What is Rime Magic? It’s a new word recognition resource that’s changing the lives of all readersbeginning readers, English learners, and older striving readers who need more support. The rime is the key part of a word that makes it easy to see the structure (for example, the /ip/ in slippery or the /at/ in splattered). Teachers carry out instruction using rime and word cards and engaging lessons found inside the Rime Magic kit. Students add onsets and endings to the rimes to identify, analyze, and combine into wordslike magic! These onset/rime lessons help students “crack the code” of the written word and, when used repeatedly in five-minute lessons, bolster reading and spelling proficiency. With practice, students pick up the pace and the rime jumps out at them as they read. Confidence soars and word recognition becomes more and more automatic, leading to enhanced comprehension and fluency.
This kit includes:
o Teacher’s Guide
o Rime and Word Cards
o Short Vowel and Endings Cards
o Power Pak intervention set
o Poem Cards
o Trade books for younger readers
o High-interest articles for older readers
o How-to videos that show each Rime Magic step in action
o Downloadable student pages and teaching tools
About the Author
Sharon Zinke is a consultant in literacy development and reading intervention. She has worked extensively with struggling readers at elementary, middle, and high schools in her years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, resource specialist, and literacy consultant. Most recently, she has worked with elementary and middle schools to quickly raise the decoding and word recognition levels of students reading signi cantly below grade level.
Sharon has inspired thousands of teachers through her reading courses at UC Berkeley Extension, professional development in schools throughout California, and her many years as a featured speaker at reading conferences around the country. Her courses with the Bureau of Education & Research (BER) bring her to cities around the country to share her unique and effective strategies for working with struggling readers. She works with school administrators, classroom and reading intervention teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and special education teachers to plan effective reading intervention and classroom strategies for bringing struggling readers up to grade level quickly and for preventing low word recognition in the first place.
Her first book, The Decoding Solution: Rime Magic and Fast Success for Struggling Readers was published in January, 2013 (Scholastic). In early January 2017, Scholastic will publish her updated book and kit: Rime Magic: Phonics-Powered Prevention and Intervention for All Students.