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What is ELA Skills Practice and how do I implement it?

Freckle's ELA Skills Practice provides students (grades 1–8) with leveled and scaffolded practice in reading comprehension and language skills across multiple genres.

In the program, students work within one skill at a time. They answer standard-aligned questions that help them practice the target skill. If students demonstrate proficiency in the skill, they continue to build on and develop that skill by answering increasingly difficult questions at higher grade levels. If students struggle on a given skill, they are provided with scaffolded remediation questions that build the sub-skills required to then master the skill.

Teachers can either assign student practice through the Teacher Home (Targeted ELA Skills Practice) or have students practice specific skills independently via the Student Dashboard (Adaptive ELA Skills Practice).

If student accuracy is above a certain threshold, students will gain coins and progress through the given domain. As students progress through each domain of ELA Skills Practice, they can see which skills they have mastered and what they are working on.

English skills a student has mastered, with the next skill they need to practice highlighted.

Is there a pre-test for this product?

The ELA article pre-test is used to find a starting point for ELA Skills Practice. If a student has not taken the ELA article pre-test, they are prompted to take the pre-test before practicing ELA Skills. This level is used to place them at an appropriate starting point for each domain.

Is there reporting for ELA Skills Practice?

Yes, standards-aligned whole-class reports can be found in our ELA Performance by Standard, ELA Report Card, and ELA Class Groups Reports. We are currently working to expand the ELA Levels Report to include individual student skills practice reporting. Administrators can view student progress in ELA Skills Practice on the Growth Report.

How does ELA Skills Practice compare to the ELA Articles & Stories?

In ELA Adaptive Skills Practice for reading, students read shorter snippets of text, with the focus being on homing in on and practicing a specific skill. Students only practice one skill at a time as opposed to answering questions about two different skills. In addition, students receive remediation when they are struggling. This comes in the form of questions that get at the sub-skills that help build up to the broader skill.

For example, a 2nd-grade student might be working on the skill of being able to determine the main idea of a text. If the student is having trouble mastering this skill, the program will provide students with practice on identifying what a section of a text is talking about. If the student continues to struggle, the program will step back and ask students more simple questions about identifying the topic of a text.

Example: ELA Skills Practice (Reading)

A preview of an ELA skills assignment. Each question is on a separate tab; each tab has a reading passage on the left and a question about the passage on the right.

Example: ELA Skills Practice (Language)

A preview of an ELA skills practice question.