As students increase their reading speed and comprehension, students will also practice handwriting, spelling, vocabulary, and phonics fluency.  They will also be slowly introduced to basic grammar concepts such as capitalization and punctuation.  Students will complete their assignments and reading with our wonderful write-in readers!

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Stories to Short Chapters

What’s in the Stories to Short Chapters Guide?

The “Stories to Short Chapters” guide is enough material for a full school year.  This program pulls together several great resources.  This guide schedules: four highly interactive write-in readers, handwriting practice, spelling, phonics worksheets, creative narration, spelling activities and games, phonics activities and games, simple vocabulary, language activities, and making a dictionary using the resource, “Words I Use When I Write,” from words they encounter throughout the year.

The guide offers an abundance of weekly teaching notes, helps, and instructions on how-to-use the materials in this guide and so on.  Blank lined handwriting originals can be copied for student who need more practice than the handwriting scheduled using the “Pine Hollow Handwriting Set.”  As weekly games are scheduled every week their instