Comprehensive Core Curriculum

Overview of Open Court Reading Comprehensive Curriculum​

Building Strategic Readers and Strategic Thinkers

The goal of Open Court Reading is for all students to be confident readers by grade 3, as well as strategic readers and thinkers:

  • Inquiry forms the heart of the program as students apply what they have learned in the unit to find out more about a topic that interests them.​
  • Reading strategies align with the inquiry process in each unit as students use the content as the basis for research.​
  • A focus on skill-building gives students the tools they need to be successful at any inquiry task.​
  • Unit Inquiry activities require students to research and explore using a variety of media to build deep knowledge about a topic of their choice.​

Components for Open Court Reading

All components, except for Kits, available in print and digital formats

Grade K


Instructional Resources

Student Readers


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

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

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​Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories
14 core pre-decodable 28 core decodable stories​

Teacher’s Edition and Guides


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Teacher’s Edition
Every lesson provides differentiated instruction and EL support. Two units in six volumes.

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Intervention Teacher's Guide
​Features lesson-by-lesson intervention support at point of use.

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EL Support Guide
Guidance and practice with phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills.

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Skills Practice
Practice alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

Assessments


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Lesson & Unit Assessments
Measure alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

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

Skills Kits


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Sample Program Online

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

Grade 1


Instructional Resources

Student Readers


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

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

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​Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories
Five pre-decodable stories and 109 decodable stories​

Teacher’s Edition and Guides


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Teacher’s Edition
Every lesson provides differentiated instruction and EL support. Two units in six volumes.

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Intervention Teacher’s Guide
​Features lesson-by-lesson intervention support at point of use.

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EL Support Guide
Guidance and practice with phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills.

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Skills Practice
Practice phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency

Assessments


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Lesson & Unit Assessments
Measure phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency.

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

Skills Kits


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Sample Program Online
Foundational Skills Kit
Provides research-based instruction and classroom-tested tools to help every student master essential skills.

Grade 2


Instructional Resources

Student Readers


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

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Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories
55 core decodable stories in seven books​

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​Language Arts Handbook
Provides models and acts as reference book for writing, revising, and editing skills.

Teacher’s Edition and Guides


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Teacher’s Edition
Every lesson provides differentiated instruction and EL support. Two units in six volumes.

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Intervention Teacher’s Guide
​Features lesson-by-lesson intervention support at point of use.

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EL Support Guide
Guidance and practice with phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills.

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

Assessments


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Lesson & Unit Assessments
Measure phonics, spelling, accessing complex texts, writing, grammar, usage, and mechanics.

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

Skills Kits


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Sample Program Online
Foundational Skills Kit
Provides research-based instruction and classroom-tested tools to help every student master essential skills.

Grade 3


Instructional Resources

Student Readers


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

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Pre-Decodable and Decodable Stories
23 Core Decodable stories available in four books​​

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​Language Arts Handbook
Provides models and acts as reference book for writing, revising, and editing skills.

Teacher’s Edition and Guides


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Teacher’s Edition
Every lesson provides differentiated instruction and EL support. Two units in six volumes.

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Intervention Teacher’s Guide
​Features lesson-by-lesson intervention support at point of use.

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EL Support Guide
Guidance and practice with phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar skills.

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

Assessments


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

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

Skills Kits


Components of Grade 3 Foundational Skills Kit Components of Grade 3 Foundational Skills Kit Components of Grade 3 Foundational Skills Kit Components of Grade 3 Foundational Skills Kit

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Sample Program Online
Foundational Skills Kit
Provides research-based instruction and classroom-tested tools to help every student master essential skills.

Grade 4


Instructional Resources

Student Readers


Teacher’s Edition and Guides


Assessments


Skills Kits


Grade 5


Instructional Resources

Student Readers


Teacher’s Edition and Guides


Assessments


Skills Kits


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