Teacher Quality Standard I — Evidence #4

The evidence is a video of two students playing a game that helps them practice beginning, middle, and ending sounds. The game is called “Crazy A’s” and I found it on Amazon.com. Kids love this game and I love that I can do informal assessments of what they have learned.


In this video, my student is playing with his older sister. He frequently asks for his sister to join us and she is good at modeling what I am asking him to do, so on Thursdays, if he has worked hard all week, we will get his sister to play games with us. Her teacher is great about allowing her to join us. The object of the game is similar to UNO, you can play a card if the first, middle, or final sound match. As added practice, I have the student read the word on their card and say the sound that they are matching it with. This student has recently made the connection between letters, sounds, and words and now loves to read every time he is in my room.

How Does This Demonstrate Proficiency of the Standard?

  • I have planned a fun, practice activity that is at the student’s instruction level. He is engaged, but is still reading and practicing phonemic awareness.
  • This student also receives speech services and I know which letters he is able to articulate and which ones he is not and I correct him as needed (element B).
  • I can use this game to see how well he identifies sounds, how well he decodes CVC words and how quickly he can match sounds, this demonstrates my knowledge of appropriate evidence-based instructional practices (element D).
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