FreeReading provides a library of activities and other curricular resources for literacy development. The resources presented on this site are intended to be used by educators, helping guide both instruction and intervention with students who are building their literacy skills. This site was originally developed with the support of an Advisory Board including leading educators and experts on literacy development, among other partners.
What type of literacy activities does FreeReading offer?
- Print Concepts: Students learn how different forms of print are read.
- Phonological Awareness: Students learn to identify and manipulate the sounds in spoken words including skills such as oral segmenting and oral blending.
- Letter Sounds: Students learn to say the most common sound for printed letters.
- Sounding Out: Students learn to decode printed regular words.
- Word Recognition: Students learn to recognize common regular words by sight.
- Irregular Words: Students learn to read 30 high-frequency irregular words.
- Irregular Words 2: Students expand the set of high-frequency words they can read by sight.
- Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read word families, compound words, contractions, double-letter words, silent-letter words, -ed words and -s words.
- Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa and to decode VCe words such as made and time.
- Prefixes and Suffixes: Students learn the meaning of selected prefixes and suffixes and understand how they can be added to a word to change its meaning.
- Comprehension: Students learn comprehension skills through read alouds, guided practice, and application of the skills.
- Vocabulary: Students learn the meaning of vocabulary words by participating in read alouds, using graphic organizers to clarify meaning, and engaging in a variety of activities to expand their understanding.
- Fluency: Students learn to read their first sentences and short passages.
- Letter Writing: Students learn to handwrite each letter of the alphabet.
- Writing: Students learn to identify and apply elements of fiction and non-fiction writing genres.
Content on this site, such as activities and lessons, is available for your use under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license, which allows you to use the content in a variety of ways so long as you attribute the original content and you allow others to use the new content in the same manner. In using the site content, note that while we try to ensure that it’s consistent with the latest reading research, not all content (especially user contributions) has been through a peer review process.