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  • What are your programs?
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  • Where do I go if I have questions?
    Please send us a message via our website or stop by the Commons during our business hours. We are happy to help. Facebook is not the best place to try and get in touch with us. It is highly likely your post will get buried. Click here to send us a message. https://www.funcationacademy.com/contact
  • What is Spot?
    Spot is the platform that holds our virtual campus. Think of it as Zoom but in 3D. Our Spot is open Monday-Thursday 10:30 am - 3:30 pm Eastern. If you come in after hours, you will see John Travolta. This means we are not open.
  • Do you offer a military discount?
    Yes, we offer a 10% military discount. Please send a message through our Contact Us page with a picture of your military photo ID. Once received, the Billing Department will reach out to you via email so that your discount may be applied.
  • What is on the FunCation Academy campus?
    We have our main building, known as the Commons. The Commons is a place for students to come to hang out with their friends, attend FunClubs, and meet in groups. Our Customer Service team may also be found in the Commons. Our campus also includes the Learning Center. The Learning Center is where students will come to attend Study Hall or a one-on-one coaching session. Our Education team may be found in the Learning Center. You will find our Parent Cafe (for parent socials), Student Activity Center (for student socials), and Auditorium (for workshops and larger gatherings) on the campus as well.
  • Is your program accredited?
    We are not a school. We are a support and service company. Therefore, we are not accredited. Curriculum cannot be accredited. With homeschooling, your home is the school. You are the teacher, principal, and school board. Your home school cannot be accredited. The military, trade schools, community colleges, and most universities accept homeschoolers and do not require accreditation
  • Is there an app for Spot Virtual?
    Yes, Spot Virtual has an app for Windows and Mac. If you are experiencing tech issues, please try downloading the app. App for Windows: App for Mac:
  • What is FunCation Academy?
    As a dedicated academic support and service provider for the homeschooling community, our primary focus is to empower and assist homeschooling families at every stage of their educational journey. We are committed to fostering a robust community for all homeschoolers, offering comprehensive teaching support across ALL curriculums, student guidance, parental assistance, inclusive social activities, valuable resources, and much more. In addition to these offerings, we proudly introduce the FAFlex program, enriching education through flexible, dynamic, and personalized learning opportunities. Our comprehensive approach includes: Video and text lessons to cater to diverse learning preferences. Engaging hands-on learning activities that provide unique educational experiences. Carefully selected and meticulously organized courses to ensure a well-rounded education. Teacher-supported guidance for students throughout their academic endeavors. Live-lab classes to enhance the interactive and practical aspects of learning. Furthermore, our commitment extends to providing access to two professional teaching platforms: Exact Path and Courseware powered by Edmentum. With these resources and the innovative FAFlex program, we strive to make homeschooling an enriching and fulfilling experience for every family.
  • Who is FunCation? What are our curriculum choices?
  • Do you offer a multi-student discount?
    Please send us a message to our Contact Us page, and the Billing Department will reach out to you via email.
  • What are your curriculum choices? How do I decide which one to use?
  • When is the campus open?
    The Commons is open Monday - Thursday from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm Eastern. Study Hall (in the Learning Center) is open Monday - Thursday from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm Eastern. Students may attend Study Hall for a quick question or sit while completing their work without an appointment. One-on-one coaching sessions are by appointment only Monday-Thursday from 12:00 pm -3:00 pm Eastern. Appointments are made in Study Hall. All other buildings on the campus are open only during special events.
  • Where should I ask questions not answered in the FAQ?
    If you have any questions you would like to see answered on the FAQ, please send them to our contact us page. https://www.funcationacademy.com/contact
  • Do the curriculums include audio?
    Yes, all curriculums we offer include audio.
  • What is a 14-day Money Back Guarantee?
    A 14-day money-back guarantee means you will get your money back within the first 14 days of your original subscription if the curriculum is not a good fit. Only the FAFlex program offers a 14-day money-back guarantee. All other programs offer a 10-day trial. The 14-day money-back guarantee begins when your student gains access to the courses in FAFlex. If your subscription payment fails at any time during your original subscription and you reinstate the subscription, the 14-day money-back guarantee does not apply. The 14-day money-back guarantee does not restart on a reinstatement after a failed payment.
  • What is a virtual campus?
    A virtual campus takes the place of a brick-and-mortar building.
  • What grade levels may use Exact Path?
    Exact Path covers grades K-12th.
  • May I see lesson examples?
    Of course! Exact Path grades 6-12
  • Are there any plans to add science and Social Studies to Exact Path?
