The Teaching Reading Strategies and Sam and Friends Phonics Books BUNDLE
is designed for non-readers or below grade level readers with low fluency, poor comprehension, and lack of decoding skills. Ideal for tiered response to intervention with pull-out or push-in reading intervention for remedial readers, special education students with auditory and visual processing disorders, English-language learners, and adult ed. This full-year (or half-year intensive) program provides whole-class diagnostic reading assessments to pinpoint specific reading deficits for students ages eight-adult.
Here's what teachers are saying re: the Teaching Reading Strategies Intervention Program
"I love the assessments. The students were much more willing to try when they understood that they would work on skills they as individuals were missing. The worksheets are detailed enough to really cover the material without overwhelming the students. The program is structured so that I can easily work with a small group or individual as needed to fill instructional gaps."
"I am working with one class of ESL students and two classes of Read 180 students with behavior issues and have been struggling to find methods to address their specific areas of weakness.I just wanted to thank you for creating these explicit and extensive resources for students in need. Thank you!"
Re: The Sam and Friends Phonics Books
"Just what my struggling l readers need!"
"By the way, I got Sam and Friends a few weeks ago, and I love it. I teach ESL in South Korea. Phonics is poorly taught here, so teaching phonics means going back to square one. Fortunately, Sam and Friends does that and speeds up pretty quickly. I also like that I can send it home and not charge the parents - we all love that. I like it a lot! It's also not about something stupid, like cats and dogs."
Teachers describe the Teaching Reading Strategies program as...
Minimal teacher prep design with scripted direct instruction and easy-to-implement small group and individualized instruction, suitable for the beginning reading teacher as well as for the veteran reading specialist. The program includes five YouTube training videos
to learn how to use each of the key program components.
Every resource, activity, and audio recording has been designed with older children, teenagers, and adults in mind. No primary cartoon illustrations and no juvenile reading content.
Teaching Reading Strategies is a balanced reading curriculum, emphasizing phonemic awareness acquisition and systematic and explicit phonics instruction, coupled with extensive syllabication, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary development.
Get these essential resources in Teaching Reading Strategies:
Simple Program Placement
The Teaching Reading Strategies program includes three assessments to help teachers properly place students in the program: the Vowel and Consonant Sounds Phonics Assessments (audio file included), the Diagnostic Spelling Assessment (audio file included), and the Individual Fluency Assessment.
Whole Class Instruction: Blending
The scripted sound-by-sound spelling blending instructional sequence will help students learn all of the vowel and consonant sound-spellings in just 18 weeks of instruction.
Whole Class Instruction: Syllable Transformers and Syllabication
Students practice sound-spelling syllable transformations and syllable patterns with whole class interactive practice and syllable worksheets.
Whole Class Instruction: Comprehension Worksheets
Teaching Reading Strategies provides direct instruction and practice in reading comprehension with the SCRIP Comprehension Worksheets. Students read the 43 leveled (at third, fifth, and seventh grade) expository articles about animals and apply the summarize, connect, re-think, interpret, and predict comprehension strategies to promote internal reader dialog with the text. These "talking to the text" strategies help students learn to read independently and improve reading comprehension and retention. SCRIP comprehension bookmarks help remind students of each of these key strategies.
Each article describes the physical characteristics of the animal, the animal's habitat, what the animal eats, the animal's family, interesting facts, and the status of the species (endangered or not). The writing is engaging, and students (and teachers) enjoy learning about both common and uncommon animals. Each worksheet lists five content-specific comprehension SCRIP questions in the margins next to the relevant text. The articles also highlight three vocabulary words to be defined, using the SALE (synonyms, antonyms, logic, and examples) context clue strategies. All answers are provided, of course.
With canned reading intervention programs, teachers wind up spending too much time teaching what many of their remedial readers already know and too little time helping students practice what they do not know.
The 13 diagnostic reading assessments pinpoint the specific reading deficits for each of your students. All but the individual fluency assessment are in multiple choice format. That’s right. No time-consuming individualized testing—use Scantrons® or Grade Cam® if you wish. Each of the 13 assessments is comprehensive and prescriptive. Everything you need to teach (or not teach) is assessed and instructional resources match every assessment item. Plus, 8 of the 13 tests include convenient audio files for easy test administration.
The 13 program assessments include…
Syllable Awareness, Syllable Rhyming, Phonemic Isolation, Phonemic Blending, Phonemic Segmenting, Alphabetic Upper and Lower Case Letter Match and Alphabetic Sequencing, Vowel Sounds Phonics Assessment, Consonant Sounds Phonics Assessment, Outlaw Words Assessment, Rimes Assessment, Sight Syllables Assessment, Diagnostic Spelling Assessment, and an Individual Fluency Assessment
All assessment data is recorded on two comprehensive matrices for simple progress monitoring.
Small Group Phonemic Awareness Workshops
The Teaching Reading Strategies program includes extensive phonemic awareness activities which perfectly correspond with the phonemic awareness assessments. Students fill in the gaps to ensure a solid foundation for learning the phonetic code by learning to hear, identify, and manipulate the phonemes.
The program includes short, focused phonemic awareness activities designed for small group instruction in alphabetic awareness, rhyming, syllable awareness and manipulation, phonemic isolation, blending, and segmentation.
