Activity for ages 4 to 6.
An important first step in teaching kids how to read is figuring out what they already know. This simple reading assessment makes it easy to see the letter names, sounds and sight words students have mastered so that you can determine what to teach next. It’s the perfect compliment to our Editable Guided Reading Binder!
To prep, I made one set of the record sheets for each student. I printed the four black and white pages front-to-back on regular copy paper and stapled them together.
Then I made one copy of the colorful letter and sight word pages and laminated them for extra durability.
Starting with the red sheet of uppercase letters, I pointed to each square and asked Middle Brother (age 5) to name the letter. If he made a mistake, I simply added an X in the matching spot on the reading assessment sheet.
NOTE: Middle Brother isn’t the type to worry about what I was marking on the sheets but, for those students who are, it would be a good idea to mark the correct answers with an O so that you’re always writing something. It’s a simple trick to prevent them from worrying that they’re making lots of mistakes.
I swapped out the red sheet for the yellow one showing lowercase letters and repeated the same steps, marking any errors as we went along.
Since I also wanted to determine if Middle Brother knew letter sounds, I pulled out the red sheet of uppercase letters again and asked him to name the sound – not the name – this time. For instance, for A he said /a/ like the first sound in the word “apple”.
I tallied the number he named correctly for all three categories and put the alphabet sheets to the side.
Assessing Sight Words
When he made a mistake or didn’t know the word at all, I simply marked it with an X.
And when it became clear that he didn’t recognize any other words on the page, I stopped the test entirely to prevent him from feeling overwhelmed.
We talked about all of the awesome things he’s already learned before wrapping up.
It’s helpful to track student progress throughout the year so I will pull out the same record sheets again and repeat the assessment two more times. It is always exciting to see how much children learn and accomplish as time passes!
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