Explore the Components

Phonics and Word Study Lessons uses a rich array of grade-specific teaching tools including: a book of 100 minilessons, a Teaching Resources Binder, word and picture cards, and Sing a Song of Poetry, a collection of developmentally appropriate rhymes, songs, and poems. Plus, a new Teaching Resources CD-ROM lets you collect, review, and print out all of the teaching tools, games, and assessment forms for each minilesson with only a few clicks of a mouse.

You will find that these lessons draw on materials you are already using and can be embedded in a rich language and literacy framework that offers an organized combination of experiences, each of which contributes uniquely to your students’ literacy development. Select a grade to download and view a sample minilesson, listen to the authors discuss the program, and walk through the components.

Grade K

Grade K: Overview

Kindergartners are learning about written language in a broad, exploratory way. In Phonics Lessons, Kindergarten, students explore four main types of information, each of which is essential for developing an efficient early reading process: phonemic awareness, letters and sounds, reading words, and early reading concepts.

The 100 brief minilessons included in this program enable you to help children attend to, learn about, and efficiently use information about letters, sounds, and words. Each lesson is organized around a single language principle. These minilessons empower you to plan and teach effectively and systematically. The lessons are thorough and organized and include a range of instructional approaches, from demonstration and explicit teaching to support for children's independent work.

Grade K: Planning Tools

Each Book of Minilessons offers multiple planning tools that will help you select lessons that align with your students needs based on the Word Study Continuum.

Lesson Selection Map
The Lesson Selection Map is a catalog of lessons by Continuum category and suggests time of year for use. By plotting the principles according to increasing sophistication, the Lesson Selection Maps provide a curricular context for each lesson and helps you select the lessons your students need most.

Month-by-Month Planning Guides
The Month-by-Month Planning Guides outline a year of instructional contexts. In addition to listing instructional routines and lessons, these planning guides also identify expected competencies in the Assessment column.

Grade K: Minilessons

With their targeted focus on content and delivery, minilessons take about 10 minutes of explicit instruction, with an additional 15 minutes for application activities. Presented in a standard 4-page format, minilessons are designed to help you address the particular needs of the children you teach.

Grade K: Teaching Resources Binder

This comprehensive professional resource comprises everything from diagnostic assessment to a Consonant Cluster Linking Chart. Its clearly tabbed sections contain the resources needed to teach, apply, and extend a minilesson.

Assessment
The Phonics Lessons program has two forms of assessment: Ongoing Observation and Systematic Assessment Tasks. The ongoing observational assessment concludes each minilesson and is supplemented by a more formal, performance-based assessment in the Assessment Guide section of the Teaching Resources Binder.

Templates
The Templates section of each Teaching Resources Binder includes template sheets for Two-, Three-, Four-, and Five-Way Sorts, in addition to Pattern Cards, Word Cards, and other activity sheets and ready-to-use forms.

Bibliographies
The hundreds of books listed in the Bibliographies section are categorized for ease of use. Categories can include Read-Alouds, Alliteration, Language Play, Poetry, and Rhymes.

Materials/Routines
Featuring a reproducible Lesson Selection Map, blank lesson templates, Alphabet Linking Charts and Strips, and a High-Frequency Word List, this section in the Teaching Resources Binder is filled with helpful worksheets for your lessons.

Games
Instructional games encourage students to apply language principles and can include Searches, Follow the Path, Crazy Eights, and Word Ladders

Grade K: Teaching Resources CD-ROM

Add convenience and customization to your phonics and word study instruction

The rich array of teaching tools and templates in the Phonics and Word Study Lessons Teaching Resources Binder is now available in an electronic format that let's you take full advantage of a CD-ROM's technical capabilities.

