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Resources to Teach The Science of Reading Components

Literacy, Science of Reading

Written by: Krys Warstillo

You know that Brady Bunch episode where Jan gets upset because she’s not getting the attention? She cries, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.” In my head, that’s what’s been happening the last few years in the world of literacy. Science of reading, or SOR, is on every reading teacher’s radar. If you’re on board with using science of reading components in your classroom and looking for resources that align with SOR principles, then you’re in the right place!

resources to teach the science of reading components

What Is The Science of Reading?

Before we dive into the resources let’s make sure we’re all on the same page. I like how clear this definition from Really Great Reading is, “​​The science of reading is a body of research that incorporates insights and research from disciplines that include developmental psychology, educational psychology, cognitive science, and cognitive neuroscience.“ In other words, it’s the scientific body of work that lays out the best practices for teaching our students to read. With that definition in our pockets, let’s take a look at the resources. 

Science of Reading Component #1

Explicit & Systematic Phonics Instruction

This is the science of reading component you’ve probably heard the most about. Learning to speak comes naturally but learning to read must be taught explicitly and systematically. Your curriculum will vary from school district to school district so we’ve created supplemental resources that work with any existing curriculum. 

resources to teach explicit and sy

Resource #1: Weekly Teacher Planner

If you’re one of the teachers on our Sunday Freebie email list then you know all about the Weekly Teacher Planner. It offers ideas and resources for weekly phonics, reading, grammar, and writing instruction. Join the mailing list to get weekly plans straight to your inbox each week. 

free weekly teaching ideas that work with any curriculum

Resource #2: Sound Wall

The Lucky Little Learners Sound Wall is a science of reading strategy that supports explicit instruction of phonemes. If you’re curious about how to use a sound wall in your instructional setting you can check out the Let’s Talk About the Classroom Sound Wall blog post for a more in-depth look. Here’s a sample lesson to walk you through how to use the sound wall during phonics instruction.

sound wall to help with phoneme instruction

Resource #3: Spiral ELA

If you’re in need of a resource that’s can be a touchpoint throughout the whole year take a look at the 2nd Grade ELA Spiral Review or 1st Grade ELA Spiral Review. These print and go review sheets are great for morning work, homework, or whole group review of previously taught skills. 

Resource #4: Phonics Day by Day

These no-prep worksheets can be used in any order you’d like to support the phonics curriculum you’re using in your classroom. Phonics Day by Day offers a low-pressure and quick dose of practice for your students. 

no prep phonics worksheets for low pressure practice in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms

Download Phonics Day by Day HERE

Science of Reading Component #2

Mastering Phonological Awareness

 If you’re finding that your students have some gaps in their phonological awareness that require targeted phonological awareness interventions there are a few blog posts with tons of extra information (click those linked phrases above). These posts reference two fantastic resources.

resources to help kids master phonological awareness

Resource #1: Phonological Awareness Toothy

It’s the Toothy you know and love, with a twist! Phonological Awareness Toothy includes 45 sets of phonological and phonemic awareness skills. It includes early, basic, and advanced phonological awareness activity sets. This is one of my favorite teaching tools for science of reading because it’s an activity that a parent volunteer or assistant lead with minimal direction. Each card has easy-to-follow adult directions and a script. 

Download Phonological Awareness Toothy HERE

Resource#2 : Small Group Intervention & Literacy Kit

If you think your students need some phonological awareness support but aren’t exactly sure where to begin try using the literacy screener from the Small Group Intervention and Literacy Kit. It will help you pinpoint learning gaps. 

Download Literacy Kit Resources HERE

Science of Reading Component #3

Small Group Instruction

A science of reading component that many teachers are using is small group instruction. Grouping students based on knowledge and skill deficit makes for more impactful small group lessons. These resources offer students fun opportunities to show growth and mastery in skills they’re learning during small group instruction.

science of reading resources for small group instruction

Resource #1: Phonics Toothy

Toothy is a student favorite for a reason. It’s fun and so adaptable. There are 70+ phonics sets included in the bundle so you can ensure that each student is working on the skills where they are showing deficits. Phonics Toothy can be played in the small group setting to reinforce a skill they just learned or assigned as an independent task following small group instruction. 

phonics toothy game to practice long vowel sounds

Download Phonics Toothy HERE

Resource #2: Phonics Centers

These centers will keep your students practicing their phonics skills with meaningful and purposeful activities. These centers are engaging, rigorous, and hands-on. Your students will love them! Just like Phonics Toothy these centers can be used as a small group activity or as independent work to following a small group lesson.  

final syllables phonics center for 2nd grade

Download Phonics Centers HERE

Science of Reading Component #4

Using Data to Drive Instruction 

If you’re feeling good about the science of reading then I know you’re behind data-driven instruction, too. Assessments (or screeners) that determine skill needs help to ensure that we’re spending time teaching where our students need it the most. Class time is precious and data that highlights learning gaps can lead to more impactful instruction. The Small Group Literacy Kit (I mention it so many times in this post… it’s THAT good) includes phonics and phonemic awareness surveys to find weaknesses then follows them up with phonics, phonemic awareness, and fluency trackers.  

Download Literacy Kit Resources HERE

Science of Reading Component #5

Orthographic Mapping & High-Frequency Words

Resource: Small Group Literacy Kit

The first science of reading component that made it into my classroom was orthographic mapping. Shifting from rote memorization of sight words to orthographic mapping and the analysis of sounds when teaching high-frequency words is a game changer! The Small Group Literacy Kit has a ton of fantastic components that align with SOR. Make sure to add the word building cards, mats, and heart words to your literacy block.

heart word routine materials to practice high frequency words in first and 2nd grade

Download Sight Word Interventions HERE

Science of Reading Component #6

Whole Group Comprehension and Language Instruction

Resource: 2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Passages

These Reading Comprehension Passages are skill-focused. There are 3 levels of difficulty with word counts for fluency tracking and timed-repeated readings that help build fluency. They’re full of great vocabulary (plus a set that focuses on vocabulary & context clues) and depending on your students’ skill levels they can answer the comprehension questions as a whole group or independently. 

comprehension and language skill focused reading passages for 2nd grade

Download 2nd Grade Reading Passages HERE

Science of Reading Components

If you’re looking to integrate more science of reading components into your literacy instruction there are so many Lucky Little Learners options. Do you have ideas for other SOR aligned resources you’d like to see? Leave a comment below or in our Facebook Group

resources to teach the science of reading components


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