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The SOS to Encode! Program provides a much-needed resource in the Elementary classroom. The series presents a skills-based approach to improve student phonics skills, decoding, encoding, syllable segmentation, syllable blending, sentence editing, capitalization, and many other skills.
3 Levels of Intensity & Rates of Instruction
SOS to Encode! allows for three levels of instructional intensity and duration. This allows the teacher, parent, or tutor to customize instruction for each class, group, or student. Based on placement test recommendations, students follow one of three plans:
Plan A: The full program allows two days scaffolding each lesson.
Plan B: The full phonics review spends a single day on each lesson.
Place C: The sentence mechanics review.
Part 3 Phonics:
1, 2, & 3 Syllable Words Containing
blends, digraphs (new: ph, ck), ng/nk endings, suffix -ed (/d/, /id/, /t/), Magic E, open syllables, & Vowel Pairs
Progress Tracking & Formative Assessments
Data is collected daily through independent spelling and writing activities. Data from these formative assessments can be recorded either on small-group or individual student data sheets.
This allows for flexibility in analysis and record keeping. There is guidance on each data sheet to support the analysis of data and determination of next steps.
Instructional Framework (Scope & Sequence)
The multi-sensory phonics and encoding strategies ensure highly effective instruction throughout the program. These are very engaging and students love the movement they get every day! Each part of the program includes an Instructional Framework (scope and sequence) with the lesson number, number of words in dictated sentences (increase through the program), words and sentences for dictation, focus phonemes or phonics patterns, and sight words. This serves as an easy reference for teachers to both remind them of the lesson focus and facilitate connections to upcoming lessons.
Common Core Connections in elementary literacy, writing, spelling, speaking, and listening are provided in each part of the program to support lesson planning.
Pre-Made Daily Lesson Plans and Flashcards
Daily lesson plans provide the lesson structure each daily lesson plan, the instructional protocol, phonics focus, sight words, sentences, and words for each lesson. These Pre-Made lesson plans save hours for even experienced teacher! The consistent, fast-paced lesson structure ensures students and teachers both know what to expect. This prevents time from being lost on explaining new techniques and students acting out because of anxiety or boredom!
Consistent Sentence Editing Strategy with Visuals
This program uses a consistent self-monitoring strategy with a mnemonic device (COPS) and visual supports (posters and bookmarks) to build self-regulation during writing and begin to internalize the strategy. As students generalize these skills, the strategy should be supported in Tier 1 writing classes.
Multi-sensory Encoding & Decoding Strategies with Visuals
Decoding strategies and encoding strategies (e.g. Finger tapping phonemes, Table smacking syllables, Table pounding words in sentences, Spelling Aloud, Simultaneous Oral Spelling, etc.) continue the multi-sensory instruction of the program. In each lesson, students tap the table to segment and blend words, pound the table to segment sentences, spell aloud to connect sound to symbol, and spell words (or say phonemes) while writing words to “hit the save button” as many ways possible in each lesson.
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