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RTI  & Academic Interventions

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a general education framework that involves research-based instruction and interventions, regular monitoring of student progress, and the subsequent use of these data over time to make educational decisions. Key to the RTI process is the application of scientifically based interventions that have been demonstrated to work.  Simply put, it is a process of systematically documenting the performance of students as evidence of the need for additional services after making changes in classroom instruction.

RTI follows a number of core assumptions:

  1. The educational system can effectively teach all children
  2. Early intervention is critical to preventing problems from getting out of control
  3. The implementation of a multi-tiered service delivery model is necessary
  4. A problem solving model should be used to make decisions between tiers
  5. Research based interventions should be implemented to the extent possible
  6. Progress monitoring must be implemented to inform instruction
  7. Data should drive decision making
RTI Pyramid


Reading Interventions


(By Essential Components of Reading)


Phonemic Awareness





Pocket children

Object LS Matching

Robust Vocabulary

Alphabet Arc

Main Idea

Phoneme Segmentation

New Letter & Sound

Power Words


Ask & Answer

Word Change

Writing Simple Words

Vocabulary Sort

Letter Sound Support

Story Grammar

Discriminating Phonemes 

Word Attack Hierarchy 

Error Word Drill

Fluency Letter Wheel

Interactive Writing

 Drop and Say

Word Study Cards

Context Clues

Assisted Reading Practice


 Name Changes

Making/Writing Words

Word Filler

Listening Passage Preview


Oral Segmentation 

Buddy Study

Rooting Out Meaning

Nuclear Reading Int.

Retelling Word Sort

 Phoneme Feud

Syllable Analysis

Nuclear Reading Int.

Camp Read A-Lot Core Reading Lesson

Story Sequence

Phoneme Hopscotch 

Syllable Map-it

Robust Vocabulary II

1 minute dash  

Identify Details

Pocket Rhymes 

Affix It

About Me  

1 minute dash cards  

Reciprocal Teaching

Rhyme Memory Match 

Alphabet borders 

Another Word  

 Choral Reading Follow My Lead

PALS 2-5

Rhyming A-Lot-Oh 

 Alphabet Cereal Sort


Connected Text 

Retelling Wheel

 Sound boxes


Guess the Word Game  

Connected Text with CD player 

Text Lookback

Sound Magic 


If the Word Fits  

Duet Reading 


The Sound Game 

Incremental Rehearsal 

Instructional Routine for Teaching Vocab Within Read Alouds 

 Fleeting Phrases

Reading Comprehension & Incentive


Initial Sound Bingo 

 Multiple Meaning Bugs

Fluent Phrasing 

 Silly Sentence Mix-Up Sentence Strips


 Letter Cards

Synonym-Antonym Creations  

Letter sound mix up 

Activating Prior Knowledge  


Letter Choice

What do you mean

Paired Reading Partner Reading



Letter Match

Word Analysis Same and Different Venn Diagram

Repeated Reading

 Mining Information from the Textbook


Letter-sound mats

Word Analysis Semantic Feature Analysis

Sandwich drill

 Expository Fact Strip


Oral Sound Match

Word Connections

Speedy Alphabet Arc



Poetry Pen

Word Knowledge Memory Word Match

Word Speed Practice

 Question Cards


Drilling ErrorWords

Word Knowledge Contraction Connection


 Silly Sentence Mix-Up


Word Decoding Syllables

Word Meaning Four Square Vocab


 Retell Ring



Word Wizard


 Story Element Web



Words in Context Word Fill In


 Story Grammar Yammer



Words That Describe Describe-A-Picture


 Story Mapping










 Plot Plan


Additional Resources:

English/Language Arts:

Cool Tools: Informal reading assessments : 117 page document with ideas broken down by the 5 Components of Reading Instruction

Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading: Search Tool for Links to Instructional Materials (Teachers select grade level from drop down, select the skill, then have access to ideas.)

IF/Then Intervention Menu

Invention Central: academic interventions broken down into various categories

I’ve Assessed, Now What
Reading Rockets: English/Language Arts strategies in the following areas: print awareness, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing.

RTI Solutions: academic interventions in three areas:  READING, STUDY SKILLS, And WRITING

The Savvy Teacher’s Guide: Reading Interventions That Work: 52 page document with strategies and interventions for reading interventions

More English/Language Arts Strategies:
5 Ws and 1 H Address the Vocabulary All Aboard Beginning Sounds Beach Ball Building Vocabulary Using 5 Step Process
Choral Reading Comprehension - KWL Comprehension - RAP Q Comprehension - RUD PC Cornell Note-Making
Duet Reading Fill in the Sound Flashcard Drill and Practice Flexing Syllables for Multiscyllabic Words Flexing Syllables for Multisyllabic Words
Word Study Speed Sorting Poetry Coffee House Front and Back Flashcards Green Yellow and Red Question Cards Human Word Web
Kinesthetic Activities to Increase Phonological Awareness Letter Association Cards Making Words Memorizing Nonphonetic Heart Words Oops Wrong Rhyme
Phonemic Acitivities for Reading Phonemic Awareness Phoneme Identification w ABC Chart Photo Flashcards Poetry Coffeehouse PQ4R
Practicing Word Families QAR Question Answer Relationship Question Generation Question Answering Question Generation Radio Reading
Reading Comprehension Through Self-Monitoring Recipe Word Box Repeated Reading Response Cards Rhyming picture sort
Scaling Antonym Pairs Semantic Feature Anaylsis Semantic Word Webs Sound Boxes Sound Sorts
Spiral Notebook Syllable Puzzles with Letters Touch and Say Vocabulary-IF IT FITS Vocabulary So We Go C
Vocabulary Map Word Chains Word Meaning Sorts Word Study Speed Sorting Blending Sound Activities
Flashcard Drill and Practice Segmenting Sound Activities Previewing the Chapter Questioning Story Pieces Text Feature Find
Reading Actively Retell Recap-Comp Story Line-up Super Summary-


K-5 Math Teaching Resources: provides a collection of free resources, math games, and hands-on math activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Math computation interventions: interventions that focus on computation interventions,  strategies and resources in several math areas

Math Drills: provides thousands of free math worksheets on a variety of math topics

Math Landing: Searchable database of resources and tools, searched by topic and grade level

Math Interventions: various interventions broken down by tier level

Math Intervention Ideas: examples of math interventions based on areas of weakness

Math Teacher Resources: resources broken down by subject and grade

RTI Solutions: academic interventions in various mathematic areas:  MATH

More Math Strategies:
Activities to Increase Pre Number Skills Addition Fact Families Are These the Same Explicit Timing Fill the Chutes
Find and Press Free Time Hands On Equations Intervention Based on PASS Theory Kinesthetic Activities to Increase Counting Skills
Money Match More or Less More, Less, and Same Sets Multicomponent Intervention for Math Fluency Multiplication Fact Families
Multiplying Numbers Under 10 by 9 Number Goal Game Patterned Set Recognition with Dominoes Patterned Set Recognition with Dot Plates Patterns and Functions
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally Reciprocal Peer Tutoring Self Monitoring in Multi-Step Problems Self-Monitoring Arithmetic Shopping
SIR RIGHT Solving Word Problems Using Structured Organizers Solving Word Probs Using Structured organizers STAR for Algebraic Word Problems STAR for Number Writing
Structured Organizers Subtraction Strategy Taped Problems The Number Game FAST DRAW for Basic Math
Folding-In Multiplication Attack