Another way to check informally for abilities and fluency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking is to use the Introductory Selection (Getting Started at grades 1 and 2) and related activities that launch each level of the program. The introductory selection lets you observe and assess personal interests and attitudes, reading and writing abilities, and students' abilities to work together and express themselves in small groups. It also helps you determine how readily students contribute to whole-class discussions.
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