Convenience
Easy-to-navigate menus and a responsive sorting feature allow you to:

  • collect, review, and print out all of the teaching tools, games, and assessment forms for each minilesson with only a few clicks of a mouse.
  • provide students with their own set of Apply Tags, the concise step-by-step instructions for each minilesson.
  • select and modify sample letters home (in English and Spanish) that offer families strategies for extending the learning.
  • coordinate your pocket chart cards, word wall words, and other learning aides with the same consistent type treatment.
Customization
An agile Custom Card Maker allows you to:
  • customize game boards, picture cards and word cards.
  • create Generative Lessons that build on minilessons with different or more sophisticated examples.
  • differentiate instruction by quickly adapting Expand the Learning strategies.
  • design your own set of Enlarged Picture Cards (Grades K and 1) to address your own classroom needs.
  • develop and personalize Alphabet Books and other teaching tools with your students' own information.
Grade K: Word & Picture Cards

For new readers, picture cards are essential for connecting words and sounds. At the kindergarten level, picture cards are used for sorting, matching, and playing games. To support the beginning reader, word cards are carefully designed with clear, uncluttered type.

Word Cards can be purchased separately on perforated card stock. No photocopying or cutting required. Clear labels on the back of each card allow for at-a-glance organization. Color-coded Center Sets (a set of 5) support orderly use and collection.

Picture Cards are also available in enlarged format that is ideal for use in pocket charts. Teacher set of enlarged picture cards contains 998 cards.

The Kindergarten Teaching Resources Binder contains 852 picture cards and 215 word cards.

Grade K: Sing a Song of Poetry

Sing a Song of Poetry helps you use the power of poetry to expand children's oral language capabilities, develop students' phonological awareness, and teach about the conventions of print.

A special feature, "Poetry Links to Phonics Lessons", correlates minilessons to specific poems.

Grade 1

Grade 1: Overview

Entering first graders have had experience with recognizing and enjoying oral rhymes, syllables, and parts of words and have begun to experience writing. First grade students are also starting to recognize syntactical structures and have a more sophisticated understanding of high-frequency words and letter/sound knowledge. In Phonics Lessons, Grade 1, students explore six areas of word learning: phonemic awareness, letters and sounds, reading words, writing words, processing strategies in reading, and processing strategies in writing.

The 100 brief minilessons included in this program enable you to help children attend to, learn about, and efficiently use information about letters, sounds, and words. Each lesson is organized around a single language principle. These minilessons empower you to plan and teach effectively and systematically. The lessons are thorough and organized and include a range of instructional approaches, from demonstration and explicit teaching to support for children's independent work.

Grade 1: Planning Tools

Each Book of Minilessons offers multiple planning tools that will help you select lessons that align with your students needs based on the Word Study Continuum.

Lesson Selection Map
The Lesson Selection Map is a catalog of lessons by Continuum category and suggests time of year for use. By plotting the principles according to increasing sophistication, the Lesson Selection Maps provide a curricular context for each lesson and helps you select the lessons your students need most.

Month-by-Month Planning Guides
The Month-by-Month Planning Guides outline a year of instructional contexts. In addition to listing instructional routines and lessons, these planning guides also identify expected competencies in the Assessment column.

Grade 1: Minilessons

With their targeted focus on content and delivery, minilessons take about 10 minutes of explicit instruction, with an additional 15 minutes for application activities. Presented in a standard 4-page format, minilessons are designed to help you address the particular needs of the children you teach.

Grade 1: Teaching Resources Binder

This comprehensive professional resource comprises everything from diagnostic assessment to a Consonant Cluster Linking Chart. Its clearly tabbed sections contain the resources needed to teach, apply, and extend a minilesson.

Assessment
The Phonics Lessons program has two forms of assessment: Ongoing Observation and Systematic Assessment Tasks. The ongoing observational assessment concludes each minilesson and is supplemented by a more formal, performance-based assessment in the Assessment Guide section of the Teaching Resources Binder.

Templates
The Templates section of each Teaching Resources Binder includes template sheets for Two-, Three-, Four-, and Five-Way Sorts, in addition to Pattern Cards, Word Cards, and other activity sheets and ready-to-use forms.

