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The Lion and the Rat
The Lion and the Rat
Guided Lesson
The Lion and the Rat
In this lesson, preschoolers focus on the alphabet by learning the letters L, R, and K. Kids are guided through the classic children's story of The Lion and the Rat, with an accompanying curriculum that targets each child's understanding of the unique sounds these letters make. Seeing the letters in a fun, engaging environment also reinforces the letter recognition skills crucial for early readers.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Letter Sounds 1
Letter Sounds 1
Guided Lesson
Letter Sounds 1
This lesson guides students in understanding letter-sound correspondence for consonants M, S, B, R, P, K, T, G, F, L. It also introduces other techniques for pronouncing the most frequent sounds that these consonants make, including sound-to-letter correspondence and sound-to-image correspondence. This will help kindergarteners to read more fluently, with enhanced understanding of new texts. The lesson also engages listening skills that are a crucial part of the kindergarten curriculum.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Silent E 2
Silent E 2
Guided Lesson
Silent E 2
The silent E makes a vowel says its name! Help your child remember this spelling pattern with these learning resources.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Blending 1
Blending 1
Guided Lesson
Blending 1
Consonant-vowel-consonant or CVC words include examples such as paw, cow and pop. Identifying these words and understanding the sound that they make is crucial to building reading fluency. This guided lesson provides practice with CVC words by focusing on their intial, medial and ending sounds. You can boost learning with our supplemental worksheets that offer more practice with CVC words.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Phonics 1
Phonics 1
Guided Lesson
Phonics 1
Second grade phonics covers more advanced rules that build upon kids' foundational reading skills, such as vowel pairs (ai, ee, ea, oo), long and short vowels, and the silent E. This guided lesson covers these three areas in order to enhance kids' skills with decoding more challenging texts. You can boost reading fluency further by printing the phonics worksheets that go with this lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Word Play
Word Play
Guided Lesson
Word Play
This word play lesson teaches second graders about diphthongs (ow, ou, oi, oy and ew words) and tricky plural nouns (geese, feet, mice). It also introduces kids to the bossy R rule, which states that when the letter r follows a vowel it changes the way the word is pronouced, for example far, car, and fur. These rules can help second graders advance their reading fluency and spelling skills.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Short A 1
Short A 1
Guided Lesson
Short A 1
Bag, cat and cap are all examples of short A words that kindergarteners will be learning to read this year. You can support this learning with a guided exploration of the short A sound. Kids will be taught how to identify the short A within text, in addition to the corresponding sound. Check out our short A printables for more phonics practice.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Spelling 2
Spelling 2
Guided Lesson
Spelling 2
Learning certain patterns and word structures can be extremely helpful in learning to spell words correctly. This series of activities and exercises walk students through some of the most common patterns, like double consonants, homophones and contractions where they will have the opportunity to learn and practice spelling more difficult words. Students will also attack some more commonly misspelled words in the English language.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Segmenting 1
Segmenting 1
Guided Lesson
Segmenting 1
This guided lesson builds upon kindergarteners' understanding of consonant-vowel-consonant or CVC words. Exercises teach kids how to spell CVC words, in addition to understanding how to pronounce each segment of the word. As children learn to swap out individual letters within words, they will build important phonemic fluency. Don't forget to check out our CVC word printables for further practice.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Silent E 1
Silent E 1
Guided Lesson
Silent E 1
Learning silent E rules is one of the trickiest concepts for early readers. Words such as cube/cub, robe/rob and tube/tub are particularly confusing to decipher. How can one little letter make so much of a difference? This lesson can help smooth the way with guided exercises and examples that bolster your student's ability to recognize, understand and read the letter E.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Letter Sounds 2
Letter Sounds 2
Guided Lesson
Letter Sounds 2
This guided lesson provides an introduction to the letter-sound correspondence for consonants N, D, H, J, C, W, V, Y, Z. It also works sound-to-letter and sound-to-image correspondence, which are different strategies to help students decipher pronunciation of unknown words. Not only does this work important listening skills, but teaches kids to look for context clues in what they are reading.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Spelling 3