Small Group Phonics Workshops
Teaching Reading Strategies provides 35 quick phonics workshop activities with worksheets which exactly correspond with the vowel and consonant sounds phonics assessments. Each of these activities and worksheets provides targeted practice and a short formative assessment to ensure mastery. Answers are provided.
Individualized Spelling Pattern Worksheets
Although the Teaching Reading Strategies program focuses on explicit and systematic phonics (decoding) instruction, teachers know that encoding (spelling instruction) is just as important for developing readers to build dexterity with the alphabetic code.
The 102 Spelling Pattern Worksheets correspond to the Diagnostic Spelling Assessment and provide the perfect activity to keep "the rest of the class busy and productive" while you teach small group workshops. Students complete spelling sorts, rhymes, word jumbles, and brief book searches. After completing each worksheet, the students self-correct to learn from their own mistakes and complete a short formative assessment.
Small Group and Individualized Reading Fluency Practice
Both teachers and students love the 43 expository animal fluency articles, each marked with words per line to help students monitor their own fluency progress. Fluency timing charts are provided.
Each of the 43 articles is composed in a leveled format—the first two paragraphs are at third grade reading level, the next two are at the fifth grade reading level, and the last two are at the seventh grade reading level. Slower readers get practice on controlled vocabulary and are pushed to read at the higher reading levels, once the contextual content has been established. Faster readers are challenged by the increasingly difficult multi-syllabic vocabulary.
Reading research emphasizes the effectiveness of modeled readings with repetitive practice. The Teaching Reading Strategies program provides two options for fluency practice: 1. Small group choral readings and 2. YouTube videos with modeled readings at three different speeds for each of the 43 articles
. Students practice reading at their individual challenge levels along with the videos.
Reading and Spelling Game Cards
The teacher’s guide provides 586 reading and spelling game card masters for display and interactive instruction. The cards are business card size, so they are ideal for spreading out on small surface areas (such as student desks) to play blending and spelling games. Dozens of fun games
are provided to help your students practice automaticity in the alphabet, phonics, sight words, vocabulary word parts, and spelling. Heavy duty cardstock sets of these flashcards are sold on the author's website here
. Why copy, print, and cut them when you can order them in colorful boxed sets for each of your students?
The game cards include the following:
-43 animal sound-spelling vowel, vowel team, and consonant cards
-45 consonant blend cards
-60 alphabet cards (including upper and lower case with font variations)
-90 rimes cards with example words
-108 sight-spelling "outlaw" word cards
-60 high frequency Greek and Latin prefix and suffix cards with definitions and example words
-60 vowel and vowel team spelling cards
-90 consonant and consonant blend spelling cards
-30 commonly confused homonyms with context clue sentences
-60 most-often misspelled challenge word cards
Your students deserve the finest reading intervention program. Teaching Reading Strategies
provides the tools for you to craft that program to the needs of your students. Want more information? Check out the Teaching Reading Strategies Introductory Video.
In addition to the Teaching Reading Strategies
program, the BUNDLE
also includes the accompanying 54 take home Sam and Friends Phonics Books
. These eight-page decodable books reinforce what the students learn in the Teaching Reading Strategies program. Ideal for guided reading instruction
and homework! Perfect for remedial readers, special education, English-language learners, and adult ed.
The 54 Sam and Friends Take Home Phonics Books
have been designed to supplement a systematic our explicit phonics strand of the Teaching Reading Strategies program. Each illustrated eight-page book focuses on one sound with the most common sound-spelling patterns and two high-utility sight words. The books do not require a separate teacher’s guide. All instructional activities are included in the books themselves.
The books are illustrated by master cartoonist, David Rickert. The cartoons are designed to be appreciated by older remedial readers. Your students will love these books. Each book story stands alone, but the series has the continuity of story lines that will make your students want to read the entire set.
The teenage characters are multi-ethnic and the stories reinforce positive values and character development. Your students (and parents) will love these fun, heart-warming, and comical stories about the adventures of Sam and his friends: Tom, Kit, and Deb. Oh, and also that crazy dog, Pug.
The stories use non-predictable, non-repetitious, and non-patterned language to minimize over-reliance upon context clues and knowledge of text structure. The texts limit idiomatic expressions (ideal for English-language learners). Students will learn the alphabetic code with these books.
Design and Instructional Components
* The Sam and Friends Take Home Phonics Books have been organized into five collections:
Collection A: Short Vowels and Consonants
Collection B: Consonant Blends and Digraphs (Part 1)
Collection C: Consonant Blends and Digraphs (Part 2)
Collection D: Long Vowels and Silent Final e
Collection E: r-controlled Vowels and Diphthongs
Collection F Syllable Juncture and Derivational Influences
Each take home book includes five SCRIP comprehension questions (Summary, Connect, Re-think, Interpret, Predict) to promote internal monitoring of text. The comprehension questions are ideal for teacher and/or parent guided reading instruction, readers’ workshop, literacy centers, and literature circles. The SCRIP comprehension strategies (Summary, Connect, Re-think, Interpret, Predict) are embedded within the text pages, not placed at the end of the book.
The back page of each book introduces the focus sound-spellings and sight words and also includes 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.
Teachers are licensed to copy and distribute all 54 of these economical digital take home books for their own students. Each book has eight pages in 5.5 x 8.5 inch booklet form. Books are formatted to be copied back to back on 8.5 x 11 pages. Simply print the odd pages, then flip the pages in the copier and print the even pages. Detailed instructions included. Just one fold creates the take home books. Staple if you wish.