This kit includes a teacher manual and blackline masters for decodable books and reading portfolios. Students use their portfolios daily in reading groups, as well as for independent practice. The portfolios are filled with pages that display letters, CV blends (to introduce coarticulation), CVC words and sight words, as well as sentences. Students read and reread these pages for automaticity. Additionally, students practice letter formation, followed by spelling at the word and sentence level. After many days of practice, students then read books with these new and previously learned CVC and sight words. Finally, students write one-sentence summaries for each book. This program is designed specifically for Kindergarten students and as an intervention for grades 1-3.
Free Online Training: To maximize the effectiveness of this kit, go to the free online Teacher Instructional Videos that are aligned to the teacher manual. Follow the videos, chapter-by-chapter, to learn how to assess students, plan for instruction, master instructional strategies, and implement the different activities in this program.
Benefits of this Kit: Imagine all students, whether in General Education, Special Education, or English Language Learners, successfully reading. Marvel as these children immediately learn sight words, as well as letters and blending to their read books. This kit provides all the tools, directions, and support needed to make this image become reality!
Revised Kit: This newly revised kit resulted from the constant feedback of primary grade teachers and reading specialists (mostly Michelle L. Myers) implementing this program. The results of these revisions include the new interactive student reading portfolios, unique and engaging instructional puppets, as well as entertaining independent centers for repeated practice so all children learn to read.
Independent Student centers: Students practice skills learned in their reading groups by watching and interacting with the Nancy Fetzer’s Emergent Reading Kit’s FREE Online Alphabet Cartoons. Theses online videos are approximately 8-10 minutes in length.
Reading Portfolios: Each color group has specific blackline masters that are duplicated and stapled together into reading portfolios. Students use their portfolios daily in reading groups, as well as for independent practice. The portfolios are filled with pages that display letters, CV blends, CVC words and sight words, as well as sentences. Students read and reread these pages for automaticity. After many days of practice, students then read books with these new and previously learned words.
Sight Word Boards: Sight Words are high-frequency words students learn to read “as fast as a snap”, or with automaticity. Each reading level introduces specific sight words. After a word is introduced to the students (utilizing chants, white boards, body and sky writing), they then practice reading these words in their Sight Word Boards’ books. On completion of this entire kit, students will know how to read forty-eight, high-frequency words.
Letter and Blending Boards: After a letter or letters are introduced, students practice (for mastery) their names and sounds using the letter boards. These mastered letters are then listed in CV combinations on CV Blending Strips. Using the Tap-Tap-Sing-Say method, the teacher guides students to blend the two letter sounds together, then students practice on their CV Blend Board pages. Finally, students advance to three-letter CVC blends that are first practiced with the teacher on Blending Strips, then on their own with the Blend board pages.
Dictation Word Lists and Sentences: The reading portfolios have dictation activities. These pages are for students to record dictated word lists and sentences made up of new and previously-learned CVC and sight words.
Decodable Books: The entire purpose of this program, is for students to learn to read. The twenty-six reading books are for the red, orange, yellow, green and blue reading levels. As students progress through this program, they master specific sight words and successfully blend taught letters into simple short vowel CVC words, followed by decodable books to practice these skills in flowing text. Additionally, every book has a comprehension questions and activities so students focus, not only on fluency, but also on the meaning of the text.