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Foundational Skills Kits



Teaching students to read requires a systematic, explicit instructional plan that includes core concepts and fundamental skill development at each grade level. Use Foundational Skills Kits to:

  • Prepare the foundation for reading in grade K with phonemic awareness, concepts of print, and the alphabetic principle.
  • Build the foundation in grade one with sound-spelling correspondences and spelling strategy development.
  • Support and reinforce the foundation in grades two and three to expand fluency and review decoding and encoding skills to make automatic.


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Foundational Skills Kit Product Shot Grade K

Kit Resources

  • Alphabet Sound Wall Cards
  • Small Group Alphabet Sound Cards
  • Individual Alphabet Sound Cards (4)
  • Hi–Frequency Flash Cards
  • Decodable Takehome 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
  • EL Photo Cards
  • Sound/Spelling Stickers


Alphabet Sound Small Group Cards

The Alphabet Sound Small Group Cards, Grade K -- a set of 31 cards with pictures,letters, and some long vowel spellings -- reminds students of the sounds of the English Language and their letter correspondences. 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 Interactive Alphabet Sound Cards recite the Alphabet Sound Card Story and each picture illustrates a motion. The Interactive Alphabet Sound Cards are available digitally only.


Individual Alphabet Sound Cards

Four sets of Individual Alphabet Sound Cards are 31 double-sided cards per set. These cards are a resource to remind students of the sounds of the English Language and their letter correspondences. Each card is color coded: black letters are consonants; red letters are vowels; yellow backgrounds for long vowels; and green backgrounds for short vowels. Each Individual Alphabet Sound Card set, Grade K is ideal for small group practice, such as connecting sounds and letters, saying sounds, and making words. The Interactive Alphabet Sound Cards recite the Alphabet Sound Card Story and each picture illustrates a motion. The Interactive Alphabet Sound Cards are available digitally only.


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 digital formats.

Teacher Resources

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.


Assessment Annotated Teacher Edition BLMs

Assessments measure students' learning in key instructional areas, such as phonemic and phonological awareness, alphabetic knowledge, and phonics 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.


Skills Practice BLMs

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


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.

Open Court Reading Foundational Skills Kit Product Shot

Kit Resources

  • Alphabet Sound/Spelling Wall Cards
  • Small Group Alphabet Sound/Spelling Cards
  • Individual Alphabet Sound/Spelling Cards (4)
  • Hi–Frequency Flash Cards
  • Decodable Takehome BLM (2)
  • Magnetic Letters
  • Individual Pocket Chart
  • Lion Puppet
  • Alphabet Letter Cards (uppercase/lowercase)

  • Magnetic Dry Erase Board
  • Rhyme Stew Little Book
  • Letter Cubes
  • EL Photo Cards
  • Sound/Spelling Stickers


Sound/Spelling Small Group Cards

The Sound/Spelling Small Group Cards is a set of 44 cards with letters, pictures, and spelling patterns found in Romance-based languages. Post in your classroom to remind students of the sounds in English and their spellings or use during small-group review. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Cards recites the Sound/Spelling Card Story. It presents a picture that shows a motion and the sound/spelling patterns for that sound. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Card is available in digital format only.


Sound/Spelling Individual Cards

There are four sets of Individual Sound/Spelling Cards, 44 cards in each set features pictures on one side and spelling patterns on the other. Ideal for small-group practice time, Sound/Spelling Cards help students connect sounds to spelling patterns and make words. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Card recites the Sound/Spelling Card Story; shows a picture illustrating a motion; and the sound/spelling patterns for that sound. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Card is only available in digital format.


Core Pre-Decodable and Decodable Books

Five Pre-­Decodable stories help students review concepts of books and print, and provide practice reading essential high-frequency sight words. Controlled, connected text in 109 decodable stories provides students with fluency practice. The Core Pre-Decodable and Decodable Books are available in print and digital formats.

Teacher Resources

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.


Assessment BLMs

The Assessment Annotated Teacher Edition/Black Line Master includes ready-­made assessments to measure students' learning in key instructional areas, such as phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, phonics, and fluency. These formative assessments help teachers plan differentiated instruction. Assessments and answer keys are available in Blackline Master and digital formats.


Skills Practice BLMs

The Skills Practice Annotated Teacher Edition/Blackline Master helps teachers facilitate student practice in phonics skills. The Skills Practice includes an answer key and is available in three formats: Workbook, Blackline Master, and digital.


Teacher Resource Book

Additional in-depth instruction in the Teacher Resource Book helps teachers reach at-risk students and English learners with full in-program intervention to support the content they are learning in class. Lesson-­by-­lesson instructional support for the core curriculum can be implemented during small-group time.

