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As we approach the 2020-2021 school year, administrators, educators and parents are planning for multiple scenarios for providing instruction each day. Will students attend school in-person? Will all learning take place remotely? Will instruction be a hybrid model with both in-person and remote learning? The only thing we do know is that next school year will bring new learning opportunities for us all. However, as uncertain as we may be, we know we must be prepared to provide students with the best possible education – no matter what the platform. Phonemic awareness is a foundational reading skill and a critical component of literacy instruction. While it would be ideal to implement the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lessons in person, we realize that there is a very real possibility remote learning will be a part of classroom instruction next school year.

Heggerty COVID-19 YouTube Playlist

During the school closures of this past spring, we provided online resources for teachers and parents. The list below provides an outline of the different levels of our curriculum and the week of lesson demonstrations available. These can be accessed through our YouTube channel. The playlist includes at-home learning videos to be shared with parents in both English and Spanish, lesson demonstrations for English PreK, Kindergarten and Primary and two full weeks of recorded lessons. The channel also includes Spanish sample lessons and one full week of Spanish PreK, Kindergarten and Primary recorded lessons.

 

  • PreK – Weeks 12 and 26
  • Kindergarten – Weeks 21 and 26
  • Primary – Weeks 21 and 25
  • PreK (Spanish) – Week 15
  • Kindergarten (Spanish) – Week 15
  • Primary (Spanish) – Week 13
In addition to the resources already provided, we are also sharing some additional resources, tips, and considerations should you need to plan for remote learning this upcoming school year.

Heggerty Lesson Videos

The first resource we are making available is daily, recorded lessons for all 35 week of the curriculum (coming in August). We understand that this year classroom instruction may include recorded lessons, engaging in virtual class meetings and possibly even small group or 1-1 meetings. This resource was created to lighten the load for teachers while still ensuring students receive effective instruction in phonemic awareness.
  • Available for Pre-K, Kindergarten and Primary curricula in English and Kindergarten curriculum in Spanish
  • Available by subscription only and lasts for the full academic year
  • Weekly video lessons can be shared in your remote learning lessons plans and students can participate in the activities provided in each video
  • Subscriptions are per teacher: $7.99 per month or $79.99 for the school year

Recording Lessons for your Students

Another option is to record the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lessons for your students. We know students love to see and hear their teacher when they are away from the classroom and the phonemic awareness lessons can be part of those connection opportunities with your students. If you will be recording videos for your students (yes, we give you permission to record for the purpose remote learning (wink face) we have provided tips for recording below:

 

1.  Setting up your recording

Lesson videos on our YouTube channel provide an example of how a lesson would be taught in a recorded video. When preparing to record your Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lessons, be in close proximity to your screen. This will allow students to hear you clearly and provide a visual model for the way we articulate sounds.

 

lesson camera framing

Additionally, you will want to make sure your hand motions are seen by your learners in a left to right progression. We want students to see the sounds in the same manner they will map print. This may require you to adjust settings on your virtual platform recording device.

2.  Lesson format

After you hit record, begin teaching the lesson as if you were in your    classroom with your learners.

  • Use the same language and teach every component of the daily lesson plan.
  • When providing instruction, provide the correct answer for students. This will allow them to confirm they were correct or, if they were incorrect, hear the correct answer.
  • Teacher says word/word part/sounds, pauses for 2-3 seconds, and then provides the correct answer.

 

Example for blending sounds: T: m – ee- t; ask students to repeat the sounds; pause 2-3 seconds T: m – ee – t, meet

 

Example for error correction:

When segmenting words with consonant blends, students often keep the two sounds of the blend together. They may segment the word flip into only 3 sounds: /fl – i – p/. When recording, provide automatic error correction for some of these more difficult tasks. After pausing and providing the correct answer, the teacher can say: “That was a tricky word. Watch me segment the word flip , /f – l – i – p/. Flip has 4 sounds, /f – l – i – p/. You try it: flip, (segment and say the sounds so students can say it with the recording). When we segment phonemes, we want to listen for all of the sounds we hear in the word.”

 

3.  Teacher modeling for new skills or concepts

The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lessons follow the phonological awareness continuum. All of our lessons begin with compound words, then move to syllables, onset-rime and then phonemes. If you encounter one of these transitions during remote learning, we suggest providing a model for students first following an I Do, You Do format. Explicitly tell students the units of language you will be working with and model the tasks for the first lesson of the week.

 

For example:

“We have been blending 2 small words to make compound words. Today, we are going to blend syllables. A syllable is a part of a word that has a vowel sound in it. We are going to blend syllables together to make words. Watch me. When I blend the 2 syllables nap – kin, the word is napkin.”

