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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 Wall Cards
  • Small-Group Alphabet Sound Cards
  • Individual Alphabet Sound Cards (4 sets)
  • High-Frequency Flash Cards
  • Pre-Decodable and 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
  • 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.


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.

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, 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.


Skills Practice BLMs

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.


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.

Open Court Reading Foundational Skills Kit Product Shot

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 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
  • English Learner Photo Cards
  • Sound/Spelling Stickers


Sound/Spelling Cards

The Sound/Spelling cards are designed to give your students the key to unlock the power of our written language. The Sound/Spelling Cards include 44 cards in each set featuring the letter and a picture on one side and spelling patterns on the back. The Cards represent the 44 most common sounds of the English Language. The Sound/Spelling Cards come in three different sizes: Individual, Small-Group and Wall Cards. The digital Interactive Sound/Spelling Cards recite the Sound/Spelling Card Story and each picture illustrates a motion.


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 digitally.

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: 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, phonics, and fluency. These formative assessments help teachers plan differentiated instruction. Assessments and answer keys are available in Blackline Master and digitally.


Skills Practice BLMs

The Skills Practice Annotated Teacher Edition/Blackline Master helps teachers facilitate student practice in phonics skills. The Skills Practice BLM includes an answer key and is available in print or 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 can be implemented during small-group time. The Teacher Resource Book is available in print or digital.

Foundational Skills Kit Product Shot Grade 2

Kit Resources

  • Sound/Spelling Wall Cards
  • Small-Group Sound/Spelling Cards
  • Individual Sound/Spelling Cards (4 sets)
  • High-Frequency Flash Cards
  • Decodable Takehome BLM

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


Sound/Spelling Cards

The Sound/Spelling cards are designed to give your students the key to unlock the power of our written language. The Sound/Spelling Cards include 44 cards in each set featuring the letter and a picture on one side and spelling patterns on the back. The Cards represent the 44 most common sounds of the English Language. The Sound/Spelling Cards come in three different sizes: Individual, Small-Group and Wall Cards. The digital Interactive Sound/Spelling Cards recite the Sound/Spelling Card Story and each picture illustrates a motion.


Core Decodable Books

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

Teacher Resources

Teacher's Guides

A single Teacher’s Guide including research-based, explicit instruction and modeling facilitates the teaching of foundation 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 BLM

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 BLM

Skills Practice Annotated Teacher Edition/Blackline Master with 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. The Teacher Resource Book is available in print or digital format.

Foundational Skills Kit Product Shot Grade 3

Kit Resources

  • Sound/Spelling Wall Cards
  • Small-Group Sound/Spelling Cards
  • Individual Sound/Spelling Cards (4 sets)
  • High-Frequency Flash Cards
  • Decodable Takehome BLM

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


Sound/Spelling Cards

The Sound/Spelling cards are designed to give your students the key to unlock the power of our written language. The Sound/Spelling Cards include 44 cards in each set featuring the letter and a picture on one side and spelling patterns on the back. The Cards represent the 44 most common sounds of the English Language. The Sound/Spelling Cards come in three different sizes: Individual, Small-Group and Wall Cards. The digital Interactive Sound/Spelling Cards recite the Sound/Spelling Card Story and each picture illustrates a motion.


Core Decodable Books

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

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 BLM

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 BLM

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 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. The Teacher Resource Book is available in print or digital format.