best results we recommend that students use these programs 25
to 30 minutes a session - two to three times a week - for six
to eight weeks in conjunction with other methods of instruction.
usage should be paced to allow students sufficient time between
sessions to absorb the material.
students choose a graphic reward theme. Let them know it is okay
to change this each time they return to the main menu. Start out
with the Tryout section to see where students need the
most reading comprehension help.
students print scores for completing the Tryout section.
Discuss problem areas with students.
students what they read most outside of school. How much do they
read outside of school? Do they use books or go online? What do
they like reading? What web sites do they visit? Have they read
to younger family members? Suggest students read something they
like for an extra 25 minutes a day on weekends.
programs will offer both a Warm-up section and a Workout section. If a Warm-up section is offered, go here first.
The Warm-up section will give students in-depth practice
with individual skills. The Workout section will give students
more difficult practice with mixed skills.
up each software Workout session. Ask students to name
something from software texts that was already familiar to them
before their session. Can they name something they read about
for the first time? What new questions do they have?
Merit with material from social studies, science, and language
arts classes, so students may practice skills in a variety of
up each software session. Ask students to name something from
the software texts that was already familiar to them before their
session. Can they name something they read about for the first
time? What new questions do they have?
students print scores received for completing each software Workout section. Discuss these scores with students. In what areas have
they gotten the most stars? The fewest stars? Are they pleased
with their progress? What seems easier to them? What needs more
students extra credit for completing three-quarters of the units
of a program with the Main Idea done at the 80-100% level.
Suggestions for Enhancement Activities: Merit Software to Curriculum
skills practiced with the software to material in social studies,
science, and language arts classes, so students can apply new
skills to each subject area. Have students write sentences explaining
what they are reading.
at a sample text from an article or book. Ask students to find
key words that tell the main idea. Can they list 3 - 4 details?
Find a fact and/or an opinion? Explain text sequence? What can
they infer from the text?
skills practiced with the software to material in their social
studies, science, and language arts classes, so students can apply
new skills to each subject area. Have students write sentences
explaining what they are reading.
students short texts from their social studies, science, or language
arts classes. Have students work in pairs to create additional
sentences that could be inserted into each text.
students imagine they are making up reading/vocabulary questions
for the Merit program being used. Give students a short text.
Have them work in pairs to create and write their own skill-related
questions and answers.
students to work in small groups to act out what they are reading
for social studies and language arts classes. Ask them to take
turns performing for other groups.
students into small groups for games of charades based on passages
in science class.
students to write a poem based on something they are reading for
social studies class.
Suggestions for Merit Software Follow Through
to the software and let students try Merit's Finals. Discuss
scores with students. In what areas are they making the most progress
since the Tryout section? Still struggling?
students extra credit for completing the Workout and Finals of a program with an average score at the 80-100% level.
up software units with written post-texts.
testing with students. What kind of experiences have they had--encouraging
or discouraging? Do they regard testing as a chancd to practice
or show what they know? Or does testing just evoke anxiety? Return
to the software and let students go on to the Finals section.
students' software results with gains on standardized test scores.
results with students.
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