Spelling 3
Guided Lesson
Spelling 3
This series of spelling activities provides 5th grade spelling lists and exercises that target grade level spelling patterns. Students will learn spelling related word patters like homophones and long vowels in multi-syllable words and also how the spelling of words is affected by adding suffixes. Students will also examine and learn some more commonly misspelled words in the English language.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Segmenting 2
Segmenting 2
Guided Lesson
Segmenting 2
Segmenting is a reading technique to help first graders break apart the sounds in new words. One example of this would be segmenting the sound units in the word black (b/l/a/k). This can help early readers tackle new words on their own, boosting reading confidence. This guided lesson teaches kids how to segment words in order to improve overall reading fluency.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Short I 1
Short I 1
Guided Lesson
Short I 1
Being able to recognize the short I sound, as in dig, fin and kid, is one of the foundations of kindergarten phonics. This guided lesson teaches kids all about the short I, and offers lots of practice to encourage retention. You can get even more practice with this phonics skill by checking out the printables that work in partership with this lesson.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Short U 1
Short U 1
Guided Lesson
Short U 1
This guided lesson focuses on short U, as in jump, sun, and duck. Kids learn how to recognize and read this sound, then practice with short U words. Breaking up lessons based on vowel sounds helps kids chunk concepts together, easing retention and boosting phonics skills. Once you are through with the lesson, consider downloading some of the accompanying short U printables for extended learning.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Short E 1
Short E 1
Guided Lesson
Short E 1
Vowels make more than one sound! Recognizing letters is a crucial skill for early readers. Recognizing the sounds they make is the next step. Help your child become a fluent reader and speaker with this short E lesson.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Short E 2
Short E 2
Guided Lesson
Short E 2
The short E sound, found in words such as leg, lemon and pen, is one of the most common vowel sounds in the English language, and one that first graders will often find in the texts they are learning to read. This lesson provides guided practice with the short E sound through targeted instruction and helpful examples. Check out our short E worksheets at the end of the lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Short A 2
Short A 2
Guided Lesson
Short A 2
Having a strong understanding of short A words like bag, hand and bat can help first graders with reading fluency. This guided lesson helps to support first graders as they expand their comprehension of short A words. With targeted exercises and familiar examples, the lesson will take kids through the short A words they will most commonly come acrsoos in first grade texts.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Short O 2
Short O 2
Guided Lesson
Short O 2
In first grade phonics, it's important to reinforce kids' understanding of short O words like dolphin, dog, sock and doll. By learning short vowels, kids can decode and decipher these sounds in words they don't already know. This guided lesson takes first graders through exercises and examples that will help them practice identifying short O sounds within a text.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Sight Words 5
Sight Words 5
Guided Lesson
Sight Words 5
Some words are easily pronounced, such as cat, while others do not follow common rules of pronouciation and are more difficult for early readers to decipher. These are called sight words. This guided lesson provides kids with lots of examples of sight words, plus opportunities to practice what they have learned. When the lesson is finished, check out our accompanying sight words worksheets.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Short I 2
Short I 2
Guided Lesson
Short I 2
Understanding how to pronounce the short I sound, such as in pill and film, is important for first graders encountering words they don't know. This guided lesson teaches kids all about the Short I sound, and provides lots of examples of short I words. Targeted practice like this helps to reinforce kids' understanding of short vowel sounds and boosts phonemic awareness, upon which lifelong reading skills are based.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Short U 2
Short U 2
Guided Lesson
Short U 2
Knowing the patterns for pronouncing short U words, such as jump, mug and sun, can help kids decipher and decode new texts. This lesson provides guided instruction to teach kids how to say the short U sound, and gives lots of examples of short U words first graders will commonly encounter. For more practice with short U words, be sure to check out the accompanying worksheets.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson