What is F.I.R.S.T., an Adventure on Ooka Island?
F.I.R.S.T. is an adaptive, game-based learn to read program that develops strong early reading skills through 24 levels of educational activities and 85 ebooks. With regular play, students will graduate Ooka Island as confident, fluent readers.
FUN—Every student is a hero tasked with helping the Ooka Elves learn to read. F.I.R.S.T. uses storytelling, 3D animation, game-based learning strategies, and motion event technology
RESEARCH-BASED—F.I.R.S.T. combines 25 years of research and scientifically proven concepts to teach the following foundational skills: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary and comprehension.
ADAPTIVE—F.I.R.S.T.'s Adaptive Reading Platform uses continuous formative assessment to adjust instruction and adapt to individual reading levels.
FLEXIBLE—F.I.R.S.T. can be used as an independent digital resource, added into learning centres and blended learning stations and extended into the family home.
DATA-DRIVEN—Real-time student reports and summaries are accessible in an Educator Dashboard to help monitor student progress and inform your classroom instruction.
BLENDED—All 85 ebooks in F.I.R.S.T. are available in print and can be accompanied by teacher downloadables, story cards, reading workbooks, and instructional guides.
ALIGNED—Ooka Island aligns with many provincial language curricula and state language standards for Kindergarten and Grade 1, as well as Head Start learning outcomes.
SUPPORTIVE—Our Reading Team is here to help. F.I.R.S.T. offers friendly, prompt customer service, a 24/7 support desk, and email support.