Supershark, the automatic progression course
Supershark follows the 'Wordshark' course, (view pdf of content) with built-in automatic progression. Supershark takes the students through the Wordshark course, moving them on automatically through the units of work and games - at their own pace. This progression has been tested in a wide variety of schools. Supershark is available to students at all times irrespective of any set work.
The course is divided into 44 Units each consisting of 4 to 8 lists (average 6). Click on the link to view a complete list
of Unit titles, list titles and content in the Wordshark Course: Wordshark/Supershark Course (pdf format)
On completion of the Shark Challenge students are placed at one of the Wordshark
course Units to start their journey. Students move through cycles of games, opening up any available games
tabs to play the games.The Supershark course is structured to keep
students focused and as such, the games selection is built up slowly. For example, when
starting a new word list - the first set of games to choose from will only
be for reading and blending. The second game will often be a choice of just 1
or 2 games - ‘pattern’ and possibly ‘helicopter’ The third will bring in a
much wider choice and so on.
tabs include ‘Blend, Read, Segment, Spell, Patterns, Syllables, Sentences,
Alphabet’ - but depending on the list and games cycle, not all will be
present all the time. After every third game a reward game is offered.
The 6th game of the cycle is one of the 3 spelling ‘check/test’
games - Spell check, Maze spell check, Moving spell check.
Students with 85% success or above move on to the next list but are first
offered to repeat the game if they want to improve their score/time for extra
With a new list the games cycle starts again.
Spelling progress reports are based on the success in spelling check games.
Early exit from a list for high achievers
Students can make an early exit and move to the
next list if they choose a spelling test game in the 3rd 4th or 5th game and
Students with poor results
Students with poor results get lots more practice with the list – with the
above games cycles repeated - but they now only ever need a minimum score of 85%
spelling to move on. If this is not achieved (with a maximum of 18 games)
they are automatically moved on – but an email is sent to the teacher. These
students are highly likely to need teacher help and a reset of Unit to an
easier one. Conversely, those that are finding lists too easy can be
reset to a later Unit (see button under ‘Set work’ in the teacher’s main menu).
spelling test results alert the teacher.
At the end of each Unit there is a 20-word spelling
test for the whole Unit. At the end of 3 Units there is a test of 12 words
drawn from all lists to date.
Student progress reports for Supershark (& Free Play)
Placement and progress in Supershark All students are given the baseline test (Shark Challenge) by default when they first log into the program, to find the appropriate Unit of work (out of 44 Units) to start at. They are then placed in Supershark - ...
Are students reassessed in Supershark?
Shark Challenge The shark challenge can be repeated as often as you like. You can then compare the new placement position with the previous. Subsequent tests are not stored in the 'Group Summary Report' so these will need to be logged independently, ...
Switch on access to all courses for students (Free Play)
By default, 'Free Play' is switched 'off' As a teacher, you have access to all the courses. Students, by default do not, but if for any reason you want to allow your students freely to access any course (to ‘dip in’) (in addition to Supershark and/or ...
Published courses (word lists)
Wordshark Course (Recommended) The Wordshark course starts with letter sounds and simple words and follows through systematically to long difficult words. Click the following links to view a pdf document for the Wordshark Course - including ...
TEACHER Start-up guide
Step 1: Log in to Wordshark Online Click on the link provided in your welcome email or copy and paste the unique URL into a web browser – Google Chrome / Safari is recommended. Enter your email as your username - as shown in the email. Once you have ...
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