Teaching CAPIT Reading

CAPIT Reading Instructional Model

  • CAPIT Reading is to be used 4-5 days a week.
  • Teachers spend 5 to 10 minutes introducing each lesson to the class. Instructors model each lesson on their own user account; they explain the purpose each interface and how it functions.
  • Students spend a minimum of 15-20 minutes each day completing CAPIT lessons on their own device. Teachers spend this time teaching, supporting, and troubleshooting the students as they progress through their CAPIT lesson(s).

CAPIT Codes

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PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THESE CODES WITH YOUR STUDENTS

Codes for CAPIT Reading

  • Contact Us in the CAPIT Reading app: 6930
  • Code to unlock all Level 2 lessons: 8008
  • Code to bypass Level 1 and enter Level 2: 8008 (Code 8008 should only be used for demonstration purposes)
  • Code to remove the Pop-Up Gate in Level 2: 8008

Code for CAPIT Books

  • Code to unlock CAPIT Books for the first time: 4217

CAPIT Reading Level 1

EVERY DAY IS THE SAME

  • Hook up the iPad to your smartboard and introduce a lesson (5-10 minutes) by completing it in front of your students.
  • Explain everything about the CAPIT Reading app. Show your students how you select your User Account. Show them the CAPIT Song. Show them the Level 1 Lesson Menu.
  • Explain to them that their main task is to complete Level 1.
  • Every student needs to complete CAPIT Reading Level 1 beginning to end. If they claim they know it already, good. They will finish it quickly. But let them prove they know it.
  • Now let your students complete a lesson or more (20 minutes) on their own device.
  • Explain that every student needs to complete CAPIT Reading Level 1 beginning to end. Only when they finish Level 1 can they enter CAPIT Books.
  • Make sure students don't cheat and do each other's work.
  • Get over-the-ear headphones (not earbuds). It makes a big difference.
  • Most importantly: Your students will need you during their time on the iPad for reading support and tech support. Make yourself available and ready to help.
  • When your students finish Level 1, give them the CAPIT Sound Master Badge.

CAPIT Books

  • When your students finish Level 1, they should begin CAPIT Books.
  • Students should complete 20 lessons in CAPIT Books. 20 lessons of blending and segmenting on CAPIT Books will help your students spell and read CVC words.
  • Now students can begin exploring CAPIT Reading Level 2.
  • Students can then toggle back and forth between CAPIT Reading and CAPIT Books.
  • IMPORTANT: CAPIT Books does not back up the student data onto the Teacher Portal. Please do not delete CAPIT Books from the iPad as all student data will be lost.
  • For Shared iPads: To track student progress in CAPIT Books, use the CAPIT Books Tracker Document. It can be found HERE and Basecamp.
  • When your students finish CAPIT Books, give them the CAPIT Book Master Badge.

CAPIT Reading Level 2

EVERY DAY IS THE SAME

  • Hook up the iPad to your smartboard and introduce a lesson (5-10 minutes) by completing it in front of your students.
  • Explain everything about the CAPIT Reading app. Show your students how you select your User Account. Show them the Level 2 Lesson Menu. Explain the Pocket Chart. Show them the "Assessment" they need to take before they enter each lesson.
  • Explain to them that their main task is to complete Level 2.
  • Now let your students complete a lesson or more (20 minutes) on their own device.
  • Make sure students don't cheat and do each other's work.
  • Get over-the-ear headphones (not earbuds). It makes a big difference.
  • Most importantly: Your students will need you during their time on the iPad for reading support and tech support. Make yourself available and ready to help.
  • Students can toggle back and forth between Level 2 and CAPIT Books.
  • When your students finish Level 2, give them the CAPIT Reader Badge.

Additional Resources

As your students work their way through CAPIT Reading, you can enhance your lessons with our additional downloadable resources. You can use them in the classroom, and you can send them home as homework.

Some of our Level 1 Downloadable Resources include:

  • CAPIT Alphabet Scrapbook
  • CAPIT Alphabet Wall Art
  • CAPIT Worksheet - Play
  • CAPIT Worksheet - Match
  • CAPIT Worksheet - Draw
  • CAPIT Sound Master Badge

Some of our Level 2 Downloadable Resources include:

  • CAPIT Handwriting Worksheets
  • CAPIT Worksheet - Write & Read
  • CAPIT Reader Badge

Please use them. If you have more ideas for us, please share.

Pronunciation Guide

THE IMPORTANCE OF CORRECT PRONUNCIATION   Students who don’t pronounce sounds correctly will have trouble “hearing” how sounds blend together to form words (NRP 2000, 2-104). /kuh/ + /a/ + /tuh/ does not make the word /cat/. It sounds more like: kuhatuh. Students who pronounce sounds correctly avoid this difficulty.

Teach your students the proper pronunciation of each sound. Make sure they are not adding a “voice” to an unvoiced consonant, or an additional vowel or schwa when they don’t need to. We urge teachers to practice the sounds carefully with a partner, so an objective “ear” can listen and offer constructive criticism when necessary. Our Pronunciation Guide provides sound files so teachers can hear how each sound should be pronounced and share it with their students. We also provide short video clips detailing how each sound is formed (courtesy of Rachel’s English).

REGIONAL DIFFERENCES   Teachers come from different parts of the country and therefore pronounce words and sounds differently. Students sometimes receive mixed messages regarding the pronunciation of sounds. To minimize confusion, we recommend that reading instructors within an institution strive for a uniform pronunciation of sounds.