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CLICK HERE to receive a FREE quarterly e-newsletter from the Reading League. Or, become a member of The Reading League and receive a hard copy of their journal three times a year.

One way to stay current with trusted scientific research, and how to put this research into practice.

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CLICK HERE for a link to the Ontario branch.

CLICK HERE for a link to the main International branch.

By becoming a member of the IDA, you will receive:

  • Perspectives: A quarterly periodical

  • Annals of Dyslexia: A semi-annual peer-reviewed research journal

  • Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal - free online access

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CLICK HERE for their Virtual Teaching Resource Hub with lesson templates and sample lessons and videos. 

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"The DLD Project distributes evidence-based information, resources and training created by contributors from around the globe.

Click on the right for the International DLD Research Conference presentations. 

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The Ontario Branch of the IDA has a good explanation of what decodable texts are, and the difference between these and "levelled readers" that are typically used in schools. CLICK HERE for a link to this page on their website.

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CLICK HERE for a scope & sequence that roughly matches these decodables, including dates from September to June!

These are good decodables, which is ironic, because Journeys is best known for 'balanced literacy' approaches. FREE to download in pdf.

I like them because:

  • they sound like authentic stories (except the first couple, which is challenging as students have only been taught a couple of patterns)

  • the illustrations and characters are varied, which makes it seem more authentic

  • there is a variety of fiction and non-fiction

  • the "cumulative" nature of the spelling patterns in these stories is very good (constantly reviewing previously learned patterns)

  • there are several stories that give students practice in the same spelling pattern, so lots of fresh opportunities to read books with the same pattern

  • they are FREE online and are easy to use and access

  • the scope & sequence makes total sense to me

  • The only challenge is that they do not build much knowledge

CLICK HERE to download online - download the pdf files.

CLICK HERE to purchase in hard copy.

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These are the books I have:

  • Alba Series

  • Magic Belt Series

  • Totem Series

  • Rescue Series (more advanced)

  • Moondog (free to download)

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The "Catch Up" decodable books from this company are so effective for my Gr. 4 - adult students, some of them cannot wait to learn the next spelling pattern to be able to read the next book! 

I love these 'catch up readers' because:

  • they have engaging and mature storylines (for older struggling readers)

  • they contain high quality vocabulary and sentence structure, so lots to discuss

  • there are several series that work in the exact the same way and have the exact same structure (which makes students feel safe and confident):

                1) Read the word lists that contain the targeted spelling pattern;

                2) Read the vocabulary list (they read the word, and I read the definition);

                3) There are always 4 very short "chapters" - something students can count on. 

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD FREE digital copies of one of their series!

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S.P.I.R.E.

These are tried, tested, and true decodable readers. They have 6 Sets, and 2 sets per set (so, Set 1A/1B, Set 2A/2B, Set 3A/3B, etc). I am not a fan of their scope and sequence. It is just confusing for me, with not a lot of cumulative practice. Also, for some books, there are not nearly enough words for students to get lots of practice. For the "qu", for example, (Set 2A and 2B, there are only 3-4 "qu" words, and the words chosen were really difficult (e.g., squelch, squid).

However, Set 1 and 2 are good for beginning readers, and Set 5 & 6 have very engaging and important content knowledge. They love learning about sharks and molecules and King Tut, etc. 

They are also good for online learning as it is so EASY download the Kindle App, then purchase these on Amazon.

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The decodable passages from The Literacy Nest (find them on Teachers Pay Teachers HERE).

I use these one-pagers all the time to make sure that my students are getting enough practice reading words with the new spelling pattern I am teaching. Some of the stories don't make sense, but lots do, and they are just simple, quick, and easy to use!

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These Australian decodables are now distributed through The Reading League in Canada and the US. 

I haven't used them, but if The Reading League is distributing them, they must be good! 

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These are my favourite decodable books for very beginning readers. Written by Nora Gaydos, these stories are cute and make sense, and they help children read with fluency due to lots of repetition.

For online tutoring for very beginners, I download the Kindle App, then purchase these on Amazon for $0.99/set of 10 books!

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High interest and completely decodable. 
Canadian author from Ontario.

Her scope and sequence is slow and makes sense to me if working with students with dyslexia.

Lovely real photos. Author includes multisyllable words (decodable with knowledge of syllable division).

And she includes words to practice the 3 main spelling rules.

CLICK HERE for link to her website.

This is a terrific video about decodable text by Dr. Marnie Ginsberg, founder of Reading Simplified. https://readingsimplified.com/

Reading Simplified has many many many FREE videos for teachers and parents.

Join Dr. Ginsberg on Tuesdays at 8pm (EST) via Facebook for free workshops!

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FREE ONLINE decodable books! CLICK HERE for link. 

Many of these free online books are not totally decodable (e.g, for the book targeting a_e/ai/ay, there are words like "diagram", "illustrate", etc. - all very difficult to read for children just learning about the "long a" spelling), but I like the storylines. So do my students. They are more authentic. I just underline the words they cannot read and read them for them. 

CLICK HERE for a link to these authentic decodable readers:

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CLICK HERE for Simple Words Books! Great author for older struggling readers - Cigdem Knebel

For online tutoring, download the Kindle App and purchase on Amazon.

