Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books
Note: Print the first and third pages of each book, flip and print the second and fourth pages on the back to form eight-page decodable booklets. You and your students will love these stories! Get 54 of these stories in the Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books. Buy with the corresponding Teaching Reading Strategies intervention program and get BUNDLE pricing. Download the freebies and then read the product description below. Thanks!
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Some older children struggle with reading because they have not yet mastered phonics and/or sight words. If you use guided reading in literacy centers or in readers workshop to differentiate reading instruction, if you teach special education to students with auditory processing challenges, if you teach English-language learners, if you teach a reading intervention class, or if you are homeschooling your own child, you know how hard it is to find engaging decodable text for older students.
The 54 eight-page Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books
feature teenage characters, high-interest plots, and non-juvenile cartoons. Each book has embedded reading comprehension questions, word fluency timings, and accompanying running records. Plus, two whole-class diagnostic assessments will help you place your students in the appropriate guided reading groups and assign the right books to read. Check out what teachers are saying about the Sam and Friends books:
“Just what my struggling middle school and high school readers need!”
“I use these books with my third and fourth grade intervention students. They love the books and ask if we are reading Sam and Friends
today. They apply the comprehension strategies in these books to other stories. So glad to have these resources!”
“I teach ESL and my kids haven’t been taught phonics properly. Fortunately, Sam and Friends does just that and speeds up quickly. I also like that I can send the books home and not charge the parents–we all love that. Also, the stories aren’t about something stupid, like cats and dogs."
Your older students will enjoy reading about the comical adventures of Sam and his friends: Tom, Kit, and Deb. Oh, and also Sam’s dog, Pug. Each book is cleverly illustrated by master cartoonist, David Rickert. These books are fun to read and fun to teach!
Each book has focus sound-spellings and sight words, which are included throughout the story. The 5 SCRIP comprehension questions (Summary, Connect, Re-think, Interpret, Predict) per story are ideal for guided reading instruction, readers workshop, literacy centers, and parent-supervised homework.
Additionally, all 54 books provide a 30-second word fluency practice on the focus sound-spellings and sight words with a systematic review of previously introduced sound-spellings and sight words. Your students will improve reading fluency as they develop automaticity with the common sound-spellings and high utility sight words.
Diagnostic Assessments: The whole-class diagnostic assessments will help you determine each sound-spelling not yet mastered by your students. You place students in guided reading groups and assign the appropriate collection of books for each group. The books are organized in the following instructional sequence.
Books 1-8: Short Vowels and Consonants
Books 9-16: Consonant Blends and Digraphs (Part 1)
Books 17-24: Consonant Blends and Digraphs (Part 2)
Books 25-34: Long Vowels and Silent Final e
Books 35-44: r-controlled Vowels and Diphthongs
Books 45-54: Syllable Juncture and Derivational Influences
Formative Assessments: Each story has a custom-designed running record
assessment with 200 words. Teachers may choose to complete running records on unpracticed or practiced books and may choose to assess with every book, once a week, or at the end of the phonics collection. Please note that teachers may choose not to complete running records, but the running record assessments are provided for each book if the teacher chooses to use these methods of assessment and progress monitoring.
Your students will see measurable progress in improving their phonics and sight word mastery, reading fluency, and reading comprehension with the Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books
The Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books
perfectly complement the systematic and explicit phonics instruction found in the author’s comprehensive reading intervention program: Teaching Reading Strategies
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What are the reading levels of the Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books provided in the free download and what are the levels for the entire series of 54 books?
Excellent question! I just added a Reading Levels Correlation Chart to the pop-up preview. Hope you can read it. The answer depends on which reading level system you are referencing. In the sample, Book 18 would be the following: Reading Recovery 7, Fountas-Pinnell E, DRA 8, Basal Grade 1, and Lexile (Below #); Book 31: 11, G, 12, Basal Grade 2, 200 Book 49: 22, N, 30, Basal Grade 3, 500.
The first Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Book 1 (not shown as a sample) would be the following: Reading Recovery A, Fountas-Pinnell A, DRA A, Basal Readiness/Pre-Primer, and Lexile (Below #)
The last Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Book 54 (not shown as a sample) would be the following: Reading Recovery 26, Fountas-Pinnell Q, R, S, DRA 40, Basal Grade 4, and Lexile 799.
Of course, these are progressive decodable texts (short vowels through syllable juncture/derivational influences) with two sight words added per book for a total of 108. This means that the phonics and sight words are the priorities and not the controlled vocabulary, syllable numbers, and sentence length, plus other factors used to level books.
The diagnostic assessments place your students in just the right Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books collection. So easy!
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