Discrete trials are generally used for special education students on the Autism spectrum. Discrete trials can be modified and used in a general education classroom with similar success.
Students reading significantly below grade level are often lacking basic sight word recognition. The word ring approach is often not successful. The students end up with an overwhelming number of words on their ring and don’t master them. For these few students, discrete trials work!
How to use the packet:
Before you begin discrete trials, you need to assess your student on Fry’s 100 Sight Words. I have included the assessment pages and record sheet in this packet.
Once you have a baseline, pull three sight words from the list that your student has already mastered (knows how to read by sight). Cut these words from the large sight word sheets included in this packet.
Take one word from the list that the student does not know. It would be best to start with the first unknown sight word from the assessment.
Mix that in with the three or more cards. Fill in the data recording sheet.
Start your Discrete Trials:
Vary from having the student find the word and say it, the student read the words to you, and the student recognize when the word is not there.
Do Discrete Trials for 6 successful trial times before the word moves to the mastery list.
I hope this packet helps your struggling students. This is perfect for data keeping and RTI.