I Can (Merrill Skills Book A)

I Can (Merrill Skills Book A)

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ISBN: 9780026747257
Grades: 1

Product Description:

Workbooks are designed for use with the Merrill Readers. This workbook offers students extra practice with word recognition, encoding, and comprehension. With over a hundred worksheets, students will work on decoding pattern words, recognizing sight words, writing dictated words, identifying the main idea, drawing conclusions, sequencing events, and more. Instructions for when and how to use is found at the bottom of each page.

Secondary Description:

Page Count: 104

Publisher Description:

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

New Features:

  • Provides extra practice in word recognition and comprehension
  • Now includes Mastery Tests
Category Description for Merrill Readers Skills Books:

Designed for use with the Merrill Readers, these workbooks offer students extra practice with word recognition, encoding, and comprehension. With over a hundred worksheets in each book, students will work on decoding pattern words, recognizing sight words, writing dictated words, identifying the main idea, drawing conclusions, sequencing events, and more. Instructions for when and how to use is found at the bottom of each page.




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
1
ISBN
9780026747257
Binding
Softcover
Language
English
EHS Title
Merrill Reading Program Series
Ages
6+
Audience
Elementary/High School
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Merrill
Weight
0.45 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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Great price! Great for beginning reading with only practice with short a sound.
Shani I on Jul 4, 2019
I think it will help a student in my class.
Cynthia S on Oct 30, 2018
Great price! Great for beginning reading with only practice with short a sound.
Shani I on Jul 4, 2019
My son's speech therapist recommended
Laura A on Dec 19, 2018
I think it will help a student in my class.
Cynthia S on Oct 30, 2018
To help a five-year-old learn to read who has extreme speech delays.
Samuel K on Aug 15, 2018
I chose this to go with the I Can Merrill Reader
Lana B on Aug 14, 2017
Used in classroom by teacher
Leslie P on Dec 14, 2016
I am a classroom teacher. This is a great series to use with children that are having difficulty reading.
Susan C on Sep 28, 2016
It helps students with Dyslexia.
Anna L on Feb 25, 2016
My son's speech therapist recommended
Laura A on Dec 19, 2018
To help a five-year-old learn to read who has extreme speech delays.
Samuel K on Aug 15, 2018
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Paper is a bit too thin
I like the content of this skills book but the paper is much too thin for the price of the book - like very thin newspaper. My student is somewhat distracted by the print that shows through from the other side. I would expect that from a cheaper workbook but this one is quite pricey so it should have been made with a higher quality of paper. Other than that, the activities are appropriate and match the lessons learned in the Merrill reader.
October 3, 2019
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