    We will be offering stand-alone science and Social Studies for Exact Path students through our FAFlex Duo program in January 2024.
  • How does Exact Path meet the needs of my student?
    Exact Path begins with a comprehensive assessment in math, reading, and Language Arts. It begins with questions at the grade level you entered onto the enrollment form. The questions will work up and down in difficulty based on your student's answers. Once the assessment is complete, the system will create a unique learning path to meet your student where they are at.
  • What subjects does Exact Path cover?
    Exact Path covers math, reading, and Language Arts for grades K-12. Science and Social Studies are integrated into the reading lessons.
  • What is FAFlex Duo?
    FAFlex Duo is a course offering utilizing expertly currated lessons and content across multiple curriculums for grades K-12.
  • What courses are offered in FAFlex Duo?
    Currently, we offer Personal Finance and Writing with a Purpose for Intermediate and Advanced students. These students are typically in grades 6-12. In January of 2024, we will be launching English Literature, sciences, and Social Studies for intermediate and advanced students. We will also be launching our K-5 courses. These courses are geared toward novice and beginner learners. Courses offered will be English Literature, sciences, Social Studies, and Writing with a Purpose. We will be adding Math throughout 2024.
  • What is Edmentum?
    "Edmentum is a leading provider of online learning programs designed to drive student achievement for academic and career success." The Edmentum platform offers two curriculums: Exact Path and Courseware. Exact Path (grades K-12) includes assessments and is great for filling in the gaps. We do not suggest Exact Path for students working at grade level. Currently, Exact Path is only available for assessments. You will need to speak with our Education Director if you would like to use it as a gap filler. Courseware (grades 6-12) is an amazing curriculum for middle and high schoolers. Over 300 courses are offered within Courseware. Courseware is used and excepted by all public schools and institutions for higher learning. High school students may earn credits for graduation using Courseware.
  • Edmentum Server Link
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  • Inactivity Pause
    Edmentum has implemented a new feature to minimize the strain on its servers and database. The end goal is to decrease interface issues. The courses for students with inactivity of 15+ days will be placed on hold or paused status until they are ready to begin working again. Students will not lose any work or progress during the pause status. Parents can still view their student’s courses under My Students<Completed section. Students are considered “inactive” if they have not logged on and worked consistently for at least 1 hour within 15 days. You may open your student’s courses when they are ready to begin working again by logging onto your parent account. Click on Courseware<My Students<Completed<three dots next to the course<Uncomplete. If you prefer we open the courses for you, please fill out the Inactivity Unpause form. This form may be found on our member pages (FAPrep, FACore, and Member Access) and our FAQ page.
  • What does the Courseware parent/instructor side look like?
  • Edmentum Courseware Middle School Course Catalog (Grades 6-8)
  • Can Courseware be customized to fit the needs of the student?
    Absolutely yes! All parents receive an instructor account and are able to manipulate courses as they see fit. This makes it very easy to make accommodations for students.
  • Edmentum Courseware High School Course Catalog (Grades 9-12)
  • Istation Reading Cycles HumanEx (Grades 6-8)
    About HumanEx n Middle School Reading, the level of complexity and sophistication of instruction increases. Students are asked to complete comprehension activities that are more abstract, focusing on making inferences and supporting them with textual evidence. Students also begin to delve into analysis of argumentative text structure, nonlinear plot, and more. Word Analysis and Vocabulary begins to shift from being explicitly taught to practiced, building on skills gained from earlier parts of Istation Reading. All lessons are delivered using the experiential learning cycle, allowing for greater student voice, choice, and agency throughout the program. Middle School Reading also includes several features for students to monitor their own learning, including an on-demand dictionary, note-taking capabilities, and more. Subtitles are also available in all Middle School Reading instruction. Middle School Reading also includes three new features that work together to extend the life of the program: Achievements, Endgame Hub, and New Game+. HumanEX is the middle school newest addition to Istation Reading and covers 6 - 8th-grade reading, language, and literacy state standards. HumanEX seamlessly integrates learning into a continuous game-based narrative that empowers and engages students by giving them voice, choice, and agency. The user experience integrates game-based instructional design. Student choice includes branching narratives and on-demand content. The game-based advanced reading curriculum includes: student choice and agency an engaging narrative in a game world immersive environments authentic experiences real-time feedback intrinsic motivation HumanEX Chapter Descriptions Chapter 1 (4 units) Comprehension Skills Main Idea & Supporting Details Paraphrasing Fiction & Nonfiction Texts Summarizing Fiction & Nonfiction Texts Central Idea Metacognition Skills Monitoring Comprehension Annotation/Note-taking Vocabulary Skills Context Clues Word Analysis Skills Spelling Fluency Skills Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 5 Passages & Prompts Chapter 2 (4 units) Comprehension Skills Making Inferences Using Text Evidence Metacognition Skills Monitoring Comprehension Annotation/Note-taking Making Connections Active Listening Vocabulary Skills Context Clues - Syntactic Analysis Word Analysis Skills Verb Tenses Fluency Skills Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 5 Additional Passages & Prompts Additional Chapters Coming Soon!
