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Using Sound Power to Read, Rising Grade 1, Summer 2021

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

This unit engages young kids to write for real-world reasons: to make signs, letters, how-to books, songs, and playful rhymes. It supports phonemic awareness and letter/sound knowledge. Research is clear that writing is one of the most potent ways for young kids to practice and develop skills at stretching out words, segmenting them, and hearing initial, middle, final sounds.

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About the TCRWP Virtual Summer School Curriculum

These all-new, standards-based—and joyful—summer school units/modules were developed around what we observe to be the most important needs of students as they emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare for the new school year. We offer the units in a suggested sequence, but, because we know that some schools and districts will wish to plan their own sequence, each module can be purchased a-la-carte as well. See the “Subscription Terms and Conditions” section on this webpage for more information.

About this Unit/Module

Using Sound Power to Read is designed to support conventional reading of CVC and CCVC words. This unit supports phonics and decoding, using word cards and white boards as well as connected decodable texts. All of this high-leverage skill work is taught using the familiar and engaging direct instruction, coaching, and community connection. 

Students will review and consolidate their alphabet knowledge and use segmenting skills to label their picture books. They will also use those same skills to play letter-sound and word games with partners. The end of this bend pushes students to use additive blending skills to decode CVC words. 

Readers work with reading partners, reading and rereading books from their bins, while teachers lead the all-important small groups. They use these skills in concert with increasing knowledge of sight vocabulary. 

Invite readers to lead their own reading school with their stuffed animals, teaching their stuffies all that the children themselves are learning. They’ll teach their stuffies how to decode words, how to read books, and how to write books. To do all this, the children will read and reread books, songs, and word cards. 

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