Week 1: Get placed and eggsplore!
Mission #1: Have your students undertake the Reading Eggs Placement Test
& get them moving along their learning pathway!
Reading Eggs (3 – 7 year olds)
We recommend getting your students to undertake the Reading Eggs Placement Test.
How do I get started?
First time using Reading Eggs? Simply, direct your students to Reading Eggs and they will be prompted to “Do the Reading Test” once logged in.
If you are already using Reading Eggs and wish to reset the placement test; simply login to your teacher account, select the option ‘Manage Lessons’ and select “Reset Placement Test” under ‘Change Progress’.
What is the Reading Eggs Placement Test?
The Reading Eggs placement test consists of 60 questions and contains 5 questions that relate to each map. When a student gets 3 answers incorrect they are placed at the map those questions relate to. We consider this to be a beneficial exercise as it allows your student to be placed correctly on their personal learning pathway.
What are the Reading Eggs “Maps”?
Reading Eggs contains twelve maps jam packed with 120 lessons. Each lesson builds on the previous one to build skills in the five key areas needed to become a good reader: phonemic awareness and phonics, sight words, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. These lessons are set out into three distinct steps:
- Starting out in the zoo – Lessons 1-40
The first step is aimed at 4-6 year olds who have little to no reading skills. If your student is placed in this section then they will be learning their first reading skills. This includes learning the sounds and names of the alphabet letters, reading their first sight words.
- Beginning to read in the playground – Lessons 41-80
If your student is placed in this category or progresses to this step, then they will be developing and improving their skills with a focus on short vowel words and building reading ability. Students will learn many more high frequency sight words, build word families and read another forty books!
- Building confidence at the theme park – Lessons 81-120
The third and final step covers long vowel words. These new phonic patterns are introduced and reinforced so that students can read them fluently and spell them correctly. In these lessons there is an increased focus on reading for meaning, comprehension and understanding longer words and sentences.
Throughout these lessons, students will see suggestions for comprehension, spelling and reading activities based on their progress and ability. This allows for the perfect bridge to help move students into the middle and higher primary resource – Reading Eggspress.
Reading Eggspress by Reading Eggs ( 8 – 13 year olds)
Similar to Reading Eggs, Reading Eggspress gets students to undertake a Reading Eggspress Placement test.
What is the Reading Eggspress Placement Test?
This test consists of 20 questions, and when a student gets 3 answers incorrect they will automatically be assigned to the appropriate level within the Comprehension Gym and will be placed on either lesson 2.1; 3.1; 4.1; 5.1; or 6.1.
What do the Comprehension Gym “Lessons” entail?
The 200 Comprehension Gym lessons cover 5 broad levels equivalent to school grades 2 – 6. With forty lessons per level, all students can be working at their skill level. Each lesson set has 10 interactive comprehension lessons, with 5 nonfiction and 5 fiction text samples. Each lesson has 5 or 6 pre-reading activities that build comprehension strategies, then the student reads the extract, followed by a 16-question comprehension quiz. Students can work through these 10 lessons in any order. Once all lessons are completed, they move to the next lesson set. The set of comprehension questions ultimately assess a students factual, inferential and textual understandings of text.
For teachers …
Don’t forget to explore the additional ‘Teacher Resources’.
Get started by checking out the “Targeting English” series:
The Targeting English series of Student Books, Teaching Guides and Big Books is a comprehensive, integrated scheme for exploring the many ways in which we use English. The series provides comprehensive coverage of the primary English curriculum. Each Targeting English student book contains high-interest fiction and nonfiction text samples. Themed units open with a variety of text samples for students to read. Each text adds something different to the topic and has its own purpose, audience, structure and composition.
Targeting English helps students to:
- Develop a range of comprehension strategies
- Improve their knowledge of grammar and punctuation
- Read and write a wide range of fiction and nonfiction text types
- Explore source texts from literature (classic and contemporary), media and everyday life, e.g books, magazines, brochures, websites, SMS messages, emails and advertisements
- Practise their speaking, viewing and listening skills