Bibliographies
The hundreds of books listed in the Bibliographies section are categorized for ease of use. Categories can include Read-Alouds, Alliteration, Language Play, Poetry, and Rhymes.

Materials/Routines
Featuring a reproducible Lesson Selection Map, blank lesson templates, Alphabet Linking Charts and Strips, and a High-Frequency Word List, this section in the Teaching Resources Binder is filled with helpful worksheets for your lessons.

Games
Instructional games encourage students to apply language principles and can include Searches, Follow the Path, Crazy Eights, and Word Ladders.

Grade 1: Teaching Resources CD-ROM

Add convenience and customization to your phonics and word study instruction

The rich array of teaching tools and templates in the Phonics and Word Study Lessons Teaching Resources Binder is now available in an electronic format that let's you take full advantage of a CD-ROM's technical capabilities.

Convenience
Easy-to-navigate menus and a responsive sorting feature allow you to:

  • collect, review, and print out all of the teaching tools, games, and assessment forms for each minilesson with only a few clicks of a mouse.
  • provide students with their own set of Apply Tags, the concise step-by-step instructions for each minilesson.
  • select and modify sample letters home (in English and Spanish) that offer families strategies for extending the learning.
  • coordinate your pocket chart cards, word wall words, and other learning aides with the same consistent type treatment.
Customization
An agile Custom Card Maker allows you to:
  • customize game boards, picture cards and word cards.
  • create Generative Lessons that build on minilessons with different or more sophisticated examples.
  • differentiate instruction by quickly adapting Expand the Learning strategies.
  • design your own set of Enlarged Picture Cards (Grades K and 1) to address your own classroom needs.
  • develop and personalize Alphabet Books and other teaching tools with your students' own information.
Grade 1: Word & Picture Cards

For new readers, picture cards are essential for connecting words and sounds. At the first-grade level, picture cards are used for sorting, matching, and playing games. To support the beginning reader, word cards are carefully designed with clear, uncluttered type.

Word Cards can be purchased separately on perforated card stock. No photocopying or cutting required. Clear labels on the back of each card allow for at-a-glance organization. Color-coded Center Sets (a set of 5) support orderly use and collection.

Picture Cards are also available in enlarged format that is ideal for use in pocket charts.

Grade 1: Sing a Song of Poetry

Sing a Song of Poetry helps you use the power of poetry to expand children's oral language capabilities, develop students' phonological awareness, and teach about the conventions of print.

A special feature, "Poetry Links to Phonics Lessons", correlates minilessons to specific poems.

Grade 2

Grade 2: Overview

Most entering second graders will have consolidated their knowledge of sound patterns in words and relationships between letters and sounds. In second grade they will expand their abilities by applying this knowledge to less regular, less common correspondences and patterns, longer stretches of print, and more challenging texts. In Phonics Lessons, Grade 2, students explore six areas of word learning: phonemic awareness, letters and sounds, reading words, writing words, processing strategies in reading, and processing strategies in writing.

The 100 brief minilessons included in this program enable you to help children attend to, learn about, and efficiently use information about letters, sounds, and words. Each lesson is organized around a single language principle. These minilessons empower you to plan and teach effectively and systematically. The lessons are thorough and organized and include a range of instructional approaches, from demonstration and explicit teaching to support for children's independent work.

Grade 2: Planning Tools

Each Book of Minilessons offers multiple planning tools that will help you select lessons that align with your students needs based on the Word Study Continuum.

Lesson Selection Map
The Lesson Selection Map is a catalog of lessons by Continuum category and suggests time of year for use. By plotting the principles according to increasing sophistication, the Lesson Selection Maps provide a curricular context for each lesson and helps you select the lessons your students need most.

Month-by-Month Planning Guides
The Month-by-Month Planning Guides outline a year of instructional contexts. In addition to listing instructional routines and lessons, these planning guides also identify expected competencies in the Assessment column.

