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There are reading comprehension and word study warm-ups for grades 2-6 and for intervention in grades 3-8. Browse below to see the scope of the skills.


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Reading Comprehension

Types of Details


Spiral Review 1-5 Info Investigator

Students read a variety of genres and identify different types of details in text at 100-110 wpm in Info Investigator.

  • SR1: Facts vs. Examples 
  • SR2: Description vs. Example
  • SR3: Examples 
  • SR4: Facts vs. Examples 
  • SR5: Description vs. Example 
  • Spiral Review 6-10 Fill-in-the-Blank

    Students read a variety of genres and identify different types of details in text at 100-110 wpm in Info Investigator.

  • SR6: Descriptions and Examples
  • SR7: Facts and Examples
  • SR8: Descriptions and Examples
  • SR9: Facts and Examples 
  • SR10: Descriptions and Examples
  • Spiral Review 11-15 Open-Ended

    In Types of Details Spiral Reviews 11-15, students read a variety of genres and use different types of details to support the stated main ideas of paragraphs.

  • SR11: Fiction Examples
  • SR12: Informational Examples
  • SR13: Informational Descriptions
  • SR14: Poetry Descriptions
  • SR15: Informational Facts
  • Stated Main Ideas


    Spiral Review 1-5 Info Investigator

    Stated Main Idea Spiral Reviews 1-5 use a video-based activity called Info Investigator to increase student fluency and comprehension of literal main ideas.

  • SR1: Informational Text (Info Investigator 90wpm)
  • SR2: Biography (Info Investigator 90wpm)
  • SR3: Informational Text (Info Investigator 90wpm)
  • SR4: Biography (Info Investigator 90wpm)
  • SR5: Informational Text (Info Investigator 90wpm)
  • Spiral Review 6-10 Open-Ended

    Stated Main Idea Spiral Reviews 6-10 use task card projectables with open-ended questions to prompt student discussion and writing about details and main ideas in short texts.

  • SR6: Fiction (Task Cards with Literal Main Idea)
  • SR7: Biography (Task Cards with Literal Main Idea)
  • SR8: Fiction (Task Cards with Literal Main Idea)
  • SR9: Biography (Task Cards with Literal Main Idea)
  • SR10: Fiction (Task Cards with Literal Main Idea)
  • Spiral Review 11-15 Multiple-Choice

    Stated Main Idea Spiral Reviews 11-15 use multiple-choice questions on task card projectables let students practice identifying a stated main idea in a variety of texts.

  • SR11: Informational (Multiple-Choice)
  • SR12: Fiction (Multiple-Choice)
  • SR13: Informational (Multiple-Choice)
  • SR14: Poetry (Multiple-Choice)
  • SR15: Informational (Multiple-Choice)
  • Spiral Review 16-20 Best Main Idea Videos

    Students read timed texts at 90 wpm, turn and talk about the details, and identify the best main idea from two choices in an activity called Best Main Idea.

  • SR16: Expository Science
  • SR17: Fantasy
  • SR18: Expository Social Studies
  • SR19: Fantasy
  • SR20: Expository Science
  • Spiral Review 21-25 Info Investigator

    These interactive video warm-ups are rich with academic vocabulary and content. Students read timed texts at 100-110 wpm, turn and talk about the main idea, and get immediate feedback. 

  • SR21: Informational
  • SR22: Expository (Social Studies)
  • SR23: Informational
  • SR24: Expository (Social Studies)
  • SR25: Expository (Social Studies)
  • Inferring Main Ideas


    Spiral Review 1-5 Turn & Talk and Multiple-Choice

    These task card format warm-ups use Turn and Talk activities for students to make connection among details and infer the main idea.

  • SR1: Informational
  • SR2: Biography
  • SR3: Informational
  • SR4: Biography
  • SR5: Informational
  • Spiral Review 6-10 Open-Ended

    Students infer the main idea after reading texts (Lexile 500-750). There are two tasks per day in an open-ended format. Students can write, talk, or answer in a class discussion format.

  • SR6 Informational
  • SR7 Poetry
  • SR8 Informational
  • SR9 Fictional
  • SR10 Informational
  • Spiral Review 11-15 Multiple-Choice

    Students infer the main idea in multiple-choice questions after reading texts (Lexile 500-750). Use for silent reading, partner reading, group work, or shared reading.

  • SR11 Informational
  • SR12 Poetry
  • SR13 Informational
  • SR14 Fictional
  • SR15 Informational
  • Spiral Review 16-20 Multiple-Choice

    These are the inferring main ideas and multiple-choice versions of Stated Main Ideas SR16-20.

  • SR16 Expository (Science)
  • SR17 Fantasy
  • SR18 Expository (Social Studies)
  • SR19 Fantasy 
  • SR20 Expository (Science)
  • Making Inferences 1


    Spiral Review 1-5 Open & Multiple-Choice

    Task Card Projectables: Students read fiction (900L-1000L), make inferences, and cite text evidence.

  • SR1 Fiction (Characters)
  • SR2 Fiction (Characters)
  • SR3 Fiction (Characters)
  • SR4 Fiction (Characters) 
  • SR5 Fiction (Characters)
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    Fluency Builder

    Fluency Builder


    Level 1 Week 1

    Sentence fluency with meaning. Students will move from 70wpm to 80wpm in short segmented text.

  • Day 1: Sentence Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 2: Sentence Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 3: Sentence Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 4: Sentence Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 5: Progress Monitoring
  • Level 1 Week 2

    Sentence fluency with meaning. Students will move from 70wpm to 80wpm in short segmented text.

  • Day 1: Sentence Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 2: Sentence Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 3: Sentence Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 4: Sentence Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 5: Progress Monitoring
  • Level 2 Week 1

    Sentence fluency with meaning. Students will move from 70wpm to 80wpm in short segmented text.

  • Day 1: Paragraph Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 2: Paragraph Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 3: Paragraph Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 4: Paragraph Fluency 70wpm
  • Day 5: Progress Monitoring
  • Level 3 Week 1

    Sentence fluency with meaning. Students will move from 80wpm to 90wpm in short segmented text.

  • Day 1: Sentence Fluency 90wpm
  • Day 2: Sentence Fluency 90wpm
  • Day 3: Sentence Fluency 90wpm
  • Day 4: Sentence Fluency 90wpm
  • Day 5: Progress Monitoring
  • Level 4 Week 1

    Paragraph fluency with meaning. Students will master 90wpm in extended timed texts with meaning.

  • Day 1: Paragraph Fluency 90wpm
  • Day 2: Paragraph  Fluency 90wpm
  • Day 3: Paragraph Fluency 90wpm
  • Day 4: Paragraph Fluency 90wpm
  • Day 5: Progress Monitoring
  • Word Study

    Word Fluency


    Decoding Fluency 1 Week 1

    This week of Fluency 1 focuses on basic decoding skills for 2nd and 3rd grade consonant blends. Fluency is built through choral response, timed written response, word sorts, and Word Racer.

  • Blends sc, st, sp, sk
  • Blends sl, sn
  • Spiral Review 1
  • Blends nd ng nt
  • Spiral Review 2
  • Decoding Fluency 1 Week 2

    The 2nd week of Fluency 1 focuses on decoding skills for 2nd and 3rd grade consonant blends. Decoding rate is increased with the introduction of Gold Racer.

  • Blends mp
  • Blends pr, pl
  • Spiral Review 3
  • Blends br, dr
  • Spiral Review 4
  • Decoding Fluency 1 Week 3

    Weeks 3-4 of Decoding Fluency 1 focus on upper elementary decoding patterns to help students tackle multi-syllabic words with confidence.

  • Blends str
  • Blends scr
  • Spiral Review 5
  • Blends spr, spl
  • Spiral Review 6
  • Decoding Fluency 1 Week 4

    These decoding patterns form the basis of upper elementary orthography. They help strengthen readers fluency and accuracy in multi-syllabic words.

  • Blends ld, lf
  • Blends lk
  • Blends fr, tr
  • Blends sw, cl
  • Spiral Review 7
  • Word Fluency 2 Week 1

    Fluency 1 focused on blends, Fluency 2 focuses on decoding words with vowel digraphs. Word sorts, videos, choral reading, and word racer.

  • Vowel Digraphs ai ay (long A)
  • Vowel Digraphs ea oa (long E & O)
  • Spiral Review 8
  • Initial Blends
  • Spiral Review 9
  • Word Fluency 2 Week 2

    This week of Fluency 2 speeds up with Platinum Racer, and students deepen word mastery with word sorts and timed word identification activities.

  • Vowel Digraphs ea ey (long E)
  • Consonant Digraphs sh
  • Spiral Review 10
  • Vowel Digraphs oe ow (long O)
  • Spiral Review 11
  • Word Fluency 2 Advanced

    These advanced consonant digraphs are practiced in two- and three-syllable words in word racer, micro-lessons, and in quick writes. This is an important unit for upper elementary decoding, but it also lays the groundwork for advanced orthography.

  • Consonant Digraphs th ch
  • Consonant Digraphs ph gh
  • Spiral Review th, ch, ph, gh (Word Racer)
  • Consonant Digraphs dg, ge
  • Spiral Review dg, ge, ph, gh (Word Racer)
  • Word Building


    Spelling 1 Vowels, Digraphs, Blends

    Student work on word building activities to strengthen spelling skills in short vowels and consonant digraphs. 

  • Short Vowels One-Syllable
  • Consonant Digraphs ch ck
  • Spiral Review 1
  • Short Vowels One-Syllable
  • Spiral Review 2
  • Spelling 1 Advanced Week 1

    Micro-lessons, A Closer Look, Speed Speller, and Word Sorts help students increase their spelling fluency on advanced blends and digraphs.

  • Consonant Blends mp, lk, lt, ld (closer look)
  • Consonant Digraphs ph, ge
  • Spiral Review 6 (speed speller)
  • Vowel Digraphs ai ay (long A)
  • Spiral Review 7
  • Spelling 1 Advanced Week 2

    The second week of this unit, continues Micro-lessons, A Closer Look, Speed Speller, and Word Sorts. The spelling patterns are perfect for 3rd-5th graders.

  • Vowel Digraphs ea oa (long E & O)
  • Vowel Digraphs ei ey ea (long A)
  • Spiral Review 8
  • Endings -dge and -tch
  • Spiral Review 9
  • Spelling 1 Week 2

    Students continue learning consonant digraphs and short vowels in interactive videos, Taps and Claps, and A Closer Look.

  • Consonant Digraphs sh th
  • Spiral Review 3
  • Spiral Review 4
  • Short Vowels One-Syllable
  • Spiral Review 5
  • Spelling 3 Inflected Endings Week 1

    Past tense and plural nouns are covered in these inflected ending spelling patterns include the Drop e rule. The warm-ups include micro-lessons, Word Sorts, Speed Speller, and Word Builder. 

  • VCC, VVC -ed 
  • VCe -ed 
  • VCC, VVC -s 
  • Spiral Review 1 
  • Spiral Review 2 
  • Spelling 3 Inflected Endings Week 2

    New vowel digraphs are introduced and previous spelling patterns are reviewed with Word Sorts, Word Builder, and Speed Speller.

  • Long Vowels [VVC, VCe] and -ing (Sort)
  • Double Consonant with -ing (Sort)
  • Spiral Review 3 (Word Builder, Speed Speller)
  • Double Consonant with -ed (Sort)
  • Spiral Review 4 (Word Builder, Speed Speller)
  • Word Sorts: Consonant Blends (Week 1)

    This spiral review week focuses on close sorts for building spelling skills in consonant blends.

  • Initial Two Letter Blends
  • Initial Three Letter Blends
  • Medial Blends
  • Final Blends
  • Blends in Multi-Syllabic Words
  • Word Sorts: Consonant Blends (Week 2)

    These open sorts focus on sorting consonant blends: initial 2-letter blends, initial 3-letter blends, medial blends, and final blends.

  • Initial Two Letter Blends
  • Initial Three Letter Blends
  • Medial Blends
  • Final Blends
  • Medial
  • Word Sorts: Consonant Blends (Week 3)

    These words sorts focus on consonant digraphs compared to similar consonant phonemes in the initial, medial, and final positions: ch/tr, ph/f, sh/tion, th/f, and voiced th/unvoiced th.

  • Digraph ch
  • Digraph ph
  • Digraph sh
  • Digraph th
  • Voiced & Unvoiced th
  • Word Sorts: Affixes (Week 1)

    These affixes word sorts build decoding and spelling fluency with word parts: re, pre, un, non, im, in, dis. Most words are 5-8 letters in length and are perfect for 3rd-4th-graders.

  • Prefixes re, pre
  • Prefixes un, non
  • Prefixes im, in
  • Prefixes pre, un
  • Prefixes dis, re
  • Word Sorts: Affixes (Week 2)

    These suffixes word sorts build decoding and spelling fluency with word parts: ed, ing, ful, less, ness, ly, able, ible, er, and est. 

  • Suffixes ed, ing
  • Suffixes ful, less
  • Suffixes ness, ly
  • Suffixes able, ible
  • Suffixes er, est
  • Word Sorts: Affixes (Week 3)

    These prefixes word sorts build focus on word parts most commonly found in academic words: de, dis, trans, sub, inter, mid, and semi. These word parts build essential word knowledge for advanced readers and spellers.

  • Prefixes de, dis
  • Prefixes trans, sub
  • Prefixes inter, mid
  • Prefixes semi, trans
  • Prefixes de, dis
  • Word Meaning


    Synonyms 1 Basic English Days 1-5

    These are basic English words and are great for building background for English learners and reviewing 3rd-4th-grade synonyms in timed readings with context-based synonym questions.

  • Words about Emotions
  • Words about Interactions
  • Words about Jobs
  • Words about Emotions
  • Words about Interactions
  • Synonyms 1 Spiral Reviews 1-5

    A fast-paced activity called Synonym Buns helps students practice the synonyms from days 1-5.

  • Spiral Review 1 (Synonym Buns)
  • Spiral Review 2 (Synonym Buns)
  • Spiral Review 3 (Synonym Buns)
  • Spiral Review 4 (Synonym Buns)
  • Spiral Review 5 (Synonym Buns)
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