Zip Zoom English. This 3 level print and technology program for K-3 English-language learners is proven to develop and build: Oral language and vocabulary in English Phonemic awareness and phonics Sight word recognition and beginning reading skills. Build Oral Language.
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Speakers of English come to school knowing thousands of words which they will be using to read and spell in order to communicate effectively.
But beginning-level English-language learners need to be taught that same vocabulary before they can participate in phonics and reading instruction. Otherwise they are just “word callers”- decoding but having no comprehension of what they are reading.
Zip Zoom carefully introduces vocabulary necessary for English-language learners and teaches high meaning and high frequency words which will accelerate and facilitate their learning of English.
With this need for formal instruction in vocabulary in mind, each Zip Zoom lesson begins with building oral vocabulary through Read-Aloud trade books followed by a presentation of lesson vocabulary through the Word & Picture Books.
Using the Zip Zoom “Word Buzz” software, the student again receives instruction in the lesson’s key vocabulary.
Here is an example from the level one, lesson three theme, MY FAMILY.
The vocabulary instruction on the software is followed by a comprehension activity to ensure that students have understood the new key words for the lessons.
Once students have received instruction in vocabulary, they will proceed with instruction in Phonemic Awareness and Phonics skills.
Each lesson in Zip Zoom English targets selected letters and sounds.
In class, students participate in teacher lead songs and chants that highlight the targeted sound/letter followed by teacher lead direct instruction on the same sound/letter.
This is done through the Song & Chant Poster Book and audio CD.
The “Alpha Beat” section of the Zip Zoom software presents the same songs and chants learned in class and features additional instruction in some of the same sounds and letters as the instruction received in class.
The “Alpha Beat” section of the Zip Zoom software also contains a comprehension activity based on the targeted letters, sounds and vocabulary covered in the lesson.
Reading…isn’t that why all children come to school? To learn to read?
Well the final lessons in Zip Zoom bring together the vocabulary, phonemic awareness and phonics skills taught in the Zip Zoom lessons to enable students to decode and read short little books called “Critical-Word Readers”.
These little books were designed especially for English-Language Learners and contain carefully controlled vocabulary which includes the use of high meaning and high frequency words which were taught in the Zip Zoom lessons.
Students receive direct instruction in class on the little books as well as in the Zip Zoom software “Book Blast.”
After reading the Critical-Word Readers in the “Book Blast” section of the Zip Zoom software, students work on “Make a Book” to create and personalized their own take home “critical-word reader” to practice the lesson’s high meaning and high frequency words at home.
The Zip Zoom Professional Guides bring together all the components of Zip Zoom English print and technology so that teachers have all they need to successfully implement Zip Zoom English.
Each lesson contains scripted, direct instruction for teachers followed by differentiated practice for each lesson available on the Teacher Resource CD .
Teacher Resource CD
Each Zip Zoom lesson is wrapped up by an assessment which tests the lesson’s targeted oral vocabulary, phonics and reading of high meaning and high frequency words.
Student performance is recorded in the teacher management system.
Teachers receive detailed reports on student performance on assessments and achievement over time.
The Zip Zoom English program includes enrollment in the Scholastic RED online professional development course titled Reading Success for English-Language Learners.
In this new Scholastic RED online course, teachers learn how to adapt instruction, assess progress, and reinforce learning to help every English-Language learner become a successful reader.
In addition to the Scholastic RED course, there are 15 professional development video workshops that stress best practices in English-Language Learner classrooms. These 15 videos can be found on the Teacher Resource CD.
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