• ELA / Literacy: Foundational Skills

    Foundational skills are critical for students in kindergarten, first, and second grade in all college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core. Foundational skills standards include print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, and fluency.

    On this page, teachers can find resources and protocols that can be immediately implemented to support foundational skills instruction. We are actively soliciting input on the use of these resources.

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  • Foundational Skills Guidance Document

    This guide outlines the essential instructional components to teach early reading skills. It is intended to provide teachers with best practices to support the explicit teaching of foundational skills: print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, and fluency.

  • Effective Enhancements for Foundational Skills Instruction

    This document includes student-friendly, fun, and engaging games, songs, and activities that can be used to enhance foundational skills lessons. (Excerpted from the Foundational Skills Guidance Document)

  • Foundational Skills Assessment Protocol

    This document provides an assessment protocol for phonics and high frequency words, including an informal observations checklist to capture notes from student observations and a guide for weekly dictation. (Excepted from the Foundational Skills Guidance Document)

  • Decodable Protocol (Grade 1)

    This resource contains a suggested protocol for repeated reads of decodable readers offering several opportunities to reinforce taught content (phonics, high frequency words, and fluency), along with sample content to demonstrate use. (Excerpted from the Foundational Skills Guidance Document)

  • Journeys Text-Specific Decodable Reader Samples – Kindergarten

    A suggested protocol for repeated reads of decodable readers, specific to the Journeys curriculum for kindergarten, offering several opportunities to reinforce taught content (phonics, high frequency words, and fluency).

  • Journeys Text-Specific Decodable Reader Samples - Grade 1

    A suggested protocol for repeated reads of decodable readers, specific to the Journeys curriculum for grade one, offering several opportunities to reinforce taught content (phonics, high frequency words, and fluency).