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Science of Reading Quick Wins for the Classroom

Literacy, Science of Reading

Written by: Katie Palmer

By now you have heard the words, “Science of Reading” (SoR) uttered a time or two. If you have ever asked yourself, “Just what is SoR, and what are some quick and easy ways to get it into practice in my classroom?”, then you are in the right spot! Check out our top ten Science of Reading quick wins you can apply in your classroom today!

First off, what is the Science of Reading? Basically, it is five decades of research that is now compiled showing exactly how students learn to read and write. It focuses on a structured literacy approach in these five components:

  1. Phonemic Awareness
  2. Phonics
  3. Fluency
  4. Vocabulary
  5. Comprehension

Find out more here: Science of Reading Sample Literacy Block Schedule or here: Resources to Teach the Science of Reading Components.

Decodable Passages

Giving students texts that are truly decodable allows them to feel success while also working on targeted sound skills. Check out this success in action!


#teachersoftiktok #teacherlife #teachers #phonics #decodablereaders

♬ Chill Vibes – Tollan Kim

Decodable Passages

Sounds Game

This game from TikTok user @droppingknowledgewheidi is phenomenal…and free!


I only include letters and sounds that have already been taught! It’s a great way to review and work on these IMPORTANT READING SKILLS! #scienceofreading #learntoread #earlyreadingskills #readingtips #learnontiktok #firstgradersoftiktok #homeschooltips #teachertip #smallgroupinstruction #secondgrade #kindergarten

♬ original sound – Heidi | Reading Tips

Hands On Orthographic Mapping

Try orthographic mapping with a hands on and memorable twist!


Orthographic Mapping, with a twist! 🍋 #teachersoftiktok #2ndgradeteachers #teachertip #toothy

♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim

Orthographic Mapping Toothy Mat

Or check out this magical idea!


What’s your favorite way to practice phonemic awareness?? 🥰 #teachersoftiktok

♬ Bob Ya Head-JP – Western Youths

Sound Boxes Mat

Use a Sound Wall

Gone are the days of traditional word walls. Now we know it is best practice to use a phonetic or sound wall. This matches words not to their initial sound, but focuses on explicit instruction of phonemes and provides decoding practice. Look how cute it is!


Do you use a sound wall? #teachersoftiktok #soundwall

♬ original sound – Lucky Little Learners

Sound Wall

Sweet Syllable Types

Try teaching the six types of syllables in a tasty way students will definitely remember while also creating an anchor chart with the leftovers.


Who knew candy so be so effective for teaching syllables!? 😍 #teachersoftiktok #anchorchart #teacherhack

♬ i want it i got it – Official Sound Studio

Six Syllables Student Chart

Hands On Literacy Interventions

Did you know you could provide targeted literacy interventions with playdoh? Or toy cars??


Hands-on activities are instant ENGAGEMENT! #2ndgradeteachers #1stgradeteacher

♬ sunet original – Tik Toker

Hands-On Literacy Interventions

Leveled Readers Level Up

To truly use a SoR approach in your classroom, it is time to ditch those early leveled readers and switch to decodables. But what to do with all of the old leveled readers? TIkTok user @droppingknowledgewheid has a great idea!


You can still use those books! #scienceofreading #decodablereaders #books #kinder #firstgrade #teacherhack #teacher #edutok #tiptok #teachertip #learnontiktok

♬ GOOD VIBES – Ellen Once Again

Phonics Ladders

This is such a quick and easy way to target a phonics skill.


Phonics ladders NOW AVAILABLE in our shop and on TpT!!! Go check them out! #teachersoftiktok #2ndgradeteachers #teachertip #phonics

♬ original sound – Lucky Little Learners

Phonics Ladders

Heart Words

Teaching high frequency words can be tricking. But instead of expecting memorization of these words, try the heart words strategy.


Have you tried heart words with your students? Give it a try and let us know how it goes! #teachersoftiktok #heartwords

♬ Lo – Official Sound Studio

Heart Words

And here are some easy to find heart words tools. This idea comes from Ms. Craft Kindergarten.


The kids love using their spelling kits to spell heart words! 🥰 No more memorizing words! #teachersoftiktok #mscraftkindergarten #heartwords #spellingkits

♬ Image of cute and bright children and small animals – fasorashi-do

Pop Its

Who knew Pop Its could be such a versatile classroom tool??


Pop-Its can be more than just a sensory tool…what have you used these for? #teachersoftiktok #tiktokteacher #teachertips

♬ Island In The Sun – Weezer

Hopefully these tips help jumpstart your dive into the Science of Reading.

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Happy teaching!


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