4.  Pacing

A challenge with recording lessons is that students are not going to receive live interaction and feedback. It is best to keep recorded lessons short, around 8-10 minutes in length. A shorter time frame will help keep students focused and engaged. To keep the pace quick and the lesson short, consider using only 5 words for each of the PA skills, rather than the 8-10 words listed for many of the skills in the Kindergarten and Primary curricula.

Virtual Classroom Live Lessons

If you plan to use the lessons during your live teaching in a virtual classroom, you will find many of the tips listed above can also apply to this type of instruction. A few additional helpful tips are listed below:

 

  • Utilize small groups when possible. If you have the option to use breakout rooms (available in Zoom), this can provide the opportunity for individual or partner responses within the lesson instruction.

 

  • When working with a whole group of students, unmute a small portion of students when possible so that you can hear their responses spoken aloud.
  • Ask for visual responses: Phonemic awareness lessons are oral and auditory, and in a virtual classroom, students can use colored tiles, paper, or chips to represent the sounds they hear.
  • Teachers can send Elkonin boxes home with students and students can point to the place they hear the sound. This is “phoneme location” and can be used when working with Onset Fluency and Isolating Final or Medial sounds in words.
  • Ask students to use their fingers to show the number of parts or sounds they hear when segmenting words
  • Students show thumbs up and thumbs down for rhyme recognition activities or when listening to a series of words that have the same or different initial, medial, or final sounds.

 

As teachers meet the new learning methods of this new school year, we are honored to be part of your classroom instruction. Phonemic awareness lessons are engaging and fun, and, no matter how the lessons are delivered, they continue to have a powerful impact on your students’ development as readers.

 

Please reach out to our literacy specialists with any questions at pd@heggerty.org

Comments

  1. STACEY GIEBLER 3:27 pm on July 15, 2020

    Thank you so, so much for this resource!

    • Marjorie Bottari 1:07 pm on July 20, 2020

      You are so welcome, Stacey!

  2. Melissa Hernandez 12:27 pm on July 18, 2020

    Are we still able to access the vowel teams cards for download? I can’t seem to find them and would like to be able to cut and paste them into a slide deck for small group work.
    Thank you.

    • Marjorie Bottari 1:06 pm on July 20, 2020

      Hello Melissa,
      The letter cards we previously had available were teacher created and used clip art and other images that may not have been licenced for our use. In addition to the images, there were some guide words we wanted to change. We have taken the letter cards down to review the images and guide words. We do plan have ABC cards available for download in the future!

  3. Sylvia Vincello 7:19 am on July 19, 2020

    Distance Learning support is great news for this K/1 DL teacher.

    • Andrew Follett 6:52 am on July 20, 2020

      Glad we can help Sylvia!

  4. Christina Henderson 11:00 am on July 19, 2020

    If my district already purchased Heggerty books, do I get access to all the resources?

    • Andrew Follett 7:08 am on July 20, 2020

      Hi Christina! We are planning to offer a significant discount on the lesson videos once they are released next month to customers who have already purchased the curricula. Otherwise, the price for access is as listed whether you have purchased the books or not. I’m truly sorry if that means these new products are not an option for you and your students. We have spent significant time, money, and resources developing these products (and will spend even more maintaining and supporting them) and we have tried to price them as fairly as possible for customers realizing that remote learning was not something any of us were planning on last year or for the school year ahead.

      • Nancy A Ocampo 10:54 am on July 27, 2020

        Are you going to have the lessons in English and in Spanish? And if I buy for a month do I have access to both?

  5. Olive Josuweit 4:07 pm on July 19, 2020

    What an amazing resource! Thanks!

    • Andrew Follett 6:49 am on July 20, 2020

      You’re welcome Olive!

  6. teresa 11:20 pm on July 20, 2020

    What are your thoughts on using the Heggerty assessments during distance learning?

    • Alisa VanHekken 11:45 am on July 29, 2020

      The assessments can be used remotely. We revised the assessments to include 5 words instead of 10, so that they are easier to administer. The assessments are not required for all students, but rather can be used to monitor student progress with the skills. I would suggest using the assessments with a select group of learners.

  7. Gursharan Kaur 6:43 pm on July 26, 2020

    My site is interested in purchasing the video lessons for Kinder and First Grade. How can I start the process? When will these lesson be available?

    • Kemi Adeodu 2:05 pm on July 30, 2020

      Hi Gursharan! Thank you for your question. If your school or district is interested in purchasing the Kindergarten and Primary video lessons, please email PD@heggerty.org and we will help you get the process started. Thank you!

  8. Angela 7:20 pm on July 26, 2020

    I would love to purchase the daily videos! They are excellent and having this resource will free up my energy for other things. When will they be available? LAUSD begins on August 18th.

  9. Diana 8:08 pm on July 31, 2020

    I am so excited about these videos! Is there a release date? My school starts in one week.

    • Alisa VanHekken 4:51 am on August 3, 2020

      We plan to release the daily lesson videos in mid to late-August.

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