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Sam and Friends Phonics Books (Guided Reading eBooks to Accompany Teaching Reading Strategies)

Sam and Friends Phonics Books (Guided Reading eBooks to Accompany Teaching Reading Strategies)

The 54 Sam and Friends Phonics Books are used as independent and guided practice to reinforce explicit and systematic phonics instruction. These eight-page decodable books reinforce what the students learn in the Teaching Reading Strategies reading intervention program. Ideal for guided reading instruction and homework! Perfect for remedial readers, special education, English-language learners, and adult ed.

"Just what my struggling middle school and high school readers need!"

Joy Hutchings

"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

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Each illustrated eight-page book focuses on one sound with the most common sound-spelling patterns and two high-utility sight words. The books do not require a separate teacher’s guide. All instructional activities are included in the books themselves. 

The books are illustrated by master cartoonist, David Rickert. The cartoons are designed to be appreciated by older readers. The teenage characters are multi-ethnic and the stories reinforce positive values and character development. Your students (and parents) will love these fun, heart-warming, and comical stories about the adventures of Sam and his friends: Tom, Kit, and Deb. Oh, and also that crazy dog, Pug. Each book story stands alone, but the series has the continuity of story lines that will make your students want to read the entire set.

The teenage characters are multi-ethnic and the stories reinforce positive values and character development. Your students (and parents) will love these fun, heart-warming, and comical stories about the adventures of Sam and his friends: Tom, Kit, and Deb. Oh, and also that crazy dog, Pug.

The stories use non-predictable, non-repetitious, and non-patterned language to minimize over-reliance upon context clues and knowledge of text structure. The texts limit idiomatic expressions (ideal for English-language learners). Students will learn the alphabetic code with these books.

Design and Instructional Components

* The Sam and Friends Take Home Phonics Books have been organized into five collections:

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

Each take home book includes five SCRIP comprehension questions (Summary, Connect, Re-think, Interpret, Predict) to promote internal monitoring of text. The comprehension questions are ideal for teacher and/or parent guided reading instruction, readers’ workshop, literacy centers, and literature circles. The SCRIP comprehension strategies (Summary, Connect, Re-think, Interpret, Predict) are embedded within the text pages, not placed at the end of the book.

The back page of each book introduces the focus sound-spellings and sight words and also includes 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. 

Teachers are licensed to copy and distribute all 54 of these economical digital take home books for their own students. Each book has eight pages in 5.5 x 8.5 inch booklet form. Books are formatted to be copied back to back on 8.5 x 11 pages. Simply print the odd pages, then flip the pages in the copier and print the even pages. Detailed instructions included. Just one fold creates the take home books. Staple if you wish.

Make sure to follow printing directions exactly. Since these are foldover eight-page booklets, they can't be printed one book at a time. You'll need to print all 54 books to create your back-to-back masters. Of course, you can buy the printed copies from me, along with the Teaching Reading Strategies program here at a nice bundle discount or take the file to your local Office Depot or Staples to print (as I do).

The Sam and Friends Phonics Books are used as independent and guided practice to reinforce the explicit and systematic phonics instruction of the Teaching Reading Strategies program. Also check out the corresponding Reading and Spelling Game Cards for fun games and individualized phonics, sight words, and vocabulary practice. Why not save $20 on these 54 take-home books by purchasing the Teaching Reading Strategies and Sam and Friends Phonics Books BUNDLE? CLICK HERE.

  • $ 5999



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