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I dont' have as much experience with these, but I really like their scope & sequence and diversity in the illustrations. This is a smaller company with a dedicated  & hard-working team.

Click Here for the Scope and Sequence

CLICK HERE for the home page.

SCROLL DOWN to see everything! Super value.

These books come with matching workbooks too!!

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Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum

A 35-week curriculum of daily phonemic awareness lesson plans. Spending this amount of time as a large group every day is not necessary for most students, but as a program, I think it is helpful to support teachers in understanding more about PA.

There are a couple of things that I wish they would change though. For example, using "eggs" for the "short e" sound is not helpful. Many of my students hear the "long a" sound at the beginning of the word 'egg'. Similarly, using "igloo" for "short i" is confusing. My students hear a "long e" sound at the beginning.
Click Here for a link to some great videos that explain everything about PA.

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Equipped for Reading Success

A MUST HAVE.

Written by Dr. David Kilpatrick

Includes an easy-to-use Phonological Awareness Assessment.

Copyright © 2016 by David A. Kilpatrick,Ph.D

 

CLICK HERE to download FREE and SIMPLE assessment called The PAST TEST.

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Recipe for Reading is a classic book has a simple little scope and sequence on the inside cover, and lots of word lists for each pattern (and even some ideas for introducing new patterns).

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This Keys to Literacy website has a simple little introduction to morphology (prefixes, roots, suffixes), and includes some links to word lists (free resources but you must sign up as a free member).

*Also has photos of fun classroom activities for teaching morphology.

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This is my own scope & sequence 

CLICK HERE for "The Purple Page" (just another example of a scope & sequence)

I don't even go in exactly this order. But it provides some good descriptions of each spelling pattern.

I also made this one that roughly matches the Journeys decodable series.

WORD LISTS 

Very easy! All words in order of length automatically!

Multisyllable WORD LISTS?

So easy! You can use the Word List link above and just scroll down to find multisyllable words. OR, click on this link.

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Morphology PowerPoint Lesson Plans for the junior & intermediate grades ($6.99 AUS) each.

Easy-to-use, practical, and inexpensive digital resources. Written by speech pathologists with a special (and personal) interest in Developmental Language Disorder.

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Ron Yoshimoto resources are terrific and included in any training you take with him.

I love his approach to teaching morphology. It is simple and understandable.

CLICK HERE for morphology cards.

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These "Explode the Code" workbooks are terrific to get children writing and working independently.

 

I love their scope and sequence. The activities are the same each time, so it creates 'safe' feeling for students (they don't have to read new instructions all the time). I use these books to come up with sentences for games and writing tasks. They have two levels: Numbers 1-8 are the original - more basic. Numbers 1 and a half, and 2 and a half, etc. are a little more advanced (but same scope and sequence).

CLICK HERE for Books you can use ONLINE or for PURCHASE in hard copy.

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  • Need some help with lesson planning?

  • Games structured by spelling pattern?

  • Games for students to play while you work with small groups?

  • Games that support word-level reading AND oral language at the same time?

  • Crazy Cards are so engaging, students ask you if they can play even during free time!

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  • 25 decks of cards organized by spelling pattern

  • 150 cvc board games, roll & read, BINGO, and Boom Games 

*Full Disclosure:: I am the creator of these games/courses.

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CORE KNOWLEDGE LANGUAGE ARTS (CKLA) 

  • Complete Language Arts program FREE for K-5 (of course, the training is the most important thing though)

  • Training is excellent

  • Includes a rich language component

  • Combines knowledge building with literacy knowledge instruction

  • CONTENT-RICH programs result in SIGNIFICANTLY better reading achievement - particularly for disadvantaged students

  • Helps students gain broad general knowledge 

  • Top rated by Ed Reports.

*It would be great if we could supplement the history content with CANADIAN history content, but this is still an excellent example of a knowledge-building curriculum. 

 

Read "The Knowledge Gap" by Natalie Wexler to understand how critical knowledge- building is to redmediating systemic literacy issues.

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Click Here to learn more about Wit & Wisdom's comprehension core classroom language arts curriculum for K-8.

Students are invited to read content-rich and complex texts that build their knowledge of important topics as they master literacy skills. Core texts are wide ranging, varied, and provide a careful balance of literary, informational, and fine art texts. 

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Click Here to learn more. I have not had personal experience using this program, but I have heard good things about it. It looks like an extremely practical, effective, efficient, and cost-effective program for K-2 decoding. Teachers enjoy using it. I have seen terrific results with student writing!

There are FREE assessments online.

There are many FREE videos you can view to learn more about it.

There are many excellent FREE webinars.

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This is a very popular program. I have heard that it moves at a slow pace, it doesn't come with decodable readers, and it must be used faithfully as intended. But teachers have good things to say about the results they get from using this program.

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I have heard good things about this, as long as the teachers receive the professional development to go along with it. Although this is not a complete Language Arts program, it does address vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. I have heard it is a little dull, but not necessarily for the children!

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The Grammar Project

  • FREE PowerPoint Lesson Plans!

