What is SRA?
In SRA students continue to strengthen their knowledge of short vowel sounds, long vowel patterns, both initial and final consonant blends, digraphs, prefixes/suffixes, compound words, and multi-syllabic words. The program emphasizes the skill of fluency by offering guided practice for solving unknown words in a quick and strategic manner. Skills taught in this program are presented in a spiral format. That means that your child will wee a particular target skill more than once. This allows for additional practice and continuous support for these target skills. Target skills are assessed through Mastery Tests. These Mastery Tests occur throughout the program and provide teachers with information to guide students' instruction.
What is taught?
• Auditory pronunciation
• Recognition and production of sounds
• Auditory segmenting
• Identifying beginning, ending, and medial sounds
Phonics and Word Analysis
• Sound-symbol relationships with an emphasis on
• Consonant blends
• Vowel sounds
• Letter combinations-Word endings
• Word reading
• Silent-e words
• High-frequency words
• Daily reading of decodable connected text.
• Reading and rereading decodable connected test
• Practice for rate and accuracy
• Charting of daily fluency progress
• Story details
• Cause and effect
• Main idea
• Story grammar/retelling
• Story summarizing
What does a lesson look like?
During a SRA your son/daughter will be engaged in a variety of activities that will afford them the opportunity to practice their decoding skills. A lesson entails (please note, one lesson may extend over several class periods):
• word attack skills - through oral and written work
• group reading of a fiction (or at times non-fiction text)
• individual reading check outs - student reads a section of a passage in a timed fashion
• follow-up activities to target taught skills using written responses
To keep your child moving in the right direction with the core classroom, a lesson may include answering open-ended questions. These questions are related to the passages read in the reading classroom and require higher-order thinking skills by the student.
How can I help my child at home if they are in this program?
A great practice for students in this program is to read out loud to someone. They need to hear themselves read and understand that someone is monitoring their work.
When faced with an unknown word, ask your child to find parts or patterns they are familiar with inside the word. This will help them to 'chunk' the word into manageable pieces.
To enhance your child's understanding of what they have read, ask questions after reading small chunks of the text. If they cannot answer the question without your guided help, prompt your child to go back and reread.