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Reading Crossword Puzzle

Author: Elizabeth Flanagin
Across
To identify and pronounce words
Cueing system concerned with word meanings, conceptual understanding, and vocabulary; does it make sense?
Students read at the same time as the teacher (all together/in unison)
Usually before kindergarten; acquired some concepts from print; knows that signs and labels name products; constructs meaning through oral language
Student-centered activities that help them gain knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of words
The words, pictures, and symbols on objects and places in our environment
To read for the vicarious experience, to explore the work and oneself
Letters said together in which each letter makes a sound (example: bl)
Reading with appropriate phrasing, intonation, speed, pace, and attention to punctuation; the ability to decode a word with relative ease with no hesitation (also referred to as automaticity); reading that reflects the meaning of the text
Letter-sound correspondence in written language
Cueing system concerned with structure; does it sound right?
Down
The ability to hear the sequence of individual sounds in spoken words
Letters come together to make one sound, each letter cannot be heard (example: ch)
Upper elementary; appreciates symbolic language/metaphors; uses a range of strategies; uses dictionary for pronunciation and meaning; beginning to understand text structures of nonfiction
Cueing system concerned with letter/sound correspondence; does it look right?
Typically first, second, third grade; increased vocabulary; can name all letters in random order; uses reading skills and strategies to identify unknown words; can read silently
Upper elementary; independent/resourceful problem solver; sophisticated use of strategies; young adult/adult fiction and nonfiction; interest in speech, persuasion, Reader's Theater, drama
Typically preschool and kindergarten, maybe first grade; exhibits more correct book handling skills; knowledge of concepts of print; recognizes many words, especially names
Part of the word including the vowel and what follows it (example: in the word cat," -at" is this)
Mental pictures and mental organization of the information relative to what you know
Part of the word before the vowel, not all words have these (example: In the word cat, "c" is this)