For students who have not learned letter sounds through typical methods, discrete trials may be the most effective strategy for learning these basic skills. Discrete trials break a skill down into smaller, teachable tasks. Data is collected to determine level of mastery and the next task in the sequence is taught. Data sheets are specifically designed for the skill being taught.
HOW TO USE THIS RESOURCE
• Print the letter-picture prompt cards on cardstock, laminate and cut into cards to use for teaching letter sounds.
• Print the letter-only cards on cardstock, laminate and cut into cards to use for testing letter sounds without picture prompt.
• I use a variety of teaching resources, especially visual/audio presentations and letter sounds put to songs. Several times throughout the day, I play these for students so they are getting the repetition frequently in a preferred learning style.
• Use the discrete trial forms for tracking letter sound accuracy. Instructions for discrete trials included.
• Assess and track your students’ letter sounds progress over time with the Expressive and Receptive forms.