  • Istation Reading Cycles Timeless Tales Unit Descriptions (Grades 6-8)
    After Cycle 15 is the Istation Reading Middle School Bridge, featuring instruction that is designed to transition learners from elementary to middle school content. Middle School Bridge focuses on high-leverage comprehension skills such as summarizing texts across genres and continues to build students’ word analysis, fluency, and vocabulary skills. Timeless Tales provides interdisciplinary lessons that are data-driven, interactive, and aligned with standards. Units of Timeless Tales include direct and interactive instruction in skills such as sequencing, summarizing, paraphrasing, making inferences, understanding literary symbolism, identifying and analyzing character traits and point of view, and/or analyzing text structures. Every unit provides direct instruction in word analysis and understanding vocabulary in context. Benefits: Over 1800 minutes of interactive content Fully aligned with Common Core and state standards Interdisciplinary approach Passages promote the six pillars of character education, encouraging good citizenship and empowering the hero within every reader. Timeless Tales Unit Descriptions Unit 1: Lesson 1.1A Comprehension Skills: Sequence Summarizing Paraphrasing Self-Selected Reading and Writing 15 Passages Lesson 1.1B Comprehension Skills: Making Inferences Idioms Vocabulary Skills: Context Clues Word Analysis Skills: Spelling Greek and Latin Roots Fluency Skills: Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 3 Additional Passages Unit 2: Lesson 1.1A Comprehension Skills: Plot Elements Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution Self-Selected Reading and Writing 3 Additional Passages Lesson 1.1B Comprehension Skills: Symbolism Making Inferences Vocabulary Skills: Analogy Context Clues Word Analysis Skills: Spelling Root Word Familie Fluency Skills: Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 3 Additional Passages Unit 3: Lesson 1.1A Comprehension Skills: Characterization Antagonist vs. Protagonist Self-Selected Reading and Writing 3 Additional Passages Lesson 1.1B Comprehension Skills: The Hero’s Journey Text Structure Vocabulary Skills: Context Clues Semantic Analysis with Concept Maps Word Analysis Skills: Spelling Syllabication Fluency Skills: Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 3 Additional Passages Unit 4: Lesson 1.1A Comprehension Skills: Nonfiction Text Structures Author’s Purpose Self-Selected Reading and Writing 3 Additional Passages Lesson 1.1B Comprehension Skills: Author’s Purpose Author’s Stylistic Choices Vocabulary Skills: Analogy Context Clues Word Analysis Skills: Spelling Syllabication Fluency Skills: Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 3 Additional Passages
  • Istation Math Units 35-51 (Grades 3-5)
    About Istation Math: 3rd - 5th Grade Students first take the ISIP™ Math assessment to determine individual ability and understanding and are then placed within the program. In Istation Math, students begin each lesson by training in the lab with Weatherby to enhance their math skills. The training provides instructional scaffolding through immediate, specific corrective feedback. The students then practice and perfect their new skills through missions with secret agents Donnie, Angel, and Stix. They work together to defeat villains like Mr. X, Pie Face, and Miss Match. Lessons are rich in research-based content, and best practices guide learners toward a deeper understanding of mathematics. Using the Concrete-Representational-Abstract instructional approach, Istation Math delivers high-quality, effective math instruction. Istation Math addresses five domains: number sense, operations, algebra, geometry, and data and measurement. Within each of these domains are conceptual units of study that explore standards-based topics. Istation Math: Units 35 - 51 Unit Range 35-41 Number Sense Place Value – Standard Form through Thousands Place Value – Expanded Form through Thousands Place Value – Word Form through Thousands Place Value – Standard Form through Millions Place Value – Expanded Form through Millions Place Value – Word Form through Millions Comparing Fractions with Same Denominators Comparing Fractions with Same Numerators Identifying many Equivalent Fractions Determining Equivalent Fractions Fractions Equivalent to One Fractions Equivalent to Whole Numbers Identifying Mixed Numbers on a Number Line Rounding to the