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Report Card Comments & Phrases—Language Arts & Reading

Comments

  • _______'s reading has improved considerably throughout the year. Please continue to practice reading with her nightly.

  • _______ speaks very well in front of the class. However, her written work needs much improvement. With greater effort, the improvement should slowly come.

  • _______ has shown a great amount of improvement with her creative writing. She has learned to use more colorful words.

  • _______ is making excellent progress reading sight words. Please continue to practice with him nightly.

  • _______'s spelling scores have improved greatly since the beginning of the school year. Studying his spelling words nightly has made much of the difference. Thank-you for your help.

  • Although _______ is trying very hard, she is having difficulty writing smooth, fluent sentences. Can we meet to discuss some helpful strategies?

Phrases

Listening
  • _______ enjoys listening to stories.

  • _______ is able to distinguish sounds in words.

  • _______ has difficulty distinguishing sounds in words.

Reading and Vocabulary
  • _______ learns new vocabulary quickly.

  • _______ needs to increase his speed and comprehension in reading.

  • _______ has developed a mature reading vocabulary.

  • _______ reads extensively.

  • _______ now knows and is able to use _____ consonant and vowel sounds.

  • _______ confuses the sounds ___ and ___.

  • _______ is able to blend short words using the vowel(s) _____ without assistance.

  • _______ is learning to attack words independently.

  • _______ uses the phonics skills to attack new words.

  • _______'s reading is... (smooth, jerky, hesitant, rapid, irregular, or fluent).

  • _______ comprehends what she reads.

  • _______ is interested in books and reading.

  • _______ can read to follow directions.

  • _______ can now recognize ____ sight words.

  • _______ reads for pleasure.

  • _______ needs a lot of repetition and practice in order to retain reading vocabulary.

  • _______ is still confusing words that look alike.

  • _______ is beginning to read words in groups and phrases.

  • _______'s reading is becoming automatic.

  • _______'s reading is not yet becoming automatic.

  • _______ enjoys discussing the stories we read.

  • _______ is able to read his sentences back.

Speaking
  • _______ speaks in complete sentences.

  • _______ speaks clearly.

  • _______ has difficulty using (pronouns, verbs) correctly.

  • _______ enjoys dramatization.

  • _______ has a good oral vocabulary.

  • _______ uses punctuation correctly.

  • _______ uses colorful words while speaking.

  • _______ uses (complex, simple) sentences while speaking.

  • _______ participates in group storytelling.

Writing
  • _______ needs to apply skills to all written work.

  • _______ excels in writing original stories and poems.

  • _______ is able to place periods and question marks correctly.

  • _______ uses colorful words in his writing.

  • _______ uses (complex, simple) sentences in her writing.

  • _______ is now able to write a complete sentence independently.

  • _______ can write an original story containing two to four sentences.

  • _______ puts words in the appropriate order.

  • _______ shows self-confidence in writing.

  • _______ can compose several related sentences.

  • _______ is building a good spelling vocabulary.

  • _______ uses the dictionary to find unfamiliar words.

  • _______ enjoys learning to spell new words.

  • _______ is able to learn to spell words easily.

  • _______ sometimes reverses letters in a word.

  • _______ has difficulty remembering the spelling of non-phonetic words.

  • _______ is helped by using hand or body motions to remember spelling.


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