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Teaching Reading Strategies and Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books BUNDLE

Teaching Reading Strategies and Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books BUNDLE

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The Teaching Reading Strategies and Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM BUNDLE (digital download eBooks of both programs) is designed for non-readers or below grade level readers with low fluency, poor comprehension, and lack of decoding skills. Ideal as both Tier II or III pull-out or push-in reading intervention for remedial readers, special education students with auditory and visual processing disorders, and English-language learners. This full-year (or half-year intensive) program provides whole-class diagnostic reading assessments to pinpoint specific reading deficits for students ages eight-adult. 

Re: Teaching Reading Strategies Reading Intervention

"I was tasked with teaching reading to 5th and 6th graders who were reading at the 1st grade level. We made some major progress with this in our arsenal! Rating: 4.0"

Phoenix A Pineda

"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 program is structured so that I can easily work with a small group or individual as needed to fill instructional gaps."

Jules Stras 

"An extensive product suitable for students of all ages. Love that it is suitable testing and resources for older students with reading difficulties- there are too few suitable resources for this age group. Reading passages are appealing with attached ideas on how to best target each one."

Felicia B.

"Perfect for my ESL students!"

Cathy Ford

"I am an Instructional Coach and am responsible for running RTI groups, this is the perfect resource that I have been looking for! Thank you so much for creating it!"

Jamie Kidwell

Re: Sam and Friends Phonics Books

"Just what my struggling l readers need!"

Joy Hutchings, Middle School and High School Reading Intervention

"By the way, I got Sam and Friends a few weeks ago, and I love it. I teach ESL in S 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." 

Joseph Curd, 4th Grade ESL

I used these books with my third and fourth grade intervention students. They loved the books and would ask if we were reading Sam and Friends today. They would predict what they thought would happen and there was the opportunity to make connections from the other stories! I also used the animal passages from the other kit offered that apply the same strategies. (the SCRIP comprehension strategies used in the animal reading comprehension and fluency articles) So glad to have these resources! Thanks!!! 

Angelo Moreno

Check out the brief Teaching Reading Strategies Introductory Video

    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.

    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 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.

    Diagnostic Assessments

    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 reading recording 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.

    644 Reading, Spelling, and Vocabulary Game Cards and 60 Games
    The 644 Reading, Spelling, and Vocabulary Game Cards are integral instructional components and they are fun! Three flashcard formats are included: 1. Print and Cut 2. Phone Display 3. Tablet and Chromebook Display.
    The Print and Cut game 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. The phone displays work nicely on both Android and iPhones. The tablets and Chromebooks do vary somewhat, but are generally fine. PDF files do not adjust to screen sizes as do epub or other formats.
    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


    Some older children struggle with reading because they have not yet mastered phonics and/or sight words. If you use guided reading in literacy centers or in readers workshop to differentiate reading instruction, if you teach special education to students with auditory processing challenges, if you teach English-language learners, if you teach a reading intervention class, or if you are homeschooling your own child, you know how hard it is to find engaging decodable text for older students.

    The 54 eight-page Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books feature teenage characters, high-interest plots, and non-juvenile cartoons. Each book has embedded reading comprehension questions, word fluency timings, and accompanying running records. Plus, two whole-class diagnostic assessments will help you place your students in the appropriate guided reading groups and assign the right books to read. Check out what teachers are saying about the Sam and Friends books:

    “Just what my struggling middle school and high school readers need!”

    Joy Hutchings

    “I use these books with my third and fourth grade intervention students. They love the books and ask if we are reading Sam and Friends today. They apply the comprehension strategies in these books to other stories. So glad to have these resources!”

    Angelo Moreno

    “I teach ESL and my kids haven’t been taught phonics properly. Fortunately, Sam and Friends does just that and speeds up quickly. I also like that I can send the books home and not charge the parents–we all love that. Also, the stories aren’t about something stupid, like cats and dogs."

    Joseph Curd

    Your older students will enjoy reading about the comical adventures of Sam and his friends: Tom, Kit, and Deb. Oh, and also Sam’s dog, Pug. Each book is cleverly illustrated by master cartoonist, David Rickert. These books are fun to read and fun to teach!

    Each book has focus sound-spellings and sight words, which are included throughout the story. The 5 SCRIP comprehension questions (Summary, Connect, Re-think, Interpret, Predict) per story are ideal for guided reading instruction, readers workshop, literacy centers, and parent-supervised homework.

    Additionally, all 54 books provide 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. Your students will improve reading fluency as they develop automaticity with the common sound-spellings and high utility sight words.

    Assessment-based Instruction

    Diagnostic Assessments: The whole-class diagnostic assessments will help you determine each sound-spelling not yet mastered by your students. You place students in guided reading groups and assign the appropriate collection of books for each group. The books are organized in the following instructional sequence.

    • Books 1-8:       Short Vowels and Consonants           
    • Books 9-16:     Consonant Blends and Digraphs (Part 1)      
    • Books 17-24:   Consonant Blends and Digraphs (Part 2)      
    • Books 25-34:   Long Vowels and Silent Final e        
    • Books 35-44:   r-controlled Vowels and Diphthongs
    • Books 45-54:   Syllable Juncture and Derivational Influences

    Formative Assessments: Each story has a custom-designed running record assessment with 200 words. Teachers may choose to complete running records on unpracticed or practiced books and may choose to assess with every book, once a week, or at the end of the phonics collection. Please note that teachers may choose not to complete running records, but the running record assessments are provided for each book if the teacher chooses to use these methods of assessment and progress monitoring.


    The books are formatted in booklet form for printing and also for digital display on phones, tablets, and Chromebooks. Not every device will display properly, but most will (Android phone, iPhones, iPads, etc.)

    Your students will see measurable progress in improving their phonics and sight word mastery, reading fluency, and reading comprehension with the Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books.


    What are the reading levels of these decodable books?

    The first Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Book 1 (not shown in the preview) would be the following: Reading Recovery A, Fountas-Pinnell A, DRA A, Basal Readiness/Pre-Primer, and Lexile (Below #)

    The last Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Book 54 (not shown as a sample) would be the following: Reading Recovery 26, Fountas-Pinnell Q, R, S, DRA 40, Basal Grade 4, and Lexile 799.

    Of course, these are progressive decodable texts (short vowels through syllable juncture/derivational influences) with two sight words added per book for a total of 108. This means that the phonics and sight words are the priorities and not the controlled vocabulary, syllable numbers, and sentence length, plus other factors used to level books.

    The diagnostic assessments place your students in just the right Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books collection. So easy!

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