Reading Intervention

Leveled Text 

Links to a list of Leveled reading books for use at home or at school for grades kindergarten through third.

Running Records

Information about what a running record is, how it is taken, scored and used in the classroom.

Tutoring Structures

Information about indiviual and group tutoring options within the classroom.

Importance of Fluency

Information on what fluency is and ways to help students become fluent readers.

Importance of Comprehension

Information on comprehension and ways to help build comprehension in the classroom.

Importance of Word Study

Information on word study strategies to use in the classroom.

School Wide Reading Programs

These are programs that schools can purchase to help with reading in the classroom.

Encouraging Early Literacy

Helpful Websites

Literacy Strategies - Instructional Strategies for Struggling Readers

This site provides research-based and classroom tested strategies that develop literacy abilities.  Everything you need to implement each instructional strategy- appropriate grade level, adaptions for English learners, when and why to use the strategy, and a step-by-step procedural sequence of each activity- is included in a consistent, easy-to-understand format.

Five Essential Components of Reading Programs

According to the educators and the established programs, the necessary components of effective reading programs include:
 1) Phonics Instruction
 2) Listening Comprehension
 3) Reading Comprehension
 4) Tutoring Opportunities
 5) Extending Reading from the Classroom to the Home
Each component is described in detail on the website.
Studies indicate that when students get off to a poor start in reading, they rarely catch up. Struggling readers encounter negative consequences: grade retention, assignment to special education classrooms, or participation in long-term remedial services. There is a way to improve these strudents reading abilities. 

 1) Role Models and Prior Life Experience

 2) Lack of Reading Skills, Specifically Phonics and Comprehension

 3) Vision Problems

 4) Learning Disability


A simple decoding technique is to make a chart in the classroom for children to use as for guidance in learning to decode. Such a chart might read:
 1) Sight Words
 2) Phonograms
 3) Word Parts
 4) Sentence-Context
 5) Pictures


Online Reading Games - Take Advantage of Educational Resources opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to motivate children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.

Word Sorts

  • Word study for the beginning or struggling reader involves systematic study of short-vowel word families, beginning with the a family.
  • This phase of word study involves (a) sorting short-vowel words into rhyming categories, (b) committing a good number of these words to sight memory, and (c) developing competence in spelling these patterns.
  • Use of word sorts can develop automatic and fluent reading of word families with repeated practice. It also invites students to be reflective and metacognitive thinkers and learners.
  • Teaching word sorts within a guided-reading format at students' instructional levels enables the teacher to implement differentiated instruction.

Reading Rockets - Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.