Grade 2: Minilessons

With their targeted focus on content and delivery, minilessons take about 10 minutes of explicit instruction, with an additional 15 minutes for application activities. Presented in a standard 4-page format, minilessons are designed to help you address the particular needs of the children you teach.

Grade 2: Teaching Resources Binder

This comprehensive professional resource comprises everything from diagnostic assessment to a Consonant Cluster Linking Chart. Its clearly tabbed sections contain the resources needed to teach, apply, and extend a minilesson.

Assessment
The Phonics Lessons program has two forms of assessment: Ongoing Observation and Systematic Assessment Tasks. The ongoing observational assessment concludes each minilesson and is supplemented by a more formal, performance-based assessment in the Assessment Guide section of the Teaching Resources Binder.

Templates
The Templates section of each Teaching Resources Binder includes template sheets for Two-, Three-, Four-, and Five-Way Sorts, in addition to Pattern Cards, Word Cards, and other activity sheets and ready-to-use forms.

Bibliographies
The hundreds of books listed in the Bibliographies section are categorized for ease of use. Categories can include Read-Alouds, Alliteration, Language Play, Poetry, and Rhymes.

Materials/Routines
Featuring a reproducible Lesson Selection Map, blank lesson templates, Alphabet Linking Charts and Strips, and a High-Frequency Word List, this section in the Teaching Resources Binder is filled with helpful worksheets for your lessons.

Games
Instructional games encourage students to apply language principles and can include Searches, Follow the Path, Crazy Eights, and Word Ladders

Grade 2: Teaching Resources CD-ROM

Add convenience and customization to your phonics and word study instruction

The rich array of teaching tools and templates in the Phonics and Word Study Lessons Teaching Resources Binder is now available in an electronic format that let's you take full advantage of a CD-ROM's technical capabilities.

Convenience
Easy-to-navigate menus and a responsive sorting feature allow you to:

  • collect, review, and print out all of the teaching tools, games, and assessment forms for each minilesson with only a few clicks of a mouse.
  • provide students with their own set of Apply Tags, the concise step-by-step instructions for each minilesson.
  • select and modify sample letters home (in English and Spanish) that offer families strategies for extending the learning.
  • coordinate your pocket chart cards, word wall words, and other learning aides with the same consistent type treatment.
Customization
An agile Custom Card Maker allows you to:
  • customize game boards, picture cards and word cards.
  • create Generative Lessons that build on minilessons with different or more sophisticated examples.
  • differentiate instruction by quickly adapting Expand the Learning strategies.
  • design your own set of Enlarged Picture Cards (Grades K and 1) to address your own classroom needs.
  • develop and personalize Alphabet Books and other teaching tools with your students' own information.
Grade 2: Word & Picture Cards

For new readers, word and picture cards are essential for connecting words and sounds. At the second-grade level, word and picture cards are used for sorting, matching, and playing games. To support the beginning second-grade reader, word cards are carefully designed with clear, uncluttered type.

Word Cards can be purchased separately on perforated card stock. No photocopying or cutting required. Clear labels on the back of each card allow for at-a-glance organization. Color-coded Center Sets (a set of 5) support orderly use and collection.

Picture Cards are also available in enlarged format that is ideal for use in pocket charts.

Grade 2: Sing a Song of Poetry

Sing a Song of Poetry helps you use the power of poetry to expand children's oral language capabilities, develop students' phonological awareness, and teach about the conventions of print.

A special feature, "Poetry Links to Phonics Lessons", correlates minilessons to specific poems.

Grade 3

Grade 3: Overview

Third grade is an important year for expanding children's knowledge of the written language system. All third graders will need many opportunities to use their knowledge of words while engaging in the reading and writing of continuous text. Third graders will be exploring the following six areas of learning: letters and sounds, vocabulary, reading words fluently, writing words fluently, processing strategies in reading, and processing strategies in writing.

The 100 brief minilessons included in this program enable you to help children attend to, learn about, and efficiently use information about letters, sounds, and words. Each lesson is organized around a single language principle. These minilessons empower you to plan and teach effectively and systematically. The lessons are thorough and organized and include a range of instructional approaches, from demonstration and explicit teaching to support for children's independent work.

