst Technology has announced that it is shipping software series for schools. The series targets fundamental reading skills from the "No Child Left Behind" and "Reading First Five Essential Components of Reading Instruction" legislations and provides a comprehensive assessment and management tool for teachers. It is designed for students in grades 1 through 3 to improve their vocabulary as they progress through a series of fun and engaging educational activities--each of which focuses students on a specific skill. Through a Management Tool, the program also enables teachers to target, assess, and remediate the exact skills they need for their students.
Key Skills for Reading: Vocabulary Development supports students' reading
efforts with activities that build their word recognition and word analysis
skills. Students learn to read with greater confidence as they classify
words by purpose and part-of-speech, build knowledge of essential sight
words (using words from the Dolch Sight Words lists), recognize usage
differences in homophones, construct compound words, and build words using
prefixes and suffixes. This program addresses International Reading
Association (IRA) and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
standards for language arts.
It is available in a Mac/Windows hybrid CD-ROM format and includes the
company's exclusive School-to-Home license for teachers to use the software
on home computers for lesson planning or homework. A network version is
available for $700 and is recommended for schools to provide accountability and track their adequate yearly progress (AYP). Lab packs of 10 are $160, while single editions are $60. District purchase plans are also available.