Fox in a Box
Learning Benchmarks



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Learning Benchmarks

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Fluency
  • Listening and Writing

  • PHONEMIC AWARENESS

    Rhyme Generation measures the child's ability to distinguish sound as distinct from the meaning of language. 
  • Mystery Letter Rhyming / Initial Sounds (Kindergarten, Level 1)

  • Syllable Clapping assesses the child's ability to break a word into the sound of its parts. 
  • Syllable Count - Chin Fingers (Kindergarten, Level 1)
  • Syllable Counting with Stop Signs (Kindergarten, Level 1)

  • Initial Consonants assesses the child's ability to hear and distinguish the sounds that begin words.
  • Mystery Letter Rhyming / Initial Sounds (Kindergarten, Level 1)

  • Blending, or combining separate sounds to make a word, in an essential prerequisite skill for decoding.
  • Sliding Vowels (Grades K - 1)
  • Sound it out (Grades K-3)

  • Segmenting, or identifying the separate sounds in a word, is an essential prerequisite skill for decoding while reading and writing.
  • Syllable Counting with Stop Signs (Kindergarten, Level 2)

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    PHONICS

    Alphabet Recognition assesses the child's ability to name uppercase letters, give the names and sounds of lowercase letters and name the five vowels.
  • Musical Alphabet (Kindergarten Levels 1 - 2)
  • Sound it out (Grades 1-3)

  • Alphabet Writing assesses the child's ability to write uppercase and lowercase letters from dictation.
  • ABC Writing with Clay (Kindergarten Levels 1 - 2)
  • Letter Reversals (Kindergarten-1)

  • Spelling assesses the child's ability to recognize and apply common spelling conventions.
  • Word Ladders (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Brain Cameras (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Spelling Basketball (Grade 2)
  • Spelling Detective 1 (Grade 3)
  • Spelling Detective 2 (Grade 3)
  • Three in a Row (Grade 3)

  • Decoding assesses the child's ability to use correspondence between letters and sounds to read familiar and unfamiliar words. 
  • Sliding Vowels (Grades K - 3)
  • What Is the Word? (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Word Families (Grades 2 - 3)

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    VOCABULARY

    Word Knowledge assesses the child's breadth of understanding of grade-appropriate synonyms, words in context, and words with multiple-meanings.
  • Mystery Box (Grades K - 1)
  • Do the Opposite! (Grades K - 2)
  • Connecting Words (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Replace Me (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Same Old Thing (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Matching Like Words (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Quick Verbs (Grades 2 - 3)

  • Sight Words assesses the depth of the child's sight vocabulary. Most of the sight words in Fox in a Box are "aphonetic;" they are not spelled phonetically.
  • Alphabet Words (Grades K - 1)
  • Seeing the Same (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Find Me (Grades 1 - 3)

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    READING COMPREHENSION

    Concepts of Print assesses the child's familiarity with books and print.
  • Picture/Word Match (Grades K - 1)

  • Emergent Reading assesses the child's ability to recognize some sight words and comprehend a story line.
  • Creating Sentences and Phrases (Grades 2 - 3)

  • Oral Expression assesses the child's ability to speak in complete sentences with age-appropriate syntax.
  • Drawing and Describing (Grades K - 1)
  • Illustrate and Retell a Story (Grades 1 - 2)
  • What's It All About? (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Story Dictation, Illustration, and Demonstration (Grades 2 - 3)

  • Reading Accuracy assesses the child's depth of vocabulary and ability to read accurately.
  • Recognizing Words (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Vocabulary Replacement (Grades 2 - 3)

  • Reading Comprehension assesses the child's depth of vocabulary and ability to comprehend a story and retell it expressively.
  • Sequence the Story (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Visual Storytelling (Grades 2 - 3)
  • The 5 W's (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Prediction Practice (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Read, Interview, and Report (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Read, Restate, Record, Review (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Web Art (Grades 2 - 3)
  • What's It All About (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Vocabulary Replacement (Grades 2 - 3)

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    FLUENCY

    Reading Expression assesses the child's ability to read with meaning, recognizing the cues provided by punctuation and syntax.
  • Limerick Shakeup (Grade 1)
  • My Favorite Passage (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Clues to Fluency - Punctuation (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Readers Theater - Having Fun (Grade 3)
  • Readers Theater - Having Fun (Grade 1)
  • Shaking with Poetry (Grade 2-3)

  • Reading Rate assesses the student's ability to read accurately at a rate that supports comprehension. 
  • Clues to Fluency - Punctuation (Grades 2 - 3)

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    LISTENING AND WRITING

    Listening Comprehension assesses the child's ability to listen intently to a passage with understanding and retention.
  • Making a Detailed Drawing (Grades K - 1)
  • Paper Doll (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Triaramas (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Writing Procedural Text (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Child Interviews 2-3 (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Morning Message (Grades 1-3)

  • Writing Expression assesses the child's ability to write about the passage with focus and comprehension. 
  • Picture and Label Journal (Grades K - 1)
  • Writing Main Ideas and Details (Grades 1 - 2)
  • Paper Doll (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Conversation Journals (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Letters (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Triaramas (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Fiction Writing (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Writing Procedural Text (Grades 2 -3)

  • Writing Development assesses the child's grammar and mechanics.
  • Child Interview (Grades K - 1)
  • Picture and Label Journal (Grades K - 1)
  • Writing Main Ideas and Details (Grades 1 - 2)
  • Conservation Journals (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Letters (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Triaramas (Grades 1 - 3)
  • Fiction Writing (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Writing Procedural Text (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Child Interviews 2-3 (Grades 2 - 3)
  • Alphabet Writing with Clay (Grades K-1)

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