Grade 3: Planning Tools

Each Book of Minilessons offers multiple planning tools that will help you select lessons that align with your students needs based on the Word Study Continuum.

Lesson Selection Map
The Lesson Selection Map is a catalog of lessons by Continuum category and suggests time of year for use. By plotting the principles according to increasing sophistication, the Lesson Selection Maps provide a curricular context for each lesson and helps you select the lessons your students need most.

Month-by-Month Planning Guides
The Month-by-Month Planning Guides outline a year of instructional contexts. In addition to listing instructional routines and lessons, these planning guides also identify expected competencies in the Assessment column.

Grade 3: Minilessons

With their targeted focus on content and delivery, minilessons take about 10 minutes of explicit instruction, with an additional 15 minutes for application activities. Presented in a standard 4-page format, minilessons are designed to help you address the particular needs of the children you teach.

Grade 3: Teaching Resources Binder

This comprehensive professional resource comprises everything from diagnostic assessment to a Consonant Cluster Linking Chart. Its clearly tabbed sections contain the resources needed to teach, apply, and extend a minilesson.

Assessment
The Phonics Lessons program has two forms of assessment: Ongoing Observation and Systematic Assessment Tasks. The ongoing observational assessment concludes each minilesson and is supplemented by a more formal, performance-based assessment in the Assessment Guide section of the Teaching Resources Binder.

Templates
The Templates section of each Teaching Resources Binder includes template sheets for Two-, Three-, Four-, and Five-Way Sorts, in addition to Pattern Cards, Word Cards, and other activity sheets and ready-to-use forms.

Bibliographies
The hundreds of books listed in the Bibliographies section are categorized for ease of use. Categories can include Read-Alouds, Alliteration, Language Play, Poetry, and Rhymes.

Materials/Routines
Featuring a reproducible Lesson Selection Map, blank lesson templates, Alphabet Linking Charts and Strips, and a High-Frequency Word List, this section in the Teaching Resources Binder is filled with helpful worksheets for your lessons.

Games
Instructional games encourage students to apply language principles and can include Searches, Follow the Path, Crazy Eights, and Word Ladders

Grade 3: Teaching Resources CD-ROM

Add convenience and customization to your phonics and word study instruction

The rich array of teaching tools and templates in the Phonics and Word Study Lessons Teaching Resources Binder is now available in an electronic format that let's you take full advantage of a CD-ROM's technical capabilities.

Convenience
Easy-to-navigate menus and a responsive sorting feature allow you to:

  • collect, review, and print out all of the teaching tools, games, and assessment forms for each minilesson with only a few clicks of a mouse.
  • provide students with their own set of Apply Tags, the concise step-by-step instructions for each minilesson.
  • select and modify sample letters home (in English and Spanish) that offer families strategies for extending the learning.
  • coordinate your pocket chart cards, word wall words, and other learning aides with the same consistent type treatment.

Customization
An agile Custom Card Maker allows you to:

  • customize game boards, picture cards and word cards.
  • create Generative Lessons that build on minilessons with different or more sophisticated examples.
  • differentiate instruction by quickly adapting Expand the Learning strategies.
  • design your own set of Enlarged Picture Cards (Grades K and 1) to address your own classroom needs.
  • develop and personalize Alphabet Books and other teaching tools with your students' own information.
Grade 3: Word Cards

For third grade readers, word cards are essential for connecting sounds and their relationships to letters and words. At the third-grade level, word cards are used for sorting, matching, and playing games. To support the beginning reader, word cards are carefully designed with clear, uncluttered type.

Word Cards can be purchased separately on perforated card stock. No photocopying or cutting required. Clear labels on the back of each card allow for at-a-glance organization. Color-coded Center Sets (a set of 5) support orderly use and collection.

Picture Cards are also available in an enlarged format that is ideal for use in pocket charts.