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Phonemic Awareness

Phonological awareness means being able to hear the sounds that make up a word.  Children who have developed phonological awareness are able to recognize words that are similar, including words that rhyme like “cat” and “hat” and words that start with the same sound like “cat” and “car.” They are also able to recognize when words are different like “top” and “cow.” Children who have developed phonoligical awareness usually have an easier time learning to read.

Chicken Coop (K-3)
Match the beginning sound using picture clues.

Fuzzy Lion Ears (K-3)
Label the picture by adding the beginning letter.

Human Body Sounds (K-3)
Say the sound provided at the beginning of a word.

Phoneme Pop (K-3)
“Catch” the letter that makes... More

Learning the Alphabet

The alphabetic principle is the idea that words are made up of letters that represent sounds. When children develop an understanding of the this principle, they recognize that the letters they see in printed words are related to the sounds they hear when they say the word out loud. This helps children that the relationship between letters and sounds can be used to help them read new words.

ABC Game (K-3)
Click on a letter box to hear the letter name and sound.

Boowa and Kwala Alphabet Game (K-3)
Click on the requested letter.

Which Letter is…....? (K-3)
Choose the correct letter.



Decoding means being able to recognize and analyze a printed word to connect it to the spoken word it represents. These skills include the ability to recognize the basic sounds and sound blends that make up a word.

Learn to Read
A variety of games requesting children to match words with pictures. Targets numerous decoding skills.
Numerous stories are orally read highlighting introduced sound. (K-4)
The interactive reading games are ideal for developing the reading skills of children. (Grades K-2)
Coconut Vowels in an educational computer activity that provides spelling practice with vowels. Coconuts with words in them fall to the beach. The student... More

What Should I Do With the Little Books My Child Brings Home K-2

Are you looking for some fun ways to help your child develop their reading skills using simple leveled books?

Before reading the book- The Picture Walk:
Going on a simple picture walk with your child, before reading the book can stimulate their natural curiosity and spark an interest in the story.  By taking a picture walk with your child you are activating their prior knowledge of the book’s topic, discussing new vocabulary words that may be difficult for them to read and basic story structure.  Taking a picture walk is as simple as flipping through the book, page by page, without reading any of the words. ... More

Choosing Books for Independent Reading Grades 5-8

Students in grades 5-8 are administered the Star Reading Assessment two times during the school year- September and February.  One of the purposes of the assessment is to identify your child’s Independent Reading Level   also called the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD).  Your child’s Zone of Proximal Development is the range of readability that is neither too difficult, nor too easy, but where your child makes optimal growth in their comprehension and fluency.  Books can be found within your child’s range on the AR Book finder website.  Ask your child’s reading teacher for more details about your child’s ZPD.  Click below for the link and directions for finding a book in... More


Comprehension is the ability to understand what is read. Skills include the ability to set a goal, predict, ask questions, make connections, visualize, and clarify.
Practice following instructions while completing a number of different challenges. (Grades 1-6)
This site offers a variety of reading comprehension strategies to practice. (Grades 1-6)
Elements of a Story is an interactive Web site where students can learn about different literary “ingredients” that make up a story. (Grade 3-6)
Focus on specific the comprehension skills of main idea, sequencing, vocabulary, and details in a short passages with immediate feedback for responses. Grades K-5)”>
This site offers read-aloud stories targeted to comprehension.... More

Finding Leveled Books at the Glencoe Public Library Grades K-2

Did you know that the Glencoe Public Library has EARLY READERS color coded to help your child find books at their independent reading level?
GREEN DOTS- Are for beginning readers that need help with reading. Level Range- A-C
RED DOTS- Are for independent readers that still need some support. Level Range- D-F
BLUE DOTS- Are for independent readers that can read silently on their own. Level Range- G-I
YELLOW DOTS- Are for students reading early chapter books. Level Range- J- M
**Watch this short video on how to help your child use the 5 Finger Rule for selecting books at his/her independent reading level.
Finding... More

Leveled Reading Book Lists K-6

During the summer it is important to provide your child access to high interest books at his/her independent reading level. Included below are links to books at independent reading levels C to Z. Many of these books are at the public library or the bookstore. Please check with their classroom teacher if you do not know your child’s independent reading level.
Leveled Book List- C to I
Leveled Book List- H to M
Leveled Book List- L to P
Leveled Book List- O to T
Leveled Book List- S to W
Leveled Book List- V to Z