Nearest Ten Rounding to the Nearest Hundred Rounding to the Nearest Thousand Rounding with Zeroes Rounding within Tens, Hundreds, Thousands on a Number Line Rounding within Tens, Hundreds, Thousands – Algorithm Operations Multiplying One-Digit Whole Numbers with Concrete Models Multiplying Two-Digit Whole Numbers with Concrete Models Multiplying Whole Numbers with Arrays Properties of Operations – Multiplication Algebra Solving Two-Step Problems with All Operations Using Fact Families to Solve for an Unknown – Multiplication/Division Understanding Arithmetic Patterns in Multiplication Measurement Calculating Elapsed Time Determining a Missing Side Length in a Perimeter Word Problem Geometry Use Attributes to Recognize Quadrilaterals Data Analysis Solving Two-Step Problems Using Bar Graphs Unit Range 42-45 Number Sense Place Value – Word Form of Decimals 0.1 - 0.9 and 0.01 - 0.09 Place Value – Word Form of Decimals 0.10 - 0.90 Place Value – Word Form of decimals – 0.01 - 1.99 Adding Fractions With Like Denominators of 10 or 100 Expressing Equivalent Fractions – Tenths and Hundredths Comparing Fractions – Concrete Models Comparing Fractions with Benchmark Fractions Using Common Denominators to Compare Fractions Add and Convert Fractions with Denominators of 10 and 100 Algebra Solving Multistep Problems with All Operations Geometry Measuring Angles with a Protractor Finding Missing Angles Measurement Solving Measurement Word Problems Involving Conversion of Units Data Analysis Creating and Interpreting Line Plots with Fractional Data Unit Range 46-51 Number Sense Roll-Over Rounding Rounding Decimals on a Number Line Rounding Decimals – Algorithm Comparing Decimals – Concrete Models Comparing Decimals – Tenths and Hundredths Comparing Decimals to Thousandths Comparing Decimals – Abstract Comparing Decimals on a Number Line Multiplying Decimals – Concrete Models Multiplying Decimals by 10 and 100 Dividing Decimals by 10 and 100 Exploring Exponents (Powers of Ten) Multiplying and Dividing Decimals by Powers of Ten Operations Dividing Whole Numbers with Concrete Models Dividing Whole Numbers with an Algorithm Multiplying Whole Numbers by Fractions Less than One Multiplying Whole Numbers by Fractions Greater than One Adding Decimals Subtracting Decimals Add Fractions with Unlike Denominators Subtract Fractions with Unlike Denominators Algebra Writing Expressions from Word Descriptions Interpreting Expressions Evaluating Expressions Comparing Points on a Coordinate Plane Geometry Graphing Points on a Coordinate Plane Measurement Determining the Area of a Rectangle with Fractional Side Lengths Determining the Volume of Irregular Figures Please Note: Istation Math is currently undergoing a major update and redesign. These enhancements will include new content domains. The domain information reflected in this section now will be updated once these new enhancements have been released.
  • Am I able to manipulate the structure of my student's lessons in Istation?
    Istation begins with the ISIP (assessment) in both math and reading. The ISIP will create a unique learning path for your student based on their assessment performance. Teachers (parents) are unable to change a student's learning path. All student accounts come with parent accounts.
  • Istation Writing
    Writing Rules! with Calvin Cool Istation’s writing program, Writing Rules! with Calvin Cool, features lessons using the six traits of good writing as the foundation for building essays in the narrative, expository, and persuasive genres. The lesson instructional cycle includes an introduction, guided practice, and independent practice. The instructional support includes guided organizer checklists, reteach lessons, evaluation forms and rubrics, tiered rubrics, and whiteboard compatible projector pages. Upon logging into the Istation application, students may select Writing from the Products Menu. Next, they may select Paragraph Building or Essay Writing. In Paragraph Building, they are able to pick which of the six traits they would like to practice: Ideas Organization Voice Word Choice Sentence Fluency Conventions In Essay Writing, they can click and begin working on the activities within this section: Personal Narrative Expository Essay
  • How will I know how my student is doing?
    An ISIP is taken at the beginning of every month from a student's start date. Reports are created after every ISIP that shows student performance and growth.
