What skills does LiteracyPlanet cover?

PreReading: Targeting ages 3-5, PreReading is colourful and highly interactive.

It covers the following three areas ʻVisual Skillsʼ, ʻSequencingʼ and ʻLearning the Alphabetʼ.

Each of these areas includes interactive tutorials to introduce key concepts and numerous exercises to test studentsʼ knowledge and application. ʻVisual Skillsʼ includes visually distinguishing differences and similarities, exploring concepts of directionality and identifying sizes, pairs and missing parts. ʻSequencingʼ features the following skills: matching symbols, positional language, sequencing events and letter matching. Whereas, ʻLearning the Alphabetʼ deals exclusively with learning letter names not sounds. The concept of vowels and upper and lower case letters is also explored, and an opportunity for revision is available at the end of the ʻLearning the Alphabetʼ section. 

Phonics: The Phonics content in LiteracyPlanet incorporates both an analytic and a synthetic phonics approach to target the early primary years.

Twelve key steps to reading acquisition are followed:

Phonemic Awareness

Blending

Basic Sight Vocabulary

Double Letter Sounds

Long Vowel Rules

Soft ʻcʼ and ʻgʼ

Complex Double Letter Sounds (Diphthongs)

Vowel Sounds with ʻrʼ

Silent Letters  

Each new letter sound correspondence is introduced via a tutorial, and is followed by interactive exercises used to test studentsʼ understanding and application.  

Sight Words: Sight words constitute two-thirds of all vocabulary in early reading and about half of all adult reading material. LiteracyPlanetʼs Sight Word section features two categories of words, ʻCommon Sight Wordsʼ and ʻMore Sight Wordsʼ. The 720 words listed under ʻCommon Sight Wordsʼ include the 220 Dolch Words and other commonly occurring words in childrenʼs literature. 

The section titled, ʻMore Sight Wordsʼ, was compiled by Macquarie Universityʼs Department of Cognitive Science as part of an extended study into sight word acquisition. More than 1,400 words are covered by these two categories, with lists being arranged into 8- word, 14-word, and 24-word grids. On successful completion of each sight word list, a surprise image is revealed featuring beautifully photographed animals and landscapes.

Spelling: LiteracyPlanet offers a variety of spelling categories, including ʻPhonemic Wordsʼ, ʻHigh Frequency Wordsʼ, ʻIrregular Wordsʼ, ʻMisspelt Wordsʼ, ʻExtension Wordsʼ and ʻWord Family Listsʼ catering for years Prep/Foundation to Year 8. The latter spelling lists are predominately made up of phonemic word grouping, word family groupings, prefix and suffix groupings, conventional spelling (for example, ie/ies rule) and etymological groupings.

Students are able to click on the sentence speaker, in the toolbar, to hear the word used in a sentence. There are fourteen spelling games to help students identify, familiarise and learn their spelling words in a fun and engaging manner.

Teachers can also create custom spelling lists for their students. The Spelling section is also available in the free LiteracyPlanet tablet App, which can be used by all subscribers.  

Reading: LiteracyPlanetʼs ʻReadingʼ section provides students with a range of levelled extracts based on the following eight categories: Creatures, Disasters, Discoveries, Mysteries, People, Bizarre, Sport and Miscellaneous. With over 400 extracts, there is something to please even the most reluctant reader.

Students can select either ʻFluency Modeʼ or ʻReading Modeʼ. Fluency Mode records the words read per minute as students’ progress through the activity. Additionally, students can click on any unfamiliar words to hear them. These unfamiliar words are highlighted and voiced when the extract is played back at the recorded fluency rate and the words are displayed in the teacher report. Reading Mode allows students to read the text independently. Both the ʻFluency Modeʼ and ʻReading Modeʼ feature four multiple choice questions to ensure that students have read the extract.

Comprehension: LiteracyPlanetʼs ʻComprehensionʼ section features hundreds of fiction and non-fiction extracts, covering a range of genres. These extracts are levelled using seven internationally recognised reading schemas: Reading Recovery; Fountas and Pinnell; PM; Developmental Reading Age (DRA); Rigby; Lexile and Wings. Students can select from eight categories: Creatures, Disasters, Discoveries, Mysteries, People, Bizarre, Sport and Miscellaneous.

The questions that follow each extract target three key comprehension skills: literal, inferential, and metacognitive. These skills are targeted using twelve strategies for reading processing: Main Idea, Facts and Details, Sequencing, Cause and Effect, Comparing and Contrasting, Predicting, Words in Context, Conclusions and Inferences, Fact and Opinion, Authorʼs Purpose, Figurative Language, and Summarising.

Grammar: LiteracyPlanetʼs ʻGrammarʼ section combines a traditional and functional approach. With over 500 exercises, the grammar content covers the early primary years to senior schooling. Key concepts covered include: parts of speech, vocabulary, phrases, clauses, types of sentences, punctuation, and proof reading and editing. Students have the assistance of a grammar tip and examples, which are located in the tool bar. Parents and teachers can be confident knowing that their students are receiving a personalised teaching and learning experience every time they interact and engage in LiteracyPlanetʼs grammar exercises. Students are given direct feedback to enhance their understanding and consolidate their learning.

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