Reading Tools in a Box is a box of reading materials that organizes teaching reading in the most simplistic way. I know when I was a younger teacher, I thought reading was teaching all the phonic rules that I could possibly squeeze in for the year. I never realized that there was actually a scope and sequence to the way reading should be taught.
Reading is not solely about teaching phonic rules. It is also about when to introduce the phonic rules. And this is exactly what the steps in this Reading Tools in a Box does. The box includes 6 steps that sequentially helps you to know where to begin on a reading continuum when teaching students to read.
Knowing little things now that I didn’t know has been so helpful. Knowing that I should begin teaching Closed Syllables first and spend a good deal of time on teaching this step has been a tremendous benefit for my students. Knowing that I need to teach Vowel-Consonant-e Syllables separately from teaching Vowel Team Syllables is huge! This way a student can get a foundation in place with spelling before being bombarded with so many spelling patterns. Also, knowing that the little jingle, “When two vowels go walking’, the first one does the talkin’ is not always true.
Let me explain exactly what is included in Reading Tools in a Box.
First, purchase a box of some sort to place your materials inside. Here are a few examples of a box that would work.
Second, you will need six manila expandable folders. You will have to purchase your own folders. I actually used these expandable folders: https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Summit-Supplies-Reinforced-Expansion/dp/B078KTHYPX/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1539297112&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=file+folders+expandable&psc=1
This way the sides were sealed, and they were a little more roomy inside. Then I label each folder with these labels. Just print these labels to put on your folder. I used clear packaging tape to adhere mine to the folders.
Here is the explanation of the steps and what is included in Reading Tools in a Box. Many of these products can be purchased separately, and if so I have included the link, but if you would like to purchase all the products, then purchase Reading Tools in a Box.
- Letter/Sound Assessment: Letter-Sound Lowercase Assessment
- ABC Writing Assessment: Alphabet Writing Practice
- Reading & Spelling Scope & Sequence/Assessments. These are handy little word lists that organize all six syllable types according to sequence that words need to be taught. This scope and sequence presents the order and the kinds of words that children need to know in order to be successful readers and spellers. Most likely, children will be able to read the words before learning to spell the words. So remember that spelling skills usually lag behind reading skills when teaching. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Spelling-Scope-Sequence-4736683
- Closed Syllable word lists on a ring
- Closed Syllable definition wall poster
- Emergent Reader Level 3 – Nonsense Word Fluency, Quick Assessments, Words, and Two Games: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Emergent-Reader-Level-3a-Nonsense-Word-Fluency-3324276
- Scooping words With Two Closed Syllables: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Scooping-Words-With-Two-Closed-Syllables-1069967
- 5 packets of word cards targeting each vowel’s short sound. These words can be sorted and placed into ziplock baggies. I have included instructions on how to sort the cards and print the labels. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Closed-Syllable-Word-Cards-Word-Work-Notebook-4719206
- Vowel-Consonant-e definition wall poster
- Short & Long Vowel Word Sort: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Short-and-Long-Vowel-Sort-1221379
- Scooping Words With One Closed Syllable & One Vowel Consonant-e Syllable: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Scooping-Words-With-One-Closed-Syllable-and-One-Vowel-Consonant-e-Syllable-2411125
- Vowel-Consonant-e word lists on a ring
- 5 packets of word cards targeting each vowel’s long sound. These words can be sorted and placed into ziplock baggies. I have included the labels that can printed. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vowel-Consonant-e-Word-Cards-and-Word-Work-Notebook-4758704
- Clear the Board Game: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-the-4-Sounds-of-r-Controlled-Vowels-1438226
- Circle Out & Circle In Game
- r-Controlled definition wall poster
- r-Controlled Picture Sorts https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/r-Controlled-Picture-Sorts-3778521
- 5 packets of word cards targeting each vowel’s r-controlled sound. These too can be sorted into ziplock baggies and labels attached. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Scooping-Words-With-One-Closed-Syllable-and-One-Vowel-Consonant-e-Syllable-2411125
- r-Controlled word lists on a ring
- Vowel Teams definition wall poster
- BINGO game: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bingo-with-Vowel-Digraph-Diphthong-Syllables-2182386
- Old Granny/Old Pappy Game
- 10 packets of word cards targeting digraphs and diphthongs. Labels are included for the baggies. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vowel-Teams-Word-Cards-Word-Work-Notebook-4767635
- Vowel Teams Syllable word lists on a ring.
- Open Syllable definition wall poster
- First or Last Syllable Open?
- Open Syllable booklets
- 8 packets of word cards targeting open syllable words. Labels are included for the baggies.
- Open Syllable word lists on a ring
- Final Stable Syllable definition wall poster
- Syllable Divide word tasks
- Blockbuster Game
- Sweet Shop Hop Game
- Circle Out & Circle In Game
- Final Stable word lists on a ring
- 2 packets of word cards targeting final syllable words. Labels are included for the baggies. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Final-Stable-Word-Cards-Word-Work-Notebook-4774545