Here are some of my favorite go-to sites for free, evidence-based teaching strategies, materials and creative inspiration. Did I say FREE? I’ve organized the list under the 5 major areas of early literacy instruction. Let me know what you try and how you like it. Do you have your own favorite resources? Share them with our readers!
- Reading Rockets Plug in the search term “Phonemic Awareness” for a treasure trove of instructional activities!
- Get Ready to Read! Activity cards, online games, supplemental materials and more.
- TPRI Early Literacy Activities Dozens of strategies, clearly explained. Each Blackline Master includes instructions and a complete description of the activity.
- PALS-– phonological awareness instructional activities including isolating beginning sounds, rhyming, blending and segmenting.
- Florida Center for Reading Research Activities to address foundational reading skills –aligned to Common Core grade level standards. This link connects to a page that has both phonics and phonemic awareness activities.
- Florida Center for Reading Research Instructional routines for teaching phonics skills.
- PALS Alphabet recognition, sound/symbol association, word recognition and spelling.
- Reading Rockets Top 11 Phonics Apps.
- S.P.I.R.E. free lesson plans and decodable books. Click on the “free resources” box on the right hand side of the page.
- Florida Center for Reading Research vocabulary instructional routines for kindergarten and first grade. Click here for second and third grade vocabulary activities. Click here for lesson plans.
- PALS vocabulary, comprehension, oral reading in context
- Florida Center for Reading Research fluency instructional routines for kindergarten and first grade. Click here for second and third grade fluency activities.
- Reading Rockets Top 10 Resources on Fluency.
- Intervention Central reading fluency resources.
- University of Oregon Center on Teaching and Learning. Look under the heading “Applying the Concepts” for activities.
- Florida Center for Reading Research comprehension instructional routines for kindergarten and first grade. Click here for second and third grade comprehension activities.
- IES Practice Guide: Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten through Third Grade.
- Texas Education Agency Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension.