The Edmark Reading Program Functional Words Series–Second Edition
teaches 400 functional sight words to students who have a variety of
learning differences. Students with autism spectrum disorder,
developmental delay, intellectual disability, hearing impairment,
reading disability, or learning disability, as well as learners of
English as a second language will benefit. The Functional Words Series
can be implemented as part of a functional living and community skills
program or as a supplement to other reading programs.
The Functional Words Series uses a word recognition method,
involving repeated exposure to target words within a variety of engaging
learning activities. Students learn 100 new words at a moderate pace in
each of four functional areas: Fast food/Restaurant Words, Grocery Words, Job/Word Words, and Signs Around You. The second edition includes new stories, games, word cards, and photo cards.
The program includes the following items:
- Teacher’s Guide—This detailed program guide addresses the
research supporting the program and fully describes the program
components and how to implement them. The Teacher’s Guide also includes
answer keys for the Stories Activities and the Reading and Social Skills
Games lesson plans.
Lesson Plan/Record—This reproducible guide for lesson
planning also provides for continuous progress monitoring for the
individual student. The Lesson Plan/Record is useful in adjusting the
pace of instruction to meet the needs of individual students.
Word Recognition—Two spiral-bound books contain the target
words in order of presentation. Target words are first introduced within
the Word Recognition activity.
Posttests—The Posttests measure retention of each group of 10 words and are included in the Word Recognition books.
Vocabulary Exercises—Vocabulary Exercises reinforce
recognition and understanding of the meaning of the target words through
matching words to illustrations. These 300 reproducible activities are
presented in a variety of formats.
Stories and Stories Activities—Five storybooks containing 50
stories allow students to practice using the newly learned target words
while listening to, reading, and discussing the stories. Character
Illustrations aid in comprehension. Stories Activities provide
pre-reading and post-reading exercises to strengthen comprehension at
the sentence, paragraph, and story level.
Reading and Social Skills Games—Games reinforce the
functional vocabulary and promote generalization by requiring students
to use reading skills in a social setting. Students also develop social
skills and a basic understanding of various game playing procedures. The
Games include a full color game board, playing pieces, and dice.
Photo Cards—100 full color photo cards reinforce vocabulary, comprehension, and extend students’ understanding of the newly learned words.
Word Cards Word List —100 word cards are included in each kit. The lesson numbers are in the upper right corner.
CD-ROM— (CD-ROM Copyright Notice) includes printable files for:
Vocabulary Exercises – 300 reproducible pages per kit
Stories Activities and Character Illustrations
Reading and Social Skills Games lessons and materials
What’s New in the Second Edition:
The addition of Stories and Stories Activities represents a significant enhancement to the Functional Words Series.
Students can experience stories with carefully controlled vocabulary
words used in real-world contexts. The Stories are in a standard
paperback format. Each of the five Stories books contains 10 stories,
one story for every two words taught. Additional sets may be purchased
for use with multiple students. The stories throughout the series
include a common cast of characters, with a few other characters
introduced to facilitate various story lines. Character Illustrations
are included as printable PDFs on the CD-ROM. Students may use the
illustrations of the story characters to follow the various people they
read about and as an aid to comprehending the stories.
The Lesson Plan/Record is revised and expanded to provide simplified
continuous progress monitoring combined with an easy-to-use lesson
planning format. Posttests are included following every 10 words taught
in the Word Recognition books.
Reading and Social Skills Games with student learning objectives
have been added to provide opportunities to practice reading and to
learn word meanings in an interactive context.
Photo Cards, featuring 100 four-color photographs with target words
printed beneath the images, are included in each kit and can be used to
introduce students to each new word. The photos reinforce the target
words in a realistic way and aid in vocabulary development.
Word Cards, feature 100 words taught in the program in a handy playing card format.
- A CD-ROM contains the reproducible Lesson Plan/Record,
Vocabulary Exercises, Stories Activities, Character Illustrations, and
files to use with the games (see Appendix D).
COMPLETE PROGRAM INCLUDES: Teacher’s Guide, 100 Word
Recognition Lessons, one 5-book set of Stories, Board Game, pack of 100
Photo Cards, pack of 100 Word Cards, and a CD-ROM, all in a sturdy
storage box. ©2013
Previous edition #10600
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