Assessment can be a intimidating word, but assessment is essential in providing appropriate instruction for your little learners. By using a beginning literacy assessment with your pre-k or kindergarten students you are able to determine what skills each child has developed and still needs to practice.
This assessment can be completed at various times throughout the school year to help plan your math instruction and to see how your learners are progressing.
I start with the right side of the page before completing the alphabet knowledge assessment side. The right side assesses: sentence segmentation, syllables, rhyming, onset and rime, initial sound, and oral language.
I use the teacher guide to help direct me through assessment, so that I can easily and quickly determine which skills my students know and which we will work on during small or whole group instruction.
For sentence segmentation, the learners use counters or other manipultatives to show how many words are in each sentence. They are asked to clap and count the syllables and determine if words rhyme, as well as, make up new rhyming words.
The learners can show if they are able to blend sounds together and manipulate sounds to create a new word, as well as, as listen to common sounds in different words. This assessment also helps you document if a learner is able to listen and respond appropriate in conversations.
Finally, I use the alphabet pages to assess the learner’s knowledge of alphabet letters and sounds.
Having a quick assessment literacy assessment for pre-k and kindergarten students can help guide your instruction throughout the school year. If you are able to determine that all except 3 students in your class are able to count syllables, but 18 do not know how to produce new rhyming words you can focus on rhyming during whole group instruction while working with those 3 learners in a small group to work on syllables.
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