March 29, 2021

Practicing Trip Words

While speed doesn't necessarily indicate reading fluency, a reasonable reading rate is expected as students progress. Slow, laborious, word-by-word reading is detrimental to comprehension and expression. Certain words, especially those with irregular constructions, can be tough to recognize, and this is where practice comes in. Practice enables skills to be performed more quickly and easily. Practicing trip words allows kids to become familiar with them, paving the way towards smoother, faster reading.

Rally tracks the words the reader struggles with and utilizes these "trip words" for targeted practice. As a brief warm-up exercise, Rally presents these words as digital cue cards. Reading the cue cards preloads working memory with relevant information, affords valuable practice, and supports fluency. More practice and exposure with these trip words improves students' pronunciation and overall fluency.