Providing children with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of words immediately into connected text is an important part of early literacy development. This resource is filled with 32 stories, all aligned to weekly spelling lists. The stories can be used independently or with the MacMillan McGraw-Hill Treasures series for first grade. The stories are original stories, written by Krista Lynch, that gradually progress in level of difficulty. The book comes with weekly possible spelling lists and bonus words, as well as a page of ideas for how the stories might be used to help students become more proficient readers. One of the biggest benefits of using Silly Spelling Stories as a part of a balanced literacy program is seeing young readers develop confidence in tackling greater volumes of text without picture support. It is exactly the type of practice students need to prepare them for DIBELS or other Oral Reading Fluency Assessments.