  • VERY ENGAGING, SIMPLE, & EASY TO USE!

  • Take the Prep Work out of Grammar Lesson Planning!

  • Complete Lessons for EACH GRADE (including kindergarten!)

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CLICK HERE to view The Reading League's  list of recommended books  - many of which are considered (or will be considered) classics in the field of reading instruction.

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The ABCs and All Their Tricks

I LOVE THIS BOOK!
This simple inexpensive little reference book will answer any question about phonics, spelling, syllables, the history of English spelling, and more.

Be sure to read p. 1-26 and Appendix C for SUCCINCT explanations of the most important aspects of systematic & explicit phonics instruction.

A MUST HAVE. It will sit on your desk forever.

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The Knowledge Gap

Natalie Wexler

I could not put this book down. It is such a thorough, insightful, and practical read, and it gave me hope for what really needs to happen (past quick and accurate decoding) to make reading instruction, and school in general, more equitable. I learned so much, and changed my practice immediately.

CLICK HERE to read a blog by Andrew Jones that I thought was a terrific summary of Natalie Wexler's book.

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CLICK HERE for francophone resources

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The video is directed at parents and teachers of children in junior- and senior-kindergarten for French first language, and Primary levels for French as a second language instruction, and special education teachers.

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NEW!! Francophone Phonemic Awareness Program

“I can't recommend these lessons enough! I used them during our morning literacy block for 5-10 minutes a day. When we first started, I saw a good handful of students who really struggled with the more basic phonemic tasks. After explicit instruction and guided practice, the improvement was not only visible to me but to the students.”

  • Grade 1/2 French Immersion teacher

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Acadience® Reading is the new name of the DIBELS Next® literacy assessment. It is the same DIBELS assessment authored by researchers Dr. Roland Good and Dr. Ruth Kaminski.

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FREE assessments

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  • phoneme segmentation

  • phonics survey

  • high-frequency words

  • in-depth knowledge you can use for small group placement

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Decoding Assessment

CLICK HERE for a link to this book the FREE Gallistel Ellis decoding assessment. Easy-to-use immediately. 

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  • FREE PowerPoint Lesson Plans!

  • VERY ENGAGING, SIMPLE, & EASY TO USE!

  • Take the Prep Work out of Syntax and punctuation planning!

  • Complete Lessons for EACH GRADE (including kindergarten!)

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Lexia Learning is a popular digital-focused structured literacy program. I have heard good things about this program as a SUPPLEMENT to a good structured literacy program, but for students who struggle with reading and are not getting good support at school, they HATE IT (I have heard this first-hand several times).

 

It is NOT a substitute or an answer to give to struggling readers.

They need INTERVENTION with a kind/patient experienced/qualified structured literacy teacher.

 

If using LEXIA in your school, the principal and superintendent in your board can easily monitor how much the teacher is logging on to support the students, and follow up with teachers to make sure that they are teaching the spelling patterns that the students are practising on Lexia.

 

LEXIA is a practice tool, not a teaching tool! Teachers must teach first and foremost.

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Nessy is a company from the UK, and they have a multitude of products and programs to choose from. I use some of their worksheets with my students because they are really fun, and VERY EASY TO TURN INTO GAMES. I find the worksheets really useful as reinforcements as well. However, just like LEXIA (above), Nessy is not an intervention. It is a great supplement. For students who struggle, they need INTERVENTION WITH A KIND AND EXPERIENCED STRUCTURED LITERACY TEACHER.

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Kindergarten Cue Card - FREE download

A little resource I created many years ago to help teachers/ECEs help children start off on the right foot with learning about sounds and letters. Includes lots of playful ideas to learn about the alphabet

Click on the pic to download.

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This is where I got my MAGNETIC LETTERS - foam, black outline, lowercase. Click Here.

Lots of other fun resources too.

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These "Explode the Code" workbooks are terrific.

 

I love their scope and sequence. The activities are the same each time, so it creates 'safe' activity for students. I use these books to come up with sentences for games and writing tasks. They have two levels: Numbers 1-8 are the original - more basic. Numbers 1 and a half, and 2 and a half, etc. are a little more advanced (but same scope and sequence).

CLICK HERE for Books you can use ONLINE or for PURCHASE in hard copy.

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Click Here for some very engaging resources. Fun online slide bundles, including morphology (Latin prefixes, roots, suffixes, Greek combining forms). Cute posters for reading strategies.

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Great for card flipping (go to "Randomness") and for Memory Games.

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Fabulous activities. I use this all the time. If you want to use the activities that I have already created (all free with your WordWall subscription), just type in "SoundReaders.com" or (SoundReaders.com) in the search bar.

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My "go to" as I can help students 'build words", build word chains, and upload all of my games and game pieces.

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The Reading Partnership:

A Parent/Family Literacy program

This is the best example of a parent involvement program that invites, includes, and values the contributions that parents and the community make to children's learning.

Check out the videos about this program from East Scarborough (outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

This is the best example of parent involvement I have seen. They have created beautiful resources (with books that are written by students), an organized and succinct website, and several meaningful projects - all led by founder Camesha Cox, MEd.