  • Istation Math Units 1-34 (Grades PK-2)
    About Istation Math: PreK - 2nd Grade Donnie and the Decimals are a rock band touring the country and practicing their math skills at each concert stop. Following the ISIP™ Math assessment, students in pre-K through grade 2 are placed into Istation Math to join the rock tour. Lessons rich in research-based content and best practices guide students toward a deeper understanding of mathematics. Each lesson is presented by bandmates Donnie, Stix, and Angel and provides instructional scaffolding through immediate, specific corrective feedback, modeled instruction, and character support. Istation Math addresses five domains: number sense, operations, algebra and algebraic thinking, geometry, and measurement. Within each of these domains are conceptual units of study that explore standards-based topics. Using the Concrete-Representational-Abstract instructional approach, Istation Early Math delivers high-quality, effective math instruction. Istation Math: Units 1 - 34 Unit Range 1–6 Number Sense Rote Counting to 5 Rote Counting to 10 Rote Counting to 20 Cardinality - In a Line Within 5 Cardinality - Within 5 Cardinality - In a Line Within 10 Cardinality - In a Static, Scattered Group Within 10 Procedural - Numeral Formation - 1-5 Operations Introduction - Part-Part-Whole Mat Adding with Part-Part-Whole - Addition Stories Within 5 Algebra Recognizing Simple Repeating Patterns Replicating Simple Repeating Patterns Understanding Attributes of Objects Sorting by One Attribute or Rule Sort by One or Two Attributes or Rules Geometry Identifying Two-Dimensional Shapes (Circles) Identifying Two-Dimensional Shapes (Squares) Identifying Two-Dimensional Shapes (Triangles) Recognizing Two-Dimensional Shapes in the Environment Data Analysis Comparing Data in Picture Graphs (Vertical) Comparing Data in Picture Graphs (Horizontal) Identifying Magnitude (Most/Least) in Picture Graphs Identifying Quantity (Number) in Picture Graphs Unit Range 7-12 Number Sense Rote Counting to 30 Rote Counting to 50 Cardinality - Within 10 Cardinality - In a Static, Scattered Group Within 10 Cardinality - In a Line Within 20 Cardinality - In an Array Within 20 Cardinality - In a Static, Scattered Group Within 20 Procedural - Numeral Formation - 0-10 Operations Adding with Part-Part-Whole - Quantity Pairs to 5 Adding with Part-Part-Whole - Number Pairs to 5 Adding with Part-Part-Whole - Within 10 Adding with Part-Part-Whole - Addition Stories Within 10 Adding with Part-Part-Whole - Preparation for Compensation Algebra Classifying and Counting by Attribute Counting to Answer Questions About Numbers in a Category Geometry Identifying Two-Dimensional Shapes Regardless of Orientation Identifying Two-Dimensional Shapes Regardless of Size Measurement Comparing the Length of Two Objects Comparing the Weight of Two Objects Identifying Coins by Name (Penny, Nickel, Dime) Unit Range 13-18 Number Sense Rote Counting to 100 Skip Counting by 10s Skip Counting by 5s to 50 Skip Counting by 5s to 100 Place Value - Pattern of the Count (Ones Place to 50) Place Value - Pattern of the Count (Ones Place to 100) Identify Fractions (Halves and Fourths) Identify Quantities of Zero to Twenty Operations Subtracting with Whole-Part-Part - Within 10 Subtracting with Whole-Part-Part - Subtraction Stories Within 10 Decomposing Numbers within 10 Algebra Determining the Unknown Whole Number in an Addition Sentence Geometry Identifying Three-Dimensional Shapes Comparing Two-Dimensional Shapes Comparing Three-Dimensional Shapes Measurement Comparing the Height of Two Objects Comparing the Capacity of Two Objects Identifying Coins by Relative Value (Penny, Nickel, Dime) Naming and Finding the Value of Mixed Coins (Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter) Telling Time to the Hour (Analog and Digital) Telling Time to the Half Hour (Analog and Digital) Unit Range 19-24 Number Sense Skip Counting by Twos to 50 Place Value - Pattern of the Count (Tens and Ones Places to 50) Place Value - Pattern of the Count (Tens and Ones Places to 100) Place Value - Pattern of the Count (Decade Numbers that Break the Pattern) Operations Adding with Part-Part-Whole - Within 20 Adding with Part-Part-Whole - Addition Stories Within 20 Subtracting with Whole-Part-Part - Within 20 Subtracting with Whole-Part-Part - Subtraction Stories Within 20 Properties of Operation to Add (Commutative/Associative/Identity Properties) Fact Strategies: Doubles Facts (Within 20) Algebra Determining the Unknown Whole Number in a Subtraction Sentence Geometry Defining Attributes of 2D Shapes Measurement Telling Time to the Hour/Half Hour (Analog and Digital) Comparing Amounts of Money (Coins) Data Analysis Representing and Interpreting Data in Two-Column Graphs Representing and Interpreting Data in Three-Column Graphs Unit Range 30-34 Number Sense Place Value – Standard Form through Hundreds Place Value – Expanded Form through Hundreds Place Value – Word Form through Hundreds Fractions – Identifying Halves, Thirds, and Fourths Fractions – Understanding Equal Shares of Identical Wholes Comparing Whole Numbers with Language and Symbols Comparing Three-Digit Numbers Comparing Three-Digit Numbers with Zeroes Operations Adding Whole Numbers with Regrouping – Concrete Models Subtracting Whole Numbers with Regrouping – Concrete Models Adding Whole Numbers with Regrouping – Partitioning Subtracting Whole Numbers with Regrouping – Partitioning Adding on a Number Line Subtracting on a Number Line Algebra Solving Two-Step Problems with Unknowns at the End Solving Two-Step Problems with Unknowns in Any Position Using Fact Families to Solve for an Unknown – Addition/Subtraction Even and Odd Pairing Even and Odd Equations Addition Arrays Measurement Choosing Linear Measurement Units and Measuring Length in Inches Telling Time to the Nearest Five Minutes Measure to the Nearest Centimeter Data Analysis Creating and Interpreting Picture Graphs Creating and Interpreting Bar Graphs Please Note: Istation Math is currently undergoing a major update and redesign. These enhancements will include new content domains. The domain information reflected in this section now will be updated once these new enhancements have been released.
