Decodable Text: Training Wheels for Reading

by | Mar 10, 2022 | 2 comments

Decodable text can be a critical component of what you do as a reading teacher. In this episode of Literacy Talks, hear three experts explore the learning connection between phonics instruction and decodable text and how this can work to motivate striving readers of all ages. Hear the hosts discuss the topic of decodable text from three different perspectives: K–3 classroom teacher, middle/high/adult level tutor, and professor of preservice teachers. A bonus? Discover how parents and caregivers can get involved at home with decodable passages to help students practice and build reading fluency.

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  1. Who are the best high-quality decodable text publishers for grade K-3?

    • Hi Margo,

      Obviously, my number one pick is the Reading Horizons Discovery® Little Books! They help students transfer the skills taught in the program into
      fluent reading. Each story is 90–100% decodable (based on the curriculum’s scope and sequence) to allow for student practice of each skill. The books are Lexile leveled and have comprehension questions as well.

      I also like to refer to this list from the Reading League.

      Jillian Kaster
      Reading Horizons Community and Advocacy Manager


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