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PALS Reading is a structured, peer-mediated reading activity appropriate for students in preschool through grade 6 and high school. All students in a class are divided into pairs. Each member of the pair takes turns being coach and reader. and are awarded points for good reading and coaching. As the reader reads aloud, the coach listens and provides corrective feedback. PALS does not require special reading material. Teachers may use library books or short stories
The time commitment in the classroom for implementing PALS reading each week differs slightly depending on the grade level and instructors have some flexibility in the scheduling. K-Pals is done 3-4 times per week for approximately 30 minutes per session; first grade PALS is done 3-4 times per week for approximately 35 minutes per session; Grades 2-6 PALS is implemented 3 times per week for 35 minutes per session; and High School PALS is implemented 5 times every 2 weeks for 35 minutes per session.
In Kindergarten PALS, children practice letter-sound correspondence, decoding, phonological awareness, and sightwords.
- Partner reading
- Paragraph shrinking
- Prediction relay