  • Istation Reading Cycles NexLevel (Grades 6-8)
    About NexLevel The user experience integrates game-based instructional design. Student choice includes branching narratives and on-demand content. The game-based advanced reading curriculum includes: student choice and agency an engaging narrative in a game world immersive environments authentic experiences real-time feedback intrinsic motivation NexLevel Level Descriptions Level 1 Comprehension Skills Characterization (Direct and Indirect) Historical and Cultural Setting Metacognition Skills Monitoring Comprehension Annotation/Note-taking Active Listening Vocabulary Skills Vocabulary in Context Word Analysis Skills Spelling Fluency Skills Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 5 Passages & Prompts Level 2 Comprehension Skills Point of View Perspective/Bias Drama Techniques (Stage Directions and Scripted Dialogue) Direct and Indirect Characterization Theme Metacognition Skills Monitoring Comprehension Annotation/Note-taking Active Listening Vocabulary Skills Vocabulary in Context Word Analysis Skills Spelling Root Words and Word Families Fluency Skills Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 5 Additional Passages & Prompts Level 3 Comprehension Skills argument claim evidence reasoning faulty reasoning features of informational texts features of argumentative texts tone and connotative meaning Metacognition Skills Monitoring Comprehension Annotation/Note-taking Active Listening Vocabulary Skills Vocabulary in Context Word Analysis Skills Spelling Root Words and Word Families Word Building with Affixes Fluency Skills Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 5 Additional Passages & Prompts Level 4 Comprehension Skills Rhetorical Appeals and Devices Ethos Logos Pathos Allusion Juxtaposition Repetition Rhetorical Question Metacognition Skills Monitoring Comprehension Annotation/Note-taking Active Listening Vocabulary Skills Vocabulary in Context Word Analysis Skills Spelling Root Words and Word Families Word Building with Affixes Fluency Skills Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 5 Additional Passages & Prompts Level 5 Comprehension Skills Rhetorical Appeals and Devices Logical Fallacies Generalization Loaded Language Ad Homonym Slippery Slope Straw Man Idioms Argumentative Text Structure Metacognition Skills Monitoring Comprehension Annotation/Note-taking Active Listening Vocabulary Skills Vocabulary in Context Word Analysis Skills Spelling Root Words and Word Families Word Building with Affixes Fluency Skills Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 5 Additional Passages & Prompts Level 6 Comprehension Skills Poetic Techniques (SMILE) Structure and Form Meaning Imagery Language Effect Literary Devices Alliteration Figurative Language Personification Metaphor Hyperbole Metacognition Skills Monitoring Comprehension Annotation/Note-taking Active Listening Vocabulary Skills Vocabulary in Context Word Analysis Skills Spelling Root Words and Word Families Word Building with Affixes Fluency Skills Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 5 Additional Passages & Prompts Level 7 Comprehension Skills Information Literacy Bias Ethics Accuracy Credibility Offline Resources Navigation (of the web) Analogies Digital Citizenship Intellectual Property Online Safety Personally Identifiable Information Cyberbullying Metacognition Skills Monitoring Comprehension Annotation/Note-taking Active Listening Vocabulary Skills Vocabulary in Context Analogies Word Analysis Skills Spelling Root Words and Word Families Word Building with Affixes Fluency Skills: Fluency Practice & Assessment Self-Selected Reading and Writing 5 Additional Passages & Prompts
  • Istation Reading Cycles 0-15 (Grades PK-5)
