Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Amazing FREE Phonics Lessons!!

After teaching for about 4 years and going through a reading specialist program, I have seen many different phonics programs. Each one is unique and has its own positives/negatives. What I have learned through my teaching career is that any great teacher utilizes the best qualities from each program (I hope someday I can be one of the greats)!

Today, I have a great website to share with you, chock full of FREE Phonics Lessons. If you click on the image below, it will take you to the website.

During my reading specialist program, I was fortunate enough to work with a great teacher, mentor, etc. in the teaching world, her name was Dr. Carol Tolman (If you ever have the chance to take a professional development with her, jump on it). She worked with West Virgina's Department of Education to develop phonics lessons that were explicit, systematic, and that incorporated the 5 components of reading. The website houses all the lessons they created to support their teachers in teaching phonics. The website and lessons are FREE. Each Skill is divided into weeks (week 1, 2 and 3) and also divided into units within those skills. Each unit comes with...

5 Days Worth of Lessons

A list of target words that students will work with throughout the unit. 


Decodable Stories for the Week

All of that for FREE!! I immediately downloaded all of the lessons (Dr. Tolman recommended that we download them as soon as we could, so that we would have them available to us even if the website was taken down...I would recommend the same)! I LOVE these lessons. I still bring in materials or items I have been given from other programs, but I have seen so much success with these lessons that I could never use any other program. 

I love all of the components, I love the fact that each unit comes decodable stories and I love that each skill is broken up in a way that students master each component before they are expected show mastery with the entire skill!  Since I love the lessons so much, I knew that I had to share this with my readers!! I would love for you to take advantage of some amazing research based lessons, while you still have the chance. 

Stay tuned because next week I will be sharing pictures of how I organize and manage all the materials and lessons. :-)

I hope you find these as useful as I have and I will leave you with one last thought...

What do you think of these lessons? Have you seen or used these before? Do you think they will work within your own classroom?


I {Heart} Recess said...

What a great site!

Your newest follower!


Christy said...

I have used these in the past, but I think they work better with younger grades. I used this series for about a week this year with my 5th grade MTSS group, and while I like the structure and explicit teaching. My kiddos felt it was babyish, so I've been tweaking, supplementing, and revamping, while trying to maintain a similar feel.

Teaching In Oz

Caralee DeHerrera said...

Jess--Thank you for becoming a new follower (every follower means the world to me)!! I hope you find this site useful!


Caralee DeHerrera said...

Christy--I'm happy to hear that you have seen, as well as used this site/lessons. I teach 2nd/3rd grade and I think it fits both grades extremely well, but I can really see how it may feel babyish for the older kiddos. I would love to know more about how you use it in your classroom!


Christy said...

I've been trying to blog about my schools RTI (MTSS is the acronym we use in Kansas), your welcome to bop over and search for RTI posts to hear a little more of what I do.

I student taught in 3rd/4th, and it was with third graders I had used this program with too. I love the structure and I think it works really well. Right now I'm using another program, and tweaking activities from West Virgina to try and get the right mix, but your right, it is a WONDERFUL resource!

Teaching In Oz

Julianne Geherin said...

Hi! It looks like the website isn't active anymore. Is there any way I would be able to get a copy of them from you? Thanks!

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