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Balanced Literacy Connected to the New Standards


The Wonders Balanced Literacy solution offers options to create your own instructional path, or customize our recommendations to build strong readers and writers in grades K-5. With flexible pathways to meet a variety of classroom needs, a wealth of resources to support your units of study, and unitized student and teacher materials that include complex, authentic texts and a focus on close reading and text evidence, Wonders Balanced Literacy empowers educators to find their own balanced instructional path, while providing rigorous instruction.


Grade K

Teacher Resources

Launching the Balanced Literacy Classroom

This volume of Professional Development resources offers a mix of research and advice from experts, along with hands-on tips and techniques to help you integrate the latest findings on reading and writing into your daily classroom practice.

Grade 1

Student Resources

Unitized Student Text

Teach and model close reading of short, complex texts as students begin to practice key skills and strategies.


Leveled Readers

These trade books are accompanied by lesson plans and are thematically connected to each unit of study. Instruction at each level addresses the same subject, theme, content, skills, and strategies, with a balance of 50% informational and 50% literary selections.


Teacher Resources

Launching the Balanced Literacy Classroom

This volume of Professional Development resources offers a mix of research and advice from experts, along with hands-on tips and techniques to help you integrate the latest findings on reading and writing into your daily classroom practice.


Wonders Balanced Literacy Guide

Create your own instructional path or customize Wonders' recommendations. Materials are divided into six-week units, each including thematic overview, instruction for text sets, guidelines on extending and creating text sets, options for self-selected reading and genre writing, projects focusing on research and inquiry skills, and suggested pacing. Instruction is designed to be as flexible as possible to help you meet the needs of your students.


Classroom Library Lessons

Provide students with additional independent practice and application of close reading and writing from the Classroom Trade Library titles.

Grade 2

Teacher Resources

Launching the Balanced Literacy Classroom

This volume of Professional Development resources offers a mix of research and advice from experts, along with hands-on tips and techniques to help you integrate the latest findings on reading and writing into your daily classroom practice.

Grade 3

Teacher Resources

Launching the Balanced Literacy Classroom

This volume of Professional Development resources offers a mix of research and advice from experts, along with hands-on tips and techniques to help you integrate the latest findings on reading and writing into your daily classroom practice.

Grade 4

Student Resources

Unitized Student Text

Teach and model close reading of short, complex texts as students begin to practice key skills and strategies.


Leveled Readers

These trade books are accompanied by lesson plans and are thematically connected to each unit of study. Instruction at each level addresses the same subject, theme, content, skills, and strategies, with a balance of 50% informational and 50% literary selections.


Teacher Resources

Launching the Balanced Literacy Classroom

This volume of Professional Development resources offers a mix of research and advice from experts, along with hands-on tips and techniques to help you integrate the latest findings on reading and writing into your daily classroom practice.


Wonders Balanced Literacy Guide

Create your own instructional path or customize Wonders' recommendations. Materials are divided into six-week units, each including thematic overview, instruction for text sets, guidelines on extending and creating text sets, options for self-selected reading and genre writing, projects focusing on research and inquiry skills, and suggested pacing. Instruction is designed to be as flexible as possible to help you meet the needs of your students.


Classroom Library Lessons

Provide students with additional independent practice and application of close reading and writing from the Classroom Trade Library titles.

Grade 5

Teacher Resources

Launching the Balanced Literacy Classroom

This volume of Professional Development resources offers a mix of research and advice from experts, along with hands-on tips and techniques to help you integrate the latest findings on reading and writing into your daily classroom practice.



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