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Key Skills for Reading: Vocabulary Development

Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Key Skills for Reading: Vocabulary Development

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***** REPORT CARD

Installation       A
Content/Features   A
Ease of Use        A
Product Support    A

Company: Sunburst Technology, 1550 Executive Drive, Elgin, IL 60123, Phone: 888/492-8817; Internet: http://www.sunburst.com/.

Price: $60--single copy; $160--lab pack of 10; $700--unlimited site use.

Audience: Grades 1-3.

Format: Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM.

Minimum System Requirements:

Windows: Pentium 166 MHz processor, 32 MB RAM, Windows 98/ 2000/XP, 4x CD-ROM drive, sound card, 800x600 color monitor with 256 colors

Macintosh: 266 MHz PowerPC processor, 10 MB RAM, Macintosh OS 9.2/10.2/10.3, 4x CD-ROM drive, 800x600 color monitor with 256 colors.

Description: Key Skills for Reading: Vocabulary Development is a multimedia program designed to reinforce reading skills and help develop reading vocabulary. The activities include selecting sight words, creating compound words, adding prefixes and suffixes, learning about homophones, and sorting words into categories by definition or use

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: The program is easily loaded onto the computer by inserting the CD and selecting "Install." I had a Key Skills program already loaded on my machine and the new Key Skills program automatically combined with the previously installed activities to create an even more complex variety of games and exercises. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Key Skills for Reading: Vocabulary Development brings a little fun into the exercise of learning and building a larger vocabulary.

Students log in with their name; all participation is scored and recorded for teacher evaluation.

Teachers can access a password-protected management tool by opening a separate area in the Key Skills folder. Here, educators can enter the names of students, assign activities to specific students or the entire class, and generate reports for a class or a student.

Skills are organized in a tree structure so that specific standards can be addressed. This allows teachers to challenge some students and keep the exercises easier for others. Each of these features makes monitoring student work painless.

The program offers five activities for vocabulary skills, most having more than one level of difficulty. Each includes choices of How to Play, Sound On/Off, Print, and Back. User directions are written out for students.

The Building Site activity asks students to select the correct word to complete a sentence. This category includes three work levels. As correct choices are made, a picture is created. If an incorrect answer is selected, the screen goes a little dark and students are asked to pick a different word. …

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