Learning Resources® Introduces Reading Rods® Fluency & Comprehension Kits
New kits take manipulative-based approach to enhancing fluency and comprehension
Vernon Hills, Ill., June 6, 2006 —Learning Resources®, a leading manufacturer of hands-on educational products and teacher resources, announces the availability of its new Reading Rods® Fluency & Comprehension Reading Kits, which are designed to build and reinforce students’ fluency and comprehension skills through engaging hands-on, standards-based activities.
An addition to Learning Resources’ scientifically proven, manipulative-based Reading Rods program, the Fluency & Comprehension Reading Kits were developed to make it easier for teachers to incorporate more fluency and comprehension activities in their reading programs. Independent research in Texas has proven the effectiveness of the Reading Rods program on assessment scores. In fact, first graders who used Reading Rods for nine months improved their reading assessment scores by over 284% (Laird & Shamma, 2004). The Reading Rods Fluency & Comprehension Reading Kits are designed to enable students to succeed on Oral Fluency and Comprehension Assessments now being mandated by states to ensure all students make adequate yearly progress in these areas.
The Reading Rods Fluency & Comprehension Reading Kits, which can be used for guided reading groups, intervention programs and small group activities, use a multi-sensory approach and offer a wide variety of activities to meet students’ individual needs. Students develop their fluency and comprehension skills through repeated and monitored oral reading, audio-assisted reading, silent reading and pre- and post-reading activities. Students will both hear and read the stories in numerous related activities. They also have the opportunity for hands-on interaction as they build phrases and sentences with Reading Rods. Each lesson enables teachers to assess their students’ fluency and comprehension skills.
Two Reading Rods Fluency & Comprehension Reading Kits—one for Grades K–1 and one for Grades 1–2—are currently available. Each kit can be used by up to six students and includes an instruction and activity book, flip book with pre- and post-reading fluency and comprehension activities, six pouches of 48 Reading Rods, six teacher storybooks, 36 student storybooks (same as teacher stories), an audio CD of all stories, and a primary timer with optional 60-second beep cycle for measuring fluency.
Each Reading Rods Fluency & Comprehension Reading Kit retails at $189.95 and can be found at teacher specialty stores and at www.LearningResources.com
About Learning Resources®
Learning Resources is a leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms and of learning toys for the home. For more than 20 years, the company has been a trusted source for educators and parents for quality, award-winning educational products in language, math, science and early childhood. Headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill., Learning Resources markets and distributes its products in over 80 countries around the globe. For more information about Learning Resources, visit www.LearningResources.com