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Phonic Elements

By: Reading Rockets
An informal assessment of phonic elements, including what the assessment measures, when is should be assessed, examples of questions, and the age or grade at which the assessment should be mastered.

All assessments should be given one-on-one.

What it measures

Phonic elements at a given grade level.

When should it be assessed?

Phonic elemements should be assessed several times throughout the year in grades one through three to help guide instruction.

Examples of assessment questions

  • What sound do the letters 's' 'h' make? (Correct response: /sh/)
  • How can I turn 'cap' into 'cape?' (Correct response: Add an 'e' to the end of the word.

Age or grade typically mastered

Students should be expected to master age-appropriate material.

Reading Rockets (2004)

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