Dig In (Merrill Reader B)

Dig In (Merrill Reader B)

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Item #: 026308
ISBN: 9780026747073
Grades: PK-3

Product Description:

Written with emerging readers in mind,thistext concentrates on certain sounds to provide repetitive practice in specific phonics skills. This book is also controlled for sight words and spelling patterns, introducing all sight words at the front of each story and offering words lists organized by spelling pattern for each.

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Page Count: 80

Publisher Description:

Used in place of traditional reading programs to give at-risk readers the appropriate kinds of structure, pacing, and practice.

  • Gives children the high frequency decoding and word practice they need to become fluent
  • Uses carefully introduced words that are grouped according to their sound and spelling patterns
  • Utilizes high interest stories with controlled vocabulary to provide decoding and high-frequency practice
Category Description for Merrill Readers:

These decodable texts correspond to the Preventing Academic Failure program, but they can be used to supplement any reading curriculum. Written with emerging readers in mind, each text concentrates on certain sounds to provide repetitive practice in specific phonics skills. These books are also controlled for sight words and spelling patterns, introducing all sight words at the front of each story and offering words lists organized by spelling pattern for each.




At the heart of this multisensory Orton-Gillingham method program is the Preventing Academic Failure (PAF) Teacher's Manual. This manual contains the methodology and framework for the entire program, integrating reading, spelling and handwriting instruction. This review will concentrate primarily on the manual itself and on the phonics and spelling components of the program since more specific reviews of the reading component (see Merrill Readers below) and handwriting component (see PAF Handwriting Program in handwriting section) are contained elsewhere in our catalog.

The program is based on the premise that language learning must be simple to complex (phonics-based). Children should learn individual letter sounds, building syllables, words and sentences as they progress. The program uses a multisensory approach to accomplish this. Students learn to recognize graphic symbols for letters and sounds (visual), differentiate and duplicate sounds (auditory and vocal), and write symbols to produce sounds and words (kinesthetic). Children are explicitly taught phonics which is then reinforced in reading, spelling, handwriting and grammar. Instruction is organized and systematic with plenty of practice and reinforcement.

This is much more than phonetic instruction as it addresses all components of language structure: phonograms, sight words, spelling rules, syllabication and grammatical concepts. There are 215 levels (or lessons) in the program.

Reproducible forms corresponding to the outline above are contained in the manual for you to fill in with each lesson, based on the specific skill to be introduced for the day. This actually amounts to just transcription, as you are provided with all of the nuts and bolts elsewhere in the manual. First, each phase of the lesson is thoroughly described, leaving you with little doubt as to how to conduct lessons. There is even a long section on Handwriting Techniques that gives you all of the teacher help you'll need to incorporate the PAF Handwriting program into your daily language lesson. A Curriculum Sequence then shows in detail the integration of the phonics and reading components including PAF Handwriting, Ready to Read or Stepping Up pages, and Merrill readers and Skills books, and Explode the Code pages. (Please note that we do not carry the Teacher Editions of the Merrill Skills books, due to a reluctance on the publisher's part to provide these. However, we feel that this should not disclude their use, since answers are readily discernable.) The Teacher Lists of Words provides corresponding word lists for spelling and reading. Both of these resources show level by level (lesson by lesson) what you need to cover, making your job a piece of cake. Reproducible lesson plan forms and reinforcement sheets are included towards the back of the book. An Assessment section comes next, containing tools and tips for gauging student success. This includes 15 proficiency tests (Curriculum Sequence specifies when to give these). At the end of the manual are various lists including a list of charts needed for display at various level ranges, lists of required and supplementary materials, and a list of sight words taught in the program. Charts, lesson plan forms, a list of read-aloud books and a placement test can be downloaded for free at www.PAFprogram.com/downloads/index.html.

Review cards coordinating with the PAF Handbook (i.e. Teacher's Manual) and program. Cards are 5" x 8." Letters are oriented vertically; vowel-based phonograms are on coral colored cardstock; suffixes, sight words (printed in red), and homonyms (yellow cardstock) are oriented horizontally. Each card is labeled with the Level in which it is presented.

This is a very thorough, complete and sound phonics-based language program which requires very little advance knowledge or preparation on the part of the teacher. It uses solid time-tested materials for instruction, including Explode the Code and Merrill Reading. It integrates phonics, reading, handwriting, spelling and grammar. The cost is reasonable. It can be used for three years (K-3) of phonics/reading/spelling instruction, or used as a remedial program for older students. Teacher's Manual most recently revised in 2007.




Category Description for Complete Programs - Phonics:

Programs in this section go beyond teaching children how to read, incorporating phonetic readers, spelling and writing as well. Arranged roughly by grade/age.


Primary Subject
Reading/Literature
Grade Start
PK
Grade End
3
ISBN
9780026747073
Binding
Softcover
Edition
Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.
Language
English
EHS Title
Merrill Reading Program Series
Ages
6+
Audience
Elementary/High School
Format
Hardcover Book
Brand Name
Merrill
Weight
0.35 (lbs.)
Dimensions
9.25" x 7.0" x 0.5"
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Goes with PAF word study and spelling program
Ellen E on Jan 4, 2018
Excellent reading program!
Karen U on Jun 21, 2017
Goes with PAF word study and spelling program
Ellen E on Jan 4, 2018
Same as above
patricia m on Aug 27, 2017
Excellent reading program!
Karen U on Jun 21, 2017
to help kids learn to read
Madeline M on Nov 30, 2016
The Merrill Readers are a great way to teach reading to your young child!
Allene P on Sep 16, 2016
Recommended by Dianne Craft.
Schonna D on Jul 12, 2016
Only place I can find these readers.
Bethany S on May 12, 2016
for a teacher
Christine C on Apr 1, 2016
I use it for tutoring struggling readers. It has fewer sight words and no distracting pictures so the children get phonetic practice.
Jennifer C on Feb 9, 2016
Same as above
patricia m on Aug 27, 2017
to help kids learn to read
Madeline M on Nov 30, 2016
What sounds is this book focused on?
A shopper on Jan 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Short vowels and consonants - CVC words.
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