Incremental Rehearsal
Goal:  To increase fluent identification of names, sounds, and sight words

Objective:  To increase fluent identification of letter names, letter sounds, sight words, etc. for students who have not yet mastered the names or sounds with high rates of automaticity.  This technique facilitates mastery, builds fluency and leads to retention of letter names, sounds, and words for struggling readers. 

 

Materials:  Flashcards with one letter, one digraph, one diphthong, one consonant blend or one word

  • Identify five letters/sounds/words that are unknown to the child and five that the child knows

 

Sequence: 

Begin with a stack of five index cards including four known letters/words and one unknown letter/word.

 

Follow the rehearsal procedure detailed below:

Present the index card with the unknown letter/sound to the student.  Teacher says, “This letter/sound/word is ____.  What letter/sound/word?”  The student repeats the letter/sound/word.  Teacher says, “Yes, ____.” 
Teacher presents known letter/sound/word #1 and says, “what letter/sound/word?”  The student reads the known letter/sound/word #1.
The teacher presents the unknown letter/sound/word and says, “what letter/sound/word?  Student reads the card. 
Teacher presents known letters/sounds/words #1 and #2 and says, “what letter/sound/word?  Student reads the cards.
The teacher presents the unknown letter/sound/word and says, “what letter/sound/word?  Student reads the card. 
Teacher presents known letters/sounds/words #1, #2, and #3 and says, “what letter/sound/word?  Student reads the cards.
The teacher presents the unknown letter/sound/word and says, “what letter/sound/word?  Student reads the card. 
Teacher presents known letters/sounds/words #1, #2,#3, and #4 and says, “what letter/sound/word?  Student reads the cards.
The teacher presents the unknown letter/sound/word and says, “what letter/sound/word?  Student reads the card. 
When the first unknown letter/sound/word becomes a known letter/sound/word, it remains in the stack and the 4th known letter/sound/word is removed. 
Continue the procedure until all five unknown letters/sounds/words have been introduced. 
 

Error Correction: 

Any time the student makes an error, the following procedure is followed:
Teacher says, “that letter/sound/word is ____.  What letter/sound/word?  Student reads the card.  Teacher says, “Yes, ____.”  (Teacher repeats the correct letter/sound/word).  Continue the procedure where you left off. 

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