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Units of Study in Phonics, Grade K Bundle

By Lucy Calkins

The transformation that happens during kindergarten is astonishing. At the start of your year, many of your children will be holding their books upside down and backwards and making letters look like squiggles, but by the end the year, they will be reading and writing for their own important purposes. Phonics instruction is at the center of this transformation.


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List Price: $431.25

Web/School Price: $345.00


This product is part of the series:  The UOS Phonics Series

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About the Series

The new Units of Study in Phonics:

  • provide a lean and concise instructional pathway in phonics that is realistic and doable, and that taps into kids’ skills and energy for tackling the fabulous challenge of learning to read and write
  • introduce high-leverage phonics concepts and strategies in a way that keeps pace with students’ reading and writing and helps them understand when, how, and why they can use phonics to read and write
  • offer delightfully fun and engaging storylines, classroom mascots, songs, chants, rhymes, and games to help students fall head over heels in love with phonics and to create a joyous community of learners
  • align with state-of-the-art reading and writing workshops for a coherent approach in which terminology, tools, rituals, and methods are shared in ways that benefit both teachers and kids

Overview of Grade K Units

Unit 1: Making Friends with Letters

Over the course of this unit, you’ll immerse your children in letters and sounds, rhyme and word play. Your kids will grow in leaps and bounds. This unit supports a variation of Patricia Cunningham’s beloved “Star Names” unit. On almost every day throughout the unit, the class will study another name. You’ll use your children’s names, and the letters in those names, to teach phonics concepts. Over the course of the unit you will build a name wall which will eventually contain all of the names in your class.

Unit 2: Word Scientists

In this unit, you will focus on letter knowledge and letter-sound correspondence, phonological awareness, and high-frequency words. You’ll work with kids to study the alphabet chart, to use the alphabet to write, and to study and use high-frequency words to read and write. In each bend, you’ll introduce songs, games, poems, and nursery rhymes that you’ll revisit again and again to support phonemic awareness and early reading concepts.

Unit 3: Word-Part Power

You’ll start this unit with a bend that help all your students make that giant step from writing labels to writing sentences. In Bend II, kids learn to use word-part power to grasp the power of phonograms. We also introduce the word wall to support kids in learning a growing number of high-frequency words. In Bend III, students learn that the words at, in, it, and an have word power and can be made into lots of other words. We introduce digraphs (sh, th, wh, ch) and use them with word parts to make even more words.

Unit 4: Vowel Power

At the start of this unit, we add a new super power: vowel power! You will introduce new high-frequency words, am and did, that further students’ study of short A and short I. As the first bend gives way to the second bend, you’ll continue the puzzling work of distinguishing short-vowel sounds from one another. In the third bend, students will study vowels in words that are longer than CVC words. You’ll teach children how knowledge of CVC words is foundational to writing any words they choose.

Unit 5: Playing with Phonics

This unit is designed to be whimsical, experimental, joyful and most of all, fun, as students are introduced to blends and think about not only what sounds letters make, but the instances in which those sounds are changed, muted, or manipulated by neighboring letters. This unit challenges students to to tackle longer words and to begin thinking about the sounds that they hear in word parts or phonograms. The unit culminates with phonics projects that draw on all the phonics work children have engaged in during their kindergarten year.

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Ordering Guidance

This bundle contains the Grade K Phonics Units set plus the Resource Pack

  • Each teacher will need one set of Units and one Resource Pack. Either purchase the Units of Study in Phonics, Grade K Bundle (as shown here) to receive both, or purchase the Grade K Phonics Units set alone and purchase the Resource Pack separately. 
  • In addition, schools will need to plan for some other resources including a stuffed elephant or lion (Mabel and Rasheed—our K and grade 1 mascots) for each classroom, plus some other classroom materials, such as white boards and magnetic letters, that many classrooms already have.  For a complete list of resources, see inventory/shopping list: Grade K

A Note About the Resource Pack

The Resource Pack comes packaged in two boxes (Part 1 and Part 2). They are composed of resources made from good-quality card stock, all beautifully illustrated and printed in 4-color. Each resource pack contains a variety of full-color, illustrated, posters; charts; picture, photo, word, and letter cards; copies of poems and songs; assessment materials; and much more—about 40 pounds of resources per grade level!

For more information about the Phonics series, visit the Phonics webpage.


Five Units of Study

  • Designed to be taught roughly at the same time as the corresponding reading and/or writing unit of study, keeping pace with those units

A Guide to the Phonics Units of Study

  • crystallizes the essential principles, methods, and structures that undergird this phonics curriculum along with an overview of the developmental progression that the series supports

Small Groups to Support Phonics

  • Offers support in coaching into the work that students do during each session and in leading small groups to support students in transferring their phonics learning to their ongoing reading and writing

Mentor Text 

The Grade K phonics units set comes with the following trade book to be used as a demonstration text for teachers to model the skills and strategies students will try:

  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Resource Pack (included in this bundle)

  • Each resource pack contains a variety of full-color, illustrated, posters; charts; picture, photo, word, and letter cards; copies of poems and songs; assessment materials; and much more

Online Resources

  • Each unit includes downloadable, printable pdfs of the materials included in the resource packs, links to videos, assessment tools, small group resources, and more