Foundational Skills Kit Product Shot Grade 2

Kit Resources

  • Alphabet Sound/Spelling Wall Cards
  • Small Group Alphabet Sound/Spelling Cards
  • Individual Alphabet Sound/Spelling Cards (4)
  • Hi–Frequency Flash Cards
  • Decodable Takehome BLM (2)
  • Magnetic Letters
  • Individual Pocket Chart
  • Lion Puppet
  • Alphabet Letter Cards (uppercase/lowercase)

  • Alphabet Letter Cards (uppercase/lowercase)
  • Word Cubes
  • EL Photo Cards
  • Sound/Spelling Stickers


Sound/Spelling Small Group Cards

The Sound/Spelling Small Group Cards is a set of 44 cards with letters, pictures, and spelling patterns found in Romance-based languages. Post to remind students of the sounds in English and their spellings. The Small Group Sound/Spelling Cards are small-scale and are ideal for small-group review of sounds and spelling patterns. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Card recites the Sound/Spelling Card Story. It presents a picture that shows a motion and the sound/spelling patterns for that sound. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Card is available in digital format only.


Individual Sound/ Spelling Cards

Four sets of Individual Sound/Spelling Cards, includes 44 cards in each set, with pictures on one side, and spelling patterns on the other. Use them to remind students of English language sounds and spelling patterns. They are ideal for small groups practicing connecting sounds to spelling patterns and making words. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Card recites the Sound/Spelling Card Story. It presents a picture showing a motion and the sound/spelling patterns for that sound. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Card is available in digital format only.


Core Decodable Books

Fifty-five Core Decodable stories in seven books provide fluency practice through controlled, connected text. Core Decodable stories are available in print and digital formats.

Teacher Resources

Teacher's Guides

A single Teacher's Guide including research-based, explicit instruction and modeling facilitates the teaching of foundational skills including: phonics, fluency, vocabulary and language development, and word analysis. Every lesson provides support for differentiated instruction. The Teacher's Guide is available in print and digital formats.


Assessment BLMs

Assessments measure students' learning in key instructional areas, such as phonics,fluency, and word analysis. These formative assessments help teachers plan differentiated instruction. The Assessment Annotated Teacher Edition/Blackline Master is available in print and digital formats.


Skills Practice BLMs

Skills Practice Annotated Teacher Edition/Blackline Master and answer key helps teachers facilitate student skill practice in phonics and word analysis. Skills Practice is available in print and digital formats.


Teacher Resource Book

Additional in-depth instruction in the Teacher Resource Book helps teachers reach at-risk students and English learners with full in-program intervention to support the content they are learning in class. Lesson-by-lesson instructional support for the core curriculum is implemented during small-group time.

Foundational Skills Kit Product Shot Grade 3

Kit Resources

  • Alphabet Sound/Spelling Wall Cards
  • Small Group Alphabet Sound/Spelling Cards
  • Individual Alphabet Sound/Spelling Cards (4)
  • Hi–Frequency Flash Cards, Decodable Takehome BLM
  • Alphabet Letter Cards (uppercase/lowercase)

  • Word Cubes
  • EL Photo Cards
  • Sound/Spelling Stickers


Sound/Spelling Small Group Cards

The Sound/Spelling Small Group Cards is a set of 44 cards with letters, pictures, and spelling patterns found in Romance-­based languages. Post to help remind students of the sounds in English and their spellings. Use for small-group review of sounds and spelling patterns. The cards are a small-scale replica of the Sound/Spelling Wall Cards. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Card recites the Sound/Spelling Card Story. It presents a picture that shows a motion and the sound/spelling patterns for that sound. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Card is available in digital format only.


Sound/Spelling Individual Cards

There are four sets of Individual Sound/Spelling Cards, 44 cards in each set, with pictures on one side and spelling patterns on the other. They remind students of the sounds of the English language and their spelling patterns. Ideal for small groups practice connecting sounds to spelling patterns and making words. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Card recites the Sound/Spelling Card Story. It presents a picture that shows a motion and the sound/spelling patterns for that sound. The Interactive Sound/Spelling Card is available in digital format only.


Core Decodable Books

Twenty-three Core Decodable stories available in four books provide fluency practice through controlled, connected text. The Core Decodable Takehome Blackline Masters are available in print and digital formats.

Teacher Resources

Teacher's Guides

There is one volume of the Teacher's Guide with instruction for the entire year. The research-based, explicit instruction, and modeling found in the Teacher' Guide facilitates teaching foundational skills including: phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and word analysis. Each lesson includes support for differentiated instruction. The Teacher's Guide is available in print and digital formats.


Assessment BLMs

Assessments measure students' learning in key instructional areas such as phonics, fluency, and word analysis. These formative assessments help teachers plan differentiated instruction. The Annotated Assessment Teacher Edition/Blackline Master is available in print and digital formats.


Skills Practice BLMs

Skills Practice Annotated Teacher Edition/Blackline Master provides student practice in phonics and word analysis skills learned. The Skills Practice is available in print and digital formats.


Teacher's Resource Book

Additional in-­depth instruction in the Teacher Resource Book helps teachers reach at-risk students and English Learners with full in-­program intervention to support the content they are learning in class. Lesson-by-lesson instructional support for the core curriculum is implemented during small-group time.