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Open Court Reading for Alabama

Bright futures begin with literacy

SRA Open Court Reading provides Alabama educators with the tools to build strong readers, writers, and thinkers from early emerging to fluent, from those who struggle to those who need a challenge. A curriculum you can trust, Open Court Reading has not only been approved by the Alabama Literacy Task Force, but it also delivers a legacy of success spanning over 60 years and continues to evolve to meet the needs of today's students and teachers.

This program gives Alabama educators:

A blueprint
for success

Open Court Reading is built upon 60 years of research. The program is regularly updated based on the latest literacy research, third-party reviews, and educator feedback to better serve the needs of today's students and teachers. Unmatched professional development and partnerships keep it relevant to the needs of today's classrooms.

Systematic teaching,
systematic learning

The backbone of Open Court Reading is its carefully crafted instructional plan. Systematic and explicit instruction, along with all-important instructional routines, ensures confidence and growth for students and teachers alike.

Resources for reaching
every learner

Open Court Reading provides a range of differentiation options for extending literacy achievement to all Alabama students, including at-risk students and English Learners.

Components for Open Court Reading for Alabama K–5

Grade K

Instructional Resources

Student Readers


Open Court Reading First Reader

First Reader , Link will open in a new tab

Helps students transition from teacher-led instruction to independent reading. Soft cover for small hands.

Open Court Reading Off to School

Big Books/Little Books , Link will open in a new tab

16 books: 12 units, 1 science, 1 social studies, 1 Alphabet, 1 rhyming. Available in both sizes.​

Quin and the Jets

​Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories , Link will open in a new tab

14 core pre-decodable 28 core decodable stories​

Teacher's Edition and Guides


Open Court Reading Grade K Teacher's Edition, Units 1-2

Teacher's Edition , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction and EL support. Two units in six volumes.

Intervention Teacher's Guide

Intervention Teacher's Guide , Link will open in a new tab

​Features lesson-by-lesson intervention support at point of use.

English Learner Teacher's Guide

EL Support Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Guidance and practice with phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills.

Skills Practice Blackline Masters with Answer Key

Skills Practice , Link will open in a new tab

Practice alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

Assessments


Lesson and Unit Assessment Blackline Master with Answer Key, Unit 1 Teacher Edition

Lesson & Unit Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Measure alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

Benchmark Assessment

Benchmark Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Covers foundational skills, comprehension, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Skills Kits


Foundational Skills Kit

Foundational Skills Kit , Link will open in a new tab

Provides research-based instruction and classroom-tested tools to help every student master essential skills.

Grade 1

Instructional Resources

Student Readers


Open Court Reading  Student Anthology Book 1

Student Anthology , Link will open in a new tab

Narrative and informative texts highlight key ideas and details; writing as a craft, and background knowledge and ideas.​

Open Court Reading Back to School

Big Books/Little Books , Link will open in a new tab

16 books: 12 units, 1 science, 1 social studies, 1 Alphabet, 1 rhyming. Available in both sizes.​

Max the Grouch

​Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories , Link will open in a new tab

Five pre-decodable stories and 109 decodable stories

Teacher's Edition and Guides


Open Court Reading Grade 1 Teacher's Edition, Units 1-2

Teacher's Edition , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction and EL support. Two units in six volumes.

Intervention Teacher's Guide

Intervention Teacher's Guide , Link will open in a new tab

​Features lesson-by-lesson intervention support at point of use.

English Learner Teacher's Guide

EL Support Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Guidance and practice with phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills.

Skills Practice Blackline Masters with Answer Key

Skills Practice , Link will open in a new tab

Practice phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency

Assessments


Lesson and Unit Assessment Blackline Master with Answer Key, Unit 1 Teacher Edition

Lesson & Unit Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Measure phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency.

Benchmark Assessment

Benchmark Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Covers foundational skills, comprehension, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Skills Kits


Foundational Skills Kit

Foundational Skills Kit , Link will open in a new tab

Provides research-based instruction and classroom-tested tools to help every student master essential skills.

Grade 2

Instructional Resources

Student Readers


Open Court Reading  Student Anthology Book 1

Student Anthology , Link will open in a new tab

Narrative and informative texts highlight key ideas and details; writing as a craft, and background knowledge and ideas.​

Open Court Reading Decodable Takehomes BLM

Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories , Link will open in a new tab

55 core decodable stories in seven books​

Open Court Reading Language Arts Handbook

Language Arts Handbook , Link will open in a new tab

Provides models and acts as reference book for writing, revising, and editing skills.

Teacher's Edition and Guides


Open Court Reading Grade 1 Teacher's Edition, Units 1-2

Teacher's Edition , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction and EL support. Two units in six volumes.

Intervention Teacher's Guide

Intervention Teacher's Guide , Link will open in a new tab

​Features lesson-by-lesson intervention support at point of use.

English Learner Teacher's Guide

EL Support Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Guidance and practice with phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills.

Skills Practice Blackline Masters with Answer Key

Skills Practice , Link will open in a new tab

Practice phonics, spelling, accessing complex texts, writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Assessments


Lesson and Unit Assessment Blackline Master with Answer Key, Unit 1 Teacher Edition

Lesson & Unit Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Measure phonics, spelling, accessing complex texts, writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Benchmark Assessment

Benchmark Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Covers foundational skills, comprehension, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Skills Kits


Foundational Skills Kit

Foundational Skills Kit , Link will open in a new tab

Provides research-based instruction and classroom-tested tools to help every student master essential skills.

Grade 3

Instructional Resources

Student Readers


Open Court Reading Student Anthology Book 1

Student Anthology , Link will open in a new tab

Narrative and informative texts highlight key ideas and details; writing as a craft, and background knowledge and ideas.​

Open Court Reading Decodable Takehomes BLM

Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories , Link will open in a new tab

23 Core Decodable stories available in four books​​

Open Court Reading Language Arts Handbook

​Language Arts Handbook , Link will open in a new tab

Provides models and acts as reference book for writing, revising, and editing skills.

Teacher's Edition and Guides


Open Court Reading Grade 3 Teacher's Edition, Unit 1

Teacher's Edition , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction and EL support. Two units in six volumes.

Intervention Teacher's Guide

Intervention Teacher's Guide , Link will open in a new tab

​Features lesson-by-lesson intervention support at point of use.

English Learner Teacher's Guide

EL Support Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Guidance and practice with phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills.

Skills Practice Blackline Masters with Answer Key

Skills Practice , Link will open in a new tab

Practice word analysis, vocabulary, accessing complex texts, spelling, fluency writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Assessments


Lesson and Unit Assessment Blackline Master with Answer Key, Unit 1 Teacher Edition

Lesson & Unit Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Measure word analysis, vocabulary, accessing complex texts, spelling, fluency writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Benchmark Assessment

Benchmark Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Covers foundational skills, comprehension, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Skills Kits


Foundational Skills Kit

Foundational Skills Kit , Link will open in a new tab

Provides research-based instruction and classroom-tested tools to help every student master essential skills.

Grade 4

Instructional Resources

Student Readers


Open Court Reading Student Anthology

Student Anthology , Link will open in a new tab

Narrative and informative texts highlight key ideas and details; writing as a craft, and background knowledge and ideas.​

Open Court Reading Language Arts Handbook

​Language Arts Handbook , Link will open in a new tab

Provides models and acts as reference book for writing, revising, and editing skills.

Teacher's Edition and Guides


Open Court Reading Grade 4 Teacher's Edition, Unit 1

Teacher's Edition , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction and EL support. Two units in six volumes.

Intervention Teacher's Guide

Intervention Teacher's Guide , Link will open in a new tab

​Features lesson-by-lesson intervention support at point of use.

English Learner Teacher's Guide

EL Support Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Guidance and practice with phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills.

Skills Practice Blackline Masters with Answer Key

Skills Practice , Link will open in a new tab

Practice word analysis, vocabulary, accessing complex texts, spelling, fluency writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Assessments


Lesson and Unit Assessment Blackline Master with Answer Key, Unit 1 Teacher Edition

Lesson & Unit Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Measure word analysis, vocabulary, accessing complex texts, spelling, fluency writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Benchmark Assessment

Benchmark Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Covers foundational skills, comprehension, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Skills Kits


Word Analysis Kit

Word Analysis Kit , Link will open in a new tab

Resources to develop critical reading skills that enable students to approach new words and more complex texts.

Grade 5

Instructional Resources

Student Readers


Open Court Reading Student Anthology Book 1

Student Anthology , Link will open in a new tab

Narrative and informative texts highlight key ideas and details; writing as a craft, and background knowledge and ideas.​

Open Court Reading Language Arts Handbook

​Language Arts Handbook , Link will open in a new tab

Provides models and acts as reference book for writing, revising, and editing skills.

Teacher's Edition and Guides


Open Court Reading Grade 5 Teacher's Edition, Unit 1

Teacher's Edition , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction and EL support. Two units in six volumes.

Intervention Teacher's Guide

Intervention Teacher's Guide , Link will open in a new tab

​Features lesson-by-lesson intervention support at point of use.

English Learner Teacher's Guide

EL Support Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Guidance and practice with phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills.

Skills Practice Blackline Masters with Answer Key

Skills Practice , Link will open in a new tab

Practice word analysis, vocabulary, accessing complex texts, spelling, fluency writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Assessments


Lesson and Unit Assessment Blackline Master with Answer Key, Unit 1 Teacher Edition

Lesson & Unit Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Measure word analysis, vocabulary, accessing complex texts, spelling, fluency writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Benchmark Assessment

Benchmark Assessments , Link will open in a new tab

Covers foundational skills, comprehension, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Skills Kits


Word Analysis Kit

Word Analysis Kit , Link will open in a new tab

Resources to develop critical reading skills that enable students to approach new words and more complex texts.

Open Court Reading Foundational Skills Kits

Grade K

Instructional Resources

Student Components

Kit Resources

  • Alphabet Wall Cards​
  • Small-Group Alphabet Sound Cards​
  • Individual Alphabet Sound Cards (4 sets)​
  • High-Frequency Flash Cards​
  • Pre-Decodable & Decodable Take-home BLM​
  • Magnetic Letters​
  • Pocket Chart​
  • Individual Pocket Chart​
  • Pocket Chart Picture Cards​
  • Pocket Chart Word Cards
  • Lion Puppet​
  • Alphabet Letter Cards (upper & lowercase)​
  • Magnetic Dry Erase Board​
  • Alphabet Little Book​
  • Pickled Peppers Little Book​
  • Letter Cubes​
  • English Learner Photo Cards​
  • Alphabet Sound Stickers​
Open Court Reading  Individual Sound Cards Grade K

Alphabet Sound Cards , Link will open in a new tab

31 color-coded cards: 21 consonants, 5 long vowels, 5 short vowels. ​Three sizes: Individual, Small-Group, Wall Card​. Digital cards recite the sound card story and each picture illustrates a motion.

Quin and the Jets

Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories , Link will open in a new tab

14 Core Pre-Decodable, 28 core decodable stories, available in print and digital format.

Teacher Components

Components available in both print and digital format (unless noted otherwise)


Open Court Reading Foundational Skills Kit Teachers' Guide Book 1 Grade K

Teacher’s Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction for phonics, fluency, vocabulary and language development, and word analysis.

Open Court Reading Teacher Resource Book

Teacher Resource Book , Link will open in a new tab

Lesson-by-lesson instructional support for at-risk and English learners. Implemented during small-group.

Open Court Reading Skills Practice BLM with Answer Key

Skills Practice BLM , Link will open in a new tab

Practice alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

Open Court Reading Assessment BLM with Answer Key

Assessment BLM (digital only) , Link will open in a new tab

Measure alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

Grade 1

Instructional Resources

Student Components

Kit Resources

  • Sound/Spelling Wall Cards​
  • Small-Group Sound/Spelling Cards​
  • Individual Alphabet Sound/Spelling Cards (4 sets)​
  • High-Frequency Flash Cards​
  • Pre-Decodable and Decodable Take-home BLM (2)​
  • Lion Puppet​
  • Alphabet Letter Cards (uppercase/lowercase)​
  • Magnetic Dry Erase Board​
  • Rhyme Stew Little Book​
  • Letter Cubes​
  • English Learner Photo Cards​
  • Sound/Spelling Stickers​
Open Court Reading Individual Sound/Spelling Cards Grade 1-3

Sound/Spelling Cards , Link will open in a new tab

Represents 44 most common sounds. ​ Three sizes: Individual, Small-Group, Wall. ​Digital versions recite the Sound/Spelling story, and the picture illustrates a motion.

Max the Grouch

Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories , Link will open in a new tab

Five Pre-Decodable stories and 109 decodable stories. Available in print and digital format.

Teacher Components

Components available in both print and digital format (unless noted otherwise)


Open Court Reading Foundational Skills Kit Teachers' Guide Book 1 Grade 1

Teacher’s Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction for phonics, fluency, vocabulary and language development, and word analysis.

Open Court Reading Teacher Resource Book

Teacher Resource Book , Link will open in a new tab

Lesson-by-lesson instructional support for at-risk and English learners. Implemented during small-group.

Open Court Reading Skills Practice BLM with Answer Key

Skills Practice BLM , Link will open in a new tab

Practice phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency.

Open Court Reading Assessment BLM with Answer Key

Assessment BLM (digital only) , Link will open in a new tab

Measure phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency.

Grade 2

Instructional Resources

Student Components

Kit Resources

  • Sound/Spelling Wall Cards​
  • Small-Group Sound/Spelling Cards​
  • Individual Sound/Spelling Cards (4 sets)​
  • High-Frequency Flash Cards​
  • Decodable Take-home BLM​
  • Alphabet Letter Cards (uppercase/lowercase)​
  • Word Cubes​
  • English Learner Photo Cards​
  • Sound/Spelling Stickers
Open Court Reading Individual Sound/Spelling Cards Grade 1-3

Sound/Spelling Cards , Link will open in a new tab

Represents 44 most common sounds. ​ Three sizes: Individual, Small-Group, Wall. ​Digital versions recite the Sound/Spelling story, and the picture illustrates a motion.

Open Court Reading Decodable Takehomes BLM

Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories , Link will open in a new tab

55 Core Decodable stories in seven books. Available in print and digital format.

Teacher Components

Components available in both print and digital format (unless noted otherwise)


Open Court Reading Foundational Skills Kit Teachers' Guide Grade 2

Teacher’s Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction for phonics, fluency, vocabulary and language development, and word analysis.

Open Court Reading Teacher Resource Book

Teacher Resource Book , Link will open in a new tab

Lesson-by-lesson instructional support for at-risk and English learners. Implemented during small-group.

Open Court Reading Skills Practice BLM with Answer Key

Skills Practice BLM , Link will open in a new tab

Practice phonics, spelling, accessing complex texts, writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Open Court Reading Assessment BLM with Answer Key

Assessment BLM (digital only) , Link will open in a new tab

Measure phonics, spelling, accessing complex texts, writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Grade 3

Instructional Resources

Student Components

Kit Resources

  • Sound/Spelling Wall Cards​
  • Small-Group Sound/Spelling Cards​
  • Individual Sound/Spelling Cards (4 sets)​
  • High-Frequency Flash Cards​
  • Decodable Take-home BLM​
  • Alphabet Letter Cards (uppercase/lowercase)​
  • Word Cubes​
  • English Learner Photo Cards​
  • Sound/Spelling Stickers
Open Court Reading Individual Sound/Spelling Cards Grade 1-3

Sound/Spelling Cards , Link will open in a new tab

Represents 44 most common sounds. ​ Three sizes: Individual, Small-Group, Wall. ​Digital versions recite the Sound/Spelling story, and the picture illustrates a motion.

Open Court Reading Decodable Takehomes BLM

Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories , Link will open in a new tab

23 Core Decodable stories available in four books​. Available in print and digital format.<

Teacher Components

Components available in both print and digital format (unless noted otherwise)


Open Court Reading Foundational Skills Kit Teachers' Guide Grade 3

Teacher’s Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction for phonics, fluency, vocabulary and language development, and word analysis.

Open Court Reading Teacher Resource Book

Teacher Resource Book , Link will open in a new tab

Lesson-by-lesson instructional support for at-risk and English learners. Implemented during small-group.

Open Court Reading Skills Practice BLM with Answer Key

Skills Practice BLM , Link will open in a new tab

Practice word analysis, vocabulary, accessing complex texts, spelling, fluency writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Open Court Reading Assessment BLM with Answer Key

Assessment BLM (digital only) , Link will open in a new tab

Measure word analysis, vocabulary, accessing complex texts, spelling, fluency writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Grade 4

Student Components


Open Court Reading Word Analysis Kit

Kit Resources

  • Leveled Reading Cards​
  • Sound/Spelling Wall Cards​
  • Word Cubes
  • Individual Sound/Spelling Cards (4 sets)
  • Small-Group Sound/Spelling Cards
  • English Learner Photo Cards
Open Court Reading  Individual Sound/Spelling Cards Grade 4-5

Sound/Spelling Cards , Link will open in a new tab

Represents 44 most common sounds. ​ Three sizes: Individual, Small-Group, Wall. ​Digital versions recite the Sound/Spelling story, and the picture illustrates a motion. Available in print and digital format.

Reading card example showing Activity 15, Comprehension and Vocabulary

Reading Cards , Link will open in a new tab

Approaching Level, On Level, and Beyond Level. Includes prefixes, suffixes, roots, and base words in context. Practice in comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency​.

Teacher Components

Components available in both print and digital format


Open Court Reading Word Analysis Kit Teacher's Guide, Grade 4

Teacher’s Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction for phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and word analysis. One volume.​

Open Court Reading Teacher Resource Book

Teacher Resource Book , Link will open in a new tab

Lesson-by-lesson instructional support for at-risk and English learners. Implemented during small-group.

Open Court Reading Skills Practice BLM with Answer Key

Skills Practice BLM , Link will open in a new tab

Practice phonics, fluency, and word analysis.

Open Court Reading Lesson and Unit Assessment

Assessment BLM , Link will open in a new tab

Assess phonics, fluency, and word analysis.

Grade 5

Student Components


Open Court Reading Word Analysis Kit

Kit Resources

  • Leveled Reading Cards​
  • Sound/Spelling Wall Cards​
  • Word Cubes
  • Individual Sound/Spelling Cards (4 sets)
  • Small-Group Sound/Spelling Cards
  • English Learner Photo Cards
Open Court Reading  Individual Sound/Spelling Cards Grade 4-5

Sound/Spelling Cards , Link will open in a new tab

Represents 44 most common sounds. ​ Three sizes: Individual, Small-Group, Wall. ​Digital versions recite the Sound/Spelling story, and the picture illustrates a motion. Available in print and digital format.

Reading card example showing Card 46, Tools of Science

Reading Cards , Link will open in a new tab

Approaching Level, On Level, and Beyond Level. Includes prefixes, suffixes, roots, and base words in context. Practice in comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency​.

Teacher Components

Components available in both print and digital format


Open Court Reading Word Analysis Kit Teacher's Guide, Grade 5

Teacher’s Guide , Link will open in a new tab

Every lesson provides differentiated instruction for phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and word analysis. One volume.​

Open Court Reading Teacher Resource Book

Teacher Resource Book , Link will open in a new tab

Lesson-by-lesson instructional support for at-risk and English learners. Implemented during small-group.

Open Court Reading Skills Practice BLM with Answer Key

Skills Practice BLM , Link will open in a new tab

Practice phonics, fluency, and word analysis.

Open Court Reading Lesson and Unit Assessment

Assessment BLM , Link will open in a new tab

Assess phonics, fluency, and word analysis.