Phonics Instruction for Grades 3+

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Older, Struggling Readers Can Learn to Decode

Different students need different amounts of instruction and practice to become fluent, independent readers. Students in Grades 3 and up who struggle to read can learn the foundational skills they need with systematic instruction, targeted practice, and clear, corrective feedback.

Take action to address this reality with PHONICS for Reading. Authored by reading expert Dr. Anita Archer, PHONICS for Reading is a systematic, research-based intervention program that accelerates instruction for struggling readers in Grades 3–12 by equipping them with the tools necessary to decode with confidence. PHONICS for Reading also ties seamlessly into your i-Ready Assessment data, enabling you to identify the population of students in need and the level of support each student requires.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Routine-based phonics instruction that can be delivered by teachers or paraprofessionals.
  • Fast-paced, intensive lessons build confidence as students build skills.
  • Extensive practice that addresses decoding skills gaps.
  • Type size, illustrations, and visual design appeal to older students.
  • A direct tie to iReady Assessment data enables educators to identify and tailor their phonics instruction to struggling readers.
  • Available for purchase as print books (recommended for an in-school implementation) or digital files (recommended for distance learning).


Build Student Confidence with Age-Appropriate,
Systematic Phonics Instruction

PHONICS for Reading informational video.

Get to Know PHONICS for Reading

Each PHONICS for Reading lesson uses a systematic sequence of explicit phonics instruction, providing a consistent routine that allows students to apply each concept in increasingly challenging situations to build accuracy, automaticity, and fluency. This approach ensures upper elementary, middle, and high school students progress quickly through phonics intervention lessons, keeping them motivated and feeling successful.

PHONICS for Reading Second Level Student Book.


First Level: Includes 30 teacher-directed phonics lessons that focus on short vowels, consonants, consonant blends, and digraphs

Second Level: Includes 32 teacher-directed phonics lessons that focus on vowel combinations, r-controlled vowel sounds, common endings, and CVCe words

Third Level: Includes 36 teacher-directed phonics lessons that expand concepts with vowel/letter combinations, common prefixes and suffixes, minor consonant sounds for c and g, and minor vowel sound combinations

PHONICS for Reading Second Level Teacher Guide.


The Teacher Guide ensures educators have the support they need to implement phonics intervention for older students by providing scripted lessons that outline what to do and say, placement tests that identify where to start, and timed readings to monitor progress.

Discover More about PHONICS for Reading

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Reviewed by Experts

See what the Florida Center for Reading Research had to say.


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Effective at Home

Learn how to use it for distance learning, with Dr. Anita Archer.


Laptop showing the first screen of the phonics webinar, "It's Never Too Late to Crack the Code."

Crack the Code

Learn effective pedagogy for teaching phonics to older students.


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