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Here at TT, we are absolutely OBSESSED with everything that the Science of Reading can bring to your pedagogy and all the amazing ways it can improve student outcomes. Want to know more? Read on! 📚

 

The Science of Reading is a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction built on cognitive science and research-backed methodologies. It emphasises the importance of systematically teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension – the foundational pillars of reading. Educators implementing this approach recognise that reading is a complex cognitive skill requiring explicit and systematic instruction. As teachers, we can effectively support students in developing strong literacy skills by incorporating evidence-based practices into our pedagogy, such as explicit instruction, multi-sensory techniques and frequent assessment.

 

For a more in-depth exploration of the five key elements of the Science of Reading, check out our earlier blog exploring ways of implementing these techniques in your classroom. Today, we’re going to be diving deep into our brand new collection of Science of Reading-aligned resources, designed to simplify your planning and take your students to the next level 🚀

 

 

 

Our Science of Reading resources come in so many different versions, it can be hard to keep track! 🏎️

You’ll find each of our dedicated Science of Reading tasks sorted into the following variations:

 

💛 Sound Patterns: Each activity is available in 17 different sound patterns, perfect for whatever stage of reading your students have reached. We recommend completing these sound patterns in the following order:

 

CVC

Double Consonants (ff, ll, ss, zz)

CVCC/CVCC

Digraphs (sh, ch, th)

Digraphs (ck, wh, qu, ng)

/ae/

/ee/

/oe/

/er/

/ee/

/ow/

/oo/ (as in moon)

/ie/

/oo/ (as in book)

/or/

/air/

/oy/

/ar/

 

💛 State Fonts: All our SoR resources come in 12 font options, including state print and pre-cursive fonts. Choose the font that best suits your school requirements!

 

 

Each individual activity comes with a detailed description of how to use the resource, including additional required materials or differentiation options. You can use these resources in a wide range of different ways, including:

 

💛 Make Small Group Packs: Print a full set of each game onto thick cardstock. Cut out and sort into file folders or ziplock bags. You can use a photo storage box like this Kmart set for each sound pattern or use colour-coded tabs in a binder file. Now you’re ready to pull out exactly what you need for last-minute small group workstations or fast finisher games! Use and re-use for years to come ⭐️

 

💛 Use for Assessment: We have Teacher Word Lists available for every sound pattern included in our sets! For a super simple assessment method, keep one word list per student for each sound pattern, observe them completing an activity and highlight when they successfully read and/or write each word from the list. When reporting season rolls around, you’ll have the perfect evidence to use for assessment! ✏️

 

💛 1-to-1 Observation: Many of our SoR activities can be completed independently and don’t require pairs or small groups to be usable. This means that they’re perfect for completing a one on one observation to check for understanding or assess progress. Your students will be having so much fun, they’ll forget they’re learning! 😎

 

 

 

We currently have 21 different Science of Reading activities available for you to choose from on the webby! 😱 So let’s break them down and explore some of our favourite options to see how they can be used to easily enhance your English lessons 📖

 

 

💛 Spin & Splat: Use a spinner (we recommend a pencil on a paperclip!) to spin the wheel and identify a picture. Students use play dough to ‘splat’ the matching word on their game board. Play continues until they have managed to ‘splat’ every word on their board! Add a competitive element by having students take turns to spin and splat, with the winner being the first student to complete their board.

 

💛 Flip & Find Pictures: Incorporating an Elkonin Box in the form of a colourful xylophone, this super fun task asks students to flip a card from a pile, ‘play’ the number of sounds they hear, then find the matching picture. You could turn this into a fun fishing game by laying cards face down across the table, taping a paperclip to the back of each card, and creating ‘fishing rods’ from pencils, string and small magnets! This game is also available as Flip & Find Words, switching the word cards and picture game boards.

 

💛 Phuno: Based on THAT card game, students match cards by spelling or by colour. The first person to use all their cards wins! This activity is great for fast finishers, as they’re already familiar with the game’s rules and can jump straight into play. Fun cards like Reverse, Skip, Colour Change and Sound Change will also challenge students’ problem solving skills.

 

 

 

 

Need easy written evidence? Haven’t got time to prep games? Want something curriculum-aligned and productive to throw at a relief teacher? We’ve got you covered 😎 Our fun and engaging Science of Reading worksheets will keep your students busy and focused in a meaningful way. Check out some of our favourites below!

 

 

💛 Across & Down Words: Every student loves a crossword! Full crosswords are often too tricky for our younger learners, so this worksheet uses the core concept of the puzzle in a simplified way. Students read a sentence, with one word replaced by an image. They match the image to a word, which will fit either across or down in the accompanying puzzle. Can they find the letter shared by both words?

 

💛 Secret Sentences: Can your students solve the puzzle to find the secret sentence? In this task, students match pictures to words and write them into boxes. But watch out! Some boxes are numbered, meaning the letters in them spell out a secret code sentence. Once they’ve found their secret sentence, students use the provided space to draw a matching picture.

 

💛 Odd One Out: Sort through the pictures and find the one that doesn’t belong! Students read words and use colours to match them to their picture. Once they have found every word in the word bank, one picture will remain. They must identify the word belonging to that picture and write it on their worksheet. Perfect for kinaesthetic, creative learners who love colouring in!

 

 

 

 

 

💛 You Do You: The best thing about these resources is their flexibility! Use and alter the activities that suit you and your class.

Want to use the Teacher Word Lists for a quick reading assessment? Do it!

Want to play Peg It, Write It but don’t have pegs? Use paperclips, counters, markers – whatever you like!

Want to play Flip, Make & Write, but your students are obsessed with play dough right now? Why not remove the sound cards and have students mould the letters instead?

The options really are endless! 🥰

 

💛 Extend & Mix Sets: You can easily differentiate for students who need a bit more of a challenge by combining multiple sound pattern sets into one monster game! Can they still segment and blend when they’re focusing on more than one sound?

We recommend labelling individual sets before combining to make it easier to separate again as needed. Use a marker on the back of individual cards, or print black and white copies on colour-coded cardstock.

 

💛 Get Digital: Our Digi-Tool Dashboard is full of amazing tools that you can use in conjunction with our Science of Reading resources for a truly engaging lesson- and you can use it on your interactive whiteboard OR independently on tablets!

The Word Builder comes complete with every sound pattern included in our sets (plus more!), ideal for revising common words and learning new ones. You can also use the Timer to time workstations when completing multiple activities, practise specific word lists with the Flashcards, or randomise which game students will play using the Spinner. There are so many ways to bring digital interaction into your hands-on learning experience!

 

 

How will you be using our SoR resources in your classroom? Don’t forget to tag us @topteacher and show us what you’re up to! ⭐️

 

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