Review and Read Decodable Lesson
Best for children who need some review of phonics concepts and support while reading
Teach and Practice Decodable Lesson
Best for children who need explicit instruction in a phonics concept and support while reading
Book Scope and Sequence
See the scope and sequence for Beyond Decodables' sound-spelling relationships and high frequency words. Note that we do not necessarily recommend this exact sequence, but encourage you to compare it to your own.
Beyond Decodables aims to support early readers in learning to apply phonics concepts in authentic contexts and in learning to love to read. We're proud to offer these texts and resources for free. If you try them out, we'd love to hear about your experience to continue to strengthen the books and resources.
frequently asked questions
Who should use Beyond Decodables?
When during the day should I use Beyond Decodables?
Beyond Decodables are meant for small group and independent reading. Remember, the goal is for children to actively decode the words in these books, so you need to give them the chance to individually encounter and decode each word. For children who may need more support, we recommend considering using a different text or echo reading. Check out our lesson templates to see how to teach using these texts.
What do I need to change about my reading instruction to use Beyond Decodables?
There are a few ways your teaching might need to change to get the most out of these books. First, focus at least some small group reading lessons on applying phonics to read words in texts by following our templates and using Beyond Decodables. Second, change your prompting to focus on "Look at the word" and "Slide through each sound" instead of "Check the picture." Third, consider a new way of evaluating children's reading, like Drs. Nell K. Duke, Alessandra E. Ward, and Rachel Klingelhofer's Listening to Reading Protocol (available on Dr. Nell K. Duke's website).