    About Istation Reading Driven by the results of ISIP™ Assessments and guided by research and frequent skills-based measurements, Istation Reading places students seamlessly into high-interest, interactive, online instruction. Designed to supplement classroom instruction, Istation Reading provides students with intervention, additional practice, and extension activities. Engaging instruction is delivered on a needs-based path for students in pre-K through middle school to ensure that each student’s needs are met. As students progress through Istation Reading, they engage with a variety of texts across genres and with increasing complexity. Struggling students receive reteach lessons, and teachers are given instant Priority Reports to monitor student progress. Each Priority Report directs teachers to specific skills-based, small-group lessons for targeted intervention. Additionally, each instructional cycle contains multiple teacher-directed lessons for further instructional differentiation and support. It is important to note that students are not moved back in the cycles of instruction if their ISIP score drops. The instructional path movement progresses forward as students engage in the lessons in a cycle. Students are also moved into higher cycles as their overall ISIP scores increase. Istation Reading: Cycles 0-15 Foundational Cycles Foundations & Cycles 0-7 focus primarily on building foundational skills necessary to learn to read with fluency and understanding. Purposeful scaffolding provides struggling learners with the support needed for reading success. The foundational cycles of instruction include: Phonological/Phonemic Awareness Alphabetic Principle Phonics Book and Print Awareness Oral Language and Vocabulary Development Comprehension Fluency Developing Reader After Cycle 7, the focus shifts to more sophisticated phonics skills and comprehension strategy lessons that guide students in interacting with text across a variety of genres. At this level, students learn word analysis skills to decode multisyllabic words and vocabulary strategies such as using context to determine the meaning of an unknown word. As learners progress in the curriculum, they expand their vocabulary by building words with affixes and exploring Latin and Greek roots. Content-specific science and social studies vocabulary is also introduced in conjunction with content-area reading instruction in Cycles 12-14. Cycles 8-15 include: Comprehension Word Analysis Fluency Vocabulary Istation Reading Cycle Descriptions Foundations (Pre-K) Alphabet Alphabetic Principle Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Letter Formation Book and Print Awareness (BPA) Embedded Vocabulary Foundations progress through the PA continuum more gradually as skills development increases in sophistication Cycle 0/Pre-Reading: Print Concepts Aural Patterns and Environmental Sounds Onset and Rime Identification of Initial, Medial, and Final Phonemes Isolation of Initial Phoneme Cycle 1 Letters – M, A, P, C Sound/Symbol – M, A, P, C Letter Formation: Mm, Aa, Cc, Pp Short Vowel /a/ Segmentation and Blending of Phonemes Isolation of Initial Phonemes High-Frequency Words – and, the, see, has BPA Reading with Meaning Story Sequencing Character Descriptions Cycle 2 Letters – T, I, S, L Sound/Symbol – T, I, S, L Letter Formation: Tt, Ii, Ss, Ll Short Vowel /i/ Segmentation and Blending of Phonemes Identification of Initial, Medial, and Final Phonemes Cumulative Letter and Sound Review High-Frequency Words – this, is, his, go Read with Meaning Decodable Connected Text Character Analysis Story Setting The Sequence of Story Events Cycle 3 Letters – R, O, N, D Sound/Symbol – R, O, N, D Letter Formation: Rr, Oo, Nn, Dd Short Vowel /o/ Long Vowel Pattern /ai/ Long Vowel Pattern /oa/ Initial Consonant Blends Final Consonant Blends Blending of Sounds to Create Nonsense and Real Words Identification of Initial, Medial, and Final Phonemes Cumulative Letter and Sound Review High-Frequency Words – here, are, you, they “I” and “a” as Words in Connected Text BPA: Punctuation Read with Meaning Reading Comprehension Story Setting Story Characters Cycle 4 Letters – F, E, H, G Sound/Symbol – F, short E, H, G Letter Formation: Ff, Ee, Hh, Gg Short Vowel /e/ Long Vowel Pattern /ee/, /ea/ Consonant Blends High-Frequency Words – my, where, with, to Rapid Letter and Word Naming BPA: Punctuation Read with Meaning Reading Comprehension Cause/Effect Story Structure Setting Characters Sequence Cycle 5 Letters – B, U, J, W Sound/Symbol – B, U, J, W Letter Formation: Bb, Uu, Jj, Ww Short Vowel /u/ Consonant Blends Silent e Long Vowel Pattern a_e Long Vowel Pattern o_e Cumulative Letter and Sound Review High-Frequency Words – what, said, for, her Vocabulary Read with Meaning Reading Comprehension: Cause/Effect Simple Story Structure Setting Characters Sequence Cycle 6 Letters – Z, K, V, Y Sound/Symbol – Z, K, V, Y Letter Formation: Zz, Kk, Vv, Yy Consonant Blends Silent e Long Vowel Pattern i_e Long Vowel Pattern u_e High-Frequency Words – was, that, from, she Rapid Letter and Word Naming Long Vowel Review Cumulative Letter and Sound Review Phonetic Spelling Vocabulary Read with Meaning Reading Comprehension Main Idea and Supporting Details (Nonfiction) Problem/Solution Simple Story Structure Cause/Effect Setting Cycle 7 Letters – Q, X Sound/Symbol – Q, X Letter Formation, Qq, Xx Initial Consonant Blends Soft C Soft G R-Controlled Vowel /ar/ as in far R-Controlled Vowel /ar/ as in share R-Controlled Vowel /or/ Long Vowel Open Syllable /o/, /e/, and y Cumulative Letter and Sound Review Compound Words High-Frequency Words – do, come, there, have, of, some Rapid Letter and Word Naming Vocabulary Read with Meaning Reading Comprehension: Compare/Contrast Characters Setting Sequencing Making Simple Predictions Persuasive Text Characteristics Cycle 8 R-Controlled Vowel /er/ with Spellings er, ir, and ur Long i Long u Auditory Discrimination and Letter Naming Phonogram: -ng Digraph /sh/ Digraph /th/ Compound Words High-Frequency Words – does, your, when, could, give, want Vocabulary Read with Meaning Reading Comprehension Cycle 9 Diphthongs /oi/ and /oy/ Digraphs /ch/ and /tch/ Long Vowel Open Syllable Inflected Endings: -s, -ed as in looked, and -ing Two Vowels Go Walking: ay, oe, ie, ey Variant Vowels: ow as in snow – oi, oy, ol High-Frequency Words – who, goes, put, why, because, thought Rapid Word Naming Multisyllabic Words Read with Meaning Reading Comprehension: Cause/Effect Problem Solution Cycle 10 Digraph: ph Diphthong /ou/ Inflected Endings: -s, -ed as in started and hummed, and -ing Variant Vowels: Words with au, aw, ow as in cow, ou, alk, all, and alt Open Syllable Words Schwa Sound at Beginning of Decodable Words Y as long e, as in baby High-Frequency Words – good, many, their, too, would, look Multisyllabic Words Vocabulary Read with Meaning Reading Comprehension: Character Analysis Using Web Compare/Contrast Sequencing Plot Problem/Solution Cycle 11 Variant Vowels: Words with /oo/ as in zoo, new, suit, glue, and as in foot Phonograms: igh, eigh, and ea for short e Vowel Patterns: ind and ild Inflectional Endings: Change y to i and add -es or –ed. Multisyllabic Words with Cumulative Review Contractions Synonyms and Antonyms Affixes Homophones Read with Meaning Reading Comprehension: Inferencing Main Idea/Details Cause/Effect Sequencing Compare/Contrast Informational Text Characteristics Argumentative Text Characteristics Cycle 11B Genres World with Flint Rockwell Folktales Fables Cycle 12 Comprehension Skills Author's Purpose Cause and Effect Compare and Contrast Drawing Conclusions Inferences Main Idea Predicting Outcomes Representing Text Sequence Summarization Text Structure Vocabulary In Context Structural Analysis Using Affixes Cycle 13 Comprehension Skills Author's Purpose Compare and Contrast Drawing Conclusions Main Idea and Details Predicting Outcomes Problem/Solution Sensory Language Summarization Vocabulary Analogies Context Clues Homophones Multiple Meaning Words Synonyms and Antonyms Word Analysis Complex Word Families Structural Analysis Using Affixes Cycle 14 Comprehension Skills Author's Purpose Compare and Contrast Fact/Opinion Main Idea and Details Predicting Outcomes Sensory Language Summarization Text Structure Vocabulary Analogies Context Clues Idioms Multiple Meaning Words Synonyms and Antonyms Word Analysis Complex Word Families Structural Analysis Using Affixes Cycle 15 Comprehension Skills Author's Purpose Compare and Contrast Drawing Conclusions Main Idea and Details Predicting Outcomes Problem/Solution Summarization Text Structure Vocabulary Analogies Context Clues Multiple Meaning Words Synonyms and Antonyms Word Analysis Complex Word Families Spelling Structural Analysis Using Affixes
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