Laying Strong Foundations for Strong Readers

Foundational skills are critical as they lay the groundwork for academic and overall future success. Foundational Skills Kits provide research-based instruction and classroom-tested tools to help every student master these essential skills.

  • Grade K prepares the foundation for reading with phonemic awareness, concepts of print, and the alphabetic principle.
  • Grade 1 builds upon this foundation with sound-spelling correspondences and spelling strategy development.
  • Grades 2 and 3 reinforce and expand upon fluency, decoding and encoding skills for automatic recognition.

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Student Resources

Dig into our student resources for a variety of practical and useful samples of the Open Court Reading program.


  • Alphabet Wall Cards
  • Small-Group Alphabet Sound Cards
  • Individual Alphabet Sound Cards (4 sets)
  • High-Frequency Flash Cards
  • Pre-Decodable and Decodable Take-home BLM
  • Magnetic Letters
  • Pocket Chart
  • Individual Pocket Chart
  • Pocket Chart Picture Cards
  • Pocket Chart Word Cards
  • Lion Puppet
  • Alphabet Letter Cards (uppercase/lowercase)
  • Magnetic Dry Erase Board
  • Alphabet Little Book
  • Pickled Peppers Little Book
  • Letter Cubes
  • English Learner Photo Cards
  • Alphabet Sound Stickers

Alphabet Sound Cards

The Alphabet Sound Cards are designed to teach students the sounds of the English language and their letter correspondences. There are 31 cards in the set, for the first 31 sounds your students will learn, including 21 consonants, 5 long vowels, and 5 short vowels. On the front of each card is a picture connected to the sound and the back of the card contains the letter. Each card is color coded: black letters are consonants; red letters are vowels; yellow backgrounds for long vowels; and green backgrounds for short vowels. The Alphabet Sound Cards come in three different sizes: Individual, Small-Group and Wall Cards. The digital Interactive Alphabet Sound Cards recite the Alphabet Sound Card Story and each picture illustrates a motion.

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Core Pre-­Decodable and Decodable Books

Fourteen pre-decodable stories help students in kindergarten learn book and print concepts and provide reading practice in essential, high-frequency sight words. Twenty-eight decodable stories provide fluency practice through controlled, connected text. The Core Pre-Decodable and Decodable Books are available in print and digitally.

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Teacher Resources

Take a closer look at the many tools and resources to help build literacy in your classroom.

Teacher’s Guides

The two-volume Teacher’s Guide contains instruction for the entire year. The research-based, explicit instruction, and modeling found in the Teacher’s Guide facilitates the teaching of foundational skills including: phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and vocabulary and language development. Every lesson provides support for differentiated instruction. The Teacher’s Guides are available in print and digital formats.

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Assessments measure students’ learning in key instructional areas, such as phonemic and phonological awareness, and alphabetic knowledge understanding. The Assessment Annotated Teacher Edition/Blackline Master helps teachers plan differentiated instruction. The assessments and corresponding answer keys are available in Blackline Master and digital formats.

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Skills Practice

The Skills Practice Annotated Teacher Edition/Blackline Master provides teachers with resources for student practice in alphabet knowledge, phonemic awareness, and the alphabetic principle. This includes an answer key and is available in print and digital formats.

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Teacher Resource Book

The Teacher Resource Book offers additional in-depth instruction to help teachers reach at-risk students and English learners using full in-program intervention that supports in-class content. Lesson-by-lesson instructional support for the core curriculum can be implemented during small-group time. The Teacher Resource Book is available in print or digital.

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