Edmark functional words--print version

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  1. cindyben2

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    Hi, I bought the Edmark functional word series print version, but it looks like it is set up to use for one student at a time. Has anyone adapted this to a small group of 4-5 students and how did you use the lesson so students could see?
    Thanks, Cindy
     
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  3. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    I'm using this program and I don't see any way of making the actual learning of the word and reading practice a group activity. And believe me, this bummed me out too. lol But - you could do small group with the work sheets and then make flash cards for the words everyone has learned so far and use that for group also.

    I do work stations (centers) during reading time. There's two of them. I have three students doing Edmark Functional. I'll call one up, he'll read for three minutes. I'll give him his worksheet and send him back to his desk. Meanwhile, my other two gals have been sitting at their desk reading books quietly. So far, they've only done about five words. Not really enough to do flashcard review. But once they have ten words, I'll start making the flashcards and while one is reading with me, the other two can sit with my para and do flashcards.

    Uh... hope that helps. Kind of started rambling there. ha

    I LOVE this program though, don't you? We're doing the "signs around you" box right now. My kids are doing really well with it.
     
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    I want this program, but it is so expensive and my boss seems to think it is too high for my students. Yes, for some it is, for some it is not. I would love ideas of where to get this for super cheap!
     
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    Ebay!

    I have found several Edmark sets on Ebay in the past. Just keep checking!
     
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    I typically have a "word of the day" that I do with the kids - we use Edmark FWS.

    I go through book one of one unit (Signs) and then will move to book one of another unit (fast food), etc. then I will repeat and move to book 2 of each.

    We usually talk about the words, discuss what you could do with it/where you could find it, etc. and I will find pics of that item or sign on the internet - show them on the Smartboard, etc. That is how I make it into a group lesson, but this is only after the words have been taught individually. I think Edmark itself was designed to be an individual program, as kids move at different paces and the whole protocol they wrote will really only work individually... but you can definitely make adaptations to do flash card review, group review, etc.

    I put the worksheet activities where you have to match the picture to the word, read the menu, etc. and I laminate them and velcro them for their work stations. They can review previously acquired words this way.

    So, long story short, we review the word of the day (meaning, etc.) at Morning Focus, show pictures/examples, they are reinforced during therapy group (OT and Speech use these words as a part of their lesson focus... i.e. if we are learning hamburger, hot dog, relish, etc. the OT will bring in hot dog tongs and a grill and have the kids pull their hot dogs off the grill, etc.) -- and then the lessons are done individually with the kids during our group work sessions (kids all work on their own IEP goals and I pull them one by one to go through the lessons).
     
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    Not sure about your students' levels sammy, but I have a guy who was using a Dynavox in the 5th grade and barely speaking. Now he's a 7th grader and is totally EXCELLING at this program. At the end of last year, he knew about 40 of his 55 sight words.

    Now if they're using switches to talk... that would be too low for this.
     
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    I have students with switches and some without. I'd say the ones I am thinking of are around the Pre-K level.
     
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    Edmark is totally doable for pre k level.
    Can they match symbols? Letters?
    I am in love with age old Edmark.
     
  10. sammyrams

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    yes they can!
     
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    Then they can read with Edmark!
     
  12. teacher12345

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    sammyrams, check on boardmaker share, there is some level 1 edmark printables and grocery words edmark printables, just search edmark.
     
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    This is a total shot in the dark, since this post is so old. My district just ordered the Edmark Functional Word Series and I'm totally lost for how to implement. Should I use one unit per year? One unit per quarter? Rotate through all units throughout the year?

    GAH
     

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