Reading Readiness – Hungry Tummy

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About Hungry Tummy

The Fast ForWord Reading Readiness exercise Hungry Tummy helps develop the ability to follow verbal directions, and helps improve listening comprehension and working memory skills.

In Hungry Tummy, the student follows instructions to identify objects of various colors, shapes, and sizes, and then feeds those shapes to the hungry bear.

How students use Hungry Tummy

To work on Hungry Tummy, the student must listen carefully as the bear asks for objects of various colors, shapes, and sizes to eat. The student must drag and drop the correct object into the hungry bear’s mouth so he can eat it. Points are awarded for each correct answer.

Hungry Tummy first introduces the concept of receiving and following directions at the beginning of the exercise. At first, Hungry Tummy visually prompts the student to click a piece of candy. The first few times the student clicks the candy, the bear grabs it and eats it himself. Then, the bear shows the student that he wants to be fed by pointing his finger at his mouth. The student must drag and drop the candy into his mouth to feed him. When the student demonstrates an understanding of this concept, the exercise begins, and the student learns to decode more complex verbal directions.

How Hungry Tummy rewards progress

Animations. Each time the student successfully completes a level, the bear licks his lips or makes a funny burp sound. These fun animations encourage the student to keep working on the exercise.

Session high score. Each time the student surpasses the highest score ever achieved in one session, the points counter lights up and flashes the words High Score.

Time. The timer at the top of the screen shows the amount of time the student needs to work on the exercise that day, which is based on the student's protocol. When the time requirement is met, the exercise session automatically ends, and the student can either choose another exercise to work on or review his/her success in the exercises.

Exercise percent complete markers. The percent complete markers (stars) below the student's name indicate the percentage of completed content in the exercise. Each marker represents 10% of the exercise. When all of the markers light up, the exercise is complete.

How students master Hungry Tummy

The student will continue to work on Hungry Tummy until the skills in the exercise are mastered. Then, the exercise is closed. To learn more see About completing a program.

Tip: For a complete list of content in the exercise, see the Reading Readiness teacher manual.