Do you ever feel overwhelmed trying to figure out how to teach phonics?
How do you decide what to teach when? How do you make sure you cover everything? What words do you use? And how do you find the resources you need, when you need them?
A phonics scope and sequence has you covered!
A phonics scope and sequence provides a systematic and explicit plan for teaching phonics and the core code knowledge.
It helps take the guesswork out of what to teach and when. And your scope and sequence breaks everything down to a clear instructional focus for a week or two, making lesson planning easy. Plus, you can link to resources for each level and lesson right in the document, so you have exactly what you need when you’re ready to prep or teach.
Get a FREE phonics scope and sequence
This phonics scope and sequence is an effective and systematic way to teach phonics to your students without losing sight of the high frequency words they need to master. It leads you through phonics skills for 44 sounds of English, because when phonics instruction is explicit and systematic, students read and write with greater skill.
The free phonics scope and sequence is divided into 8 phonics levels. Each level is then divided into sets that are perfect for a week or two of instructional focus. This scope and sequence provides phonics structure / phoneme, graphemes, example words, high-frequency words, and resources suitable for each level.
Putting your phonics scope and sequence into practice
Once you have your phonics scope and sequence, you can pair it with other resources and be all set for phonics instruction.
Some resources to pair with your phonics scope and sequence:
- Do you waste time and pull out your hair trying to come up with words for each sound and spelling pattern? No more! Phonics Word Lists for Teachers includes words for every phoneme and spelling pattern. It includes both single syllable and multisyllabic word lists so you can meet your students at their level.
- And what about phonics word lists for your students? You can use word lists on a ring, hang them around the classroom, staple them into student journals, or send them home for phonics practice. These lists save you time and provide 57 lists of words to use with students
Phonics tracking sheets
Teaching phonics doesn’t work without monitoring. That means tracking skills taught and how students do with each skill. Your phonics scope and sequence covers what to teach when. Your phonics monitoring tracking sheets show you how students are progressing. Monitoring helps you identify students who are struggling with phonics concepts so you can reteach or provide additional practice. Monitoring also lets you know if the whole class needs additional instruction on a topic and allows you to form small groups based on instructional need.
Other resources for teaching phonics
Having done for you phonics resources at your fingertips is a plus, whatever skill is next in your scope and sequence.
I’m a fan of having a wide variety of phonics activities and games for different skills. This allows students to practice particular skills or sounds again and again and offers options that work for different learners. This No Prep Phonics Kit covers CVC words, multiple digraphs, alternate spellings and more with activity sheets, cootie catchers, games, and writing prompts.
Or set yourself up with phonics homework for the whole year. Use your scope and sequence to set your focus for the week. Provide direct instruction in class, and then supplement with activities that are ready for you to print and send home for additional practice.
Ready to get on top of your phonics lessons? Get your phonics scope and sequence for starters. Mix in word lists, activities, and monitoring tools and you’re all set for the year!