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New features added to Sound Waves Online

19/11/14

Have you heard the news? Sound Waves Online is now better than ever! We’ve just added a raft of new resources you’re sure to love including Placement Tests, online games and recommended stories. Check out what they’re all about.

Placement Tests

Available for Years F to 7, Placement Tests assess students’ understanding of phonemic and language concepts. Each test also includes:

  • a guided answer key of the specific concepts being assessed
  • a class results checklist (making it easy to collate results and identify class strengths and weaknesses with particular concepts)
  • suggested remediation activities for students requiring support.

These tests have replaced the formerly titled Readiness Test and End-of-Year Assessment. For example, if assessing a Year 4 class at the start of the year use the Year 4 Placement Test (which contains Year 3 content), if assessing Year 4 at the end of the year, use the Year 5 Placement Test (which contains Year 4 content).

More online games

Students will practise the spelling of List and Extension Words and build familiarity with the common graphemes that represent the 43 sounds in Australian English – all by playing these fun new games.

Unjumbler
Help a duckling cross treacherous streams by correctly ‘unjumbling’ graphemes in List or Extension Words.

Grapheme Trek
Steer your rocket through space on the hunt for the correct grapheme to complete each List or Extension Word.

Recommended Stories

For Foundation to Year 3 we have compiled a list of Recommended Stories that feature the focus sound for each Unit. Students will love how story time is now part of their Sound Waves lesson.

Want to learn more about the full range of features Sound Waves Online has to offer? Take a look at our Sound Waves Online Options. Still have questions? Talk to your local education consultant.

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