In this post, I share information and video replays from five different trainings I have done on the Science of Reading. You’ll find videos on how to effectively use a sound wall, phoneme-grapheme word mapping, how to choose and use decodable texts, effective word study instruction, structured literacy centers aligned to the science of reading, and effective phonemic awareness instruction. These videos provide you with information and resources to help you bring more SoR-aligned instruction to kindergarten, first and second-grade students.
Recently, I hosted a series of training webinars on different topics related to the science of reading. I was thrilled to see the amount of interest you all had in these topics! So many of you took time out of your day to attend the live trainings! Many, MANY more of you requested access to the replays. It is wonderful to see that there are so many of you who are motivated to learn more about the science of reading!
To better help you, I wanted to create one place to post all the information I shared in that week of training. In this post, you will find videos on how to effectively use a sound wall, phoneme-grapheme word mapping, how to choose and use decodable texts, effective word study instruction, and structured literacy centers aligned to the science of reading. In addition to the replays, you’ll get information about SoR-aligned resources and downloadable freebies that support the information shared in the videos.
Science of Reading Training Video #1: How to Effectively Use a Sound Wall in the Classroom
This training video is all about how to use a sound wall in your classroom. I discuss the benefits of using a sound wall and explain how to get started. I dive into the importance of choosing and using a research-based phonics scope & sequence to guide your instruction. Finally, I share my explicit sound wall lesson plans and routines that will help make your sound wall part of your daily instruction.
In the video, I reference my SoR-aligned Phoneme Sound Wall with Mouth Articulation Photos, as well as my Sound Wall Explicit Lessons and Sound Wall Activities. These sound wall lesson plans have everything you need to explicitly and systematically introduce and utilize a sound wall in your classroom.
If you’re ready to dive in, you can download a free sample of my sound wall lesson plans here. This free sample includes explicit lesson plans and student dictionary pages to introduce the 5 short vowel phonemes and graphemes.
Science of Reading Training Video #2: Phoneme Grapheme Word Mapping with K-2 Students
In this video, I chat about how to incorporate WORD MAPPING into your daily instruction for K-2 students. I answer the question, “What is phoneme to grapheme word mapping?” and share the benefits.
In the video, I refer to my Yearlong Word Mapping Activities, as well as my Heart Words Teaching Slides & Activities. These activities give students the systematic practice they need to permanently store words into their sight word memory.
Give both resources a try by downloading FREE samples of each one. Download your FREE CVC Word Mapping resource here. This freebie includes CVC short vowel words for students to map. It is perfect for centers, independent, and guided practice!
Download a FREE sample of my Heart Words resource here. This freebie includes digital heart words teaching slides, information on and tips for teaching heart words, printable student activities for 5 high-frequency words and more!
Science of Reading Training Videos #3 and #4: Choosing and Using High-Quality Decodable Text
These videos are all about using DECODABLE TEXT with K-2 students. In them, I discuss how to choose high-quality decodables. I then share the benefits of using decodable text with students who are learning to read. Finally, I offer explicit lesson routines that you can use with any decodable text.
In this first video, I highlight my Decodable Books Bundle which includes 60 illustrated, decodable books that align with a research-based systematic phonics scope and sequence. Skills include short vowel CVC, blends, digraphs, CVCe, vowel teams, r-controlled vowels, and diphthongs. The resource also includes lesson plans for each book with activities to use before, during, and after reading, as well as student printables and audio recordings of each book! You can download a free sample that includes 5 free decodable books here.
In the second video, I reference my Decodable Passages Bundle with Comprehension Questions and recommend you download a free sample here. This freebie contains 5 decodable passages that align with a research-based, systematic phonics scope and sequence. Explicit lesson plans for each passage are provided for the teacher, as well as student activities for before, during, and after reading. While this resource follows the same scope and sequence as the decodable books bundle, the texts are not the same.
I also share details about my Decodable Sentence Building Bundle. This resource is the perfect extension activity to use with the Decodable Passages bundle. It is both printable and digital, and can be used for student practice, independent work, or as a literacy center! Get a FREE sample here.
Science of Reading Training Video #4: Effective Phonics Word Study Instruction
In this video, I talk about how to effectively incorporate Word Study into your structured literacy classroom. Research has shown us that the traditional “weekly spelling list/test” is ineffective. Here I offer information about how word study units differ from traditional spelling units and discuss how it helps students become better readers and writers.
In the video, I also share details about my YEAR-LONG, Science of Reading-aligned, NO PREP, weekly Word Study Units for Kindergarten, first, second and third-grade students. This word study resource includes a phonics scope and sequence, master word study list, word study practice activities, weekly assessments, editable templates, family letters, and MORE. EVERYTHING you need to provide your students with effective word study instruction and spelling practice all year long!
You can take a close look at the bundle for each grade here:
Science of Reading Training Video #5: Effective Structured Literacy Centers for K-2 Students
In this video, I talk about how to effectively integrate literacy centers into K-2 literacy instruction. I discuss 5 key evidence-based principles of instruction and recommend independent structured literacy centers that are aligned to the science of reading.
In the video, I highlight my Phonics Activities Yearlong Bundle and offer you a FREE sample here. These SoR-aligned, printable and digital, phonics and spelling activities give K-2 students the practice they need to master phonics skills and spelling patterns you teach. They make a great NO PREP literacy center activity!
I also share about my Differentiated Phonics Word Sorts. Get a FREE sample here. These word sort activities require students to look for common spelling patterns, sort, then communicate what they noticed and learned about the words they’ve sorted. They are an engaging activity to compliment your word study routine.
Science of Reading Training Video #5: Effective Phonemic Awareness Lesson Instruction
In this video, I answer the question “what is phonemic awareness and why is it important?”. I identify which phonemic awareness skills are most important to teach, and offer a simple phonemic awareness instructional routine.
In the video, I highlight my Phonemic Awareness Yearlong Curriculum for kindergarten and first grade students. These resources include research-based lesson plans and EVERYTHING you need to bring effective, data-driven phonemic awareness instruction to your small groups! You’ll get…
-A Years Worth of Lesson Plans laid out in a Weekly Format
-Picture Word Mats for Word Mapping
–Class Data Trackers
Read more about my Phonemic Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade students in this post.
I hope the training videos, resources, and information I have shared here today will help answer some of your common questions about the science of reading and help you bring more SoR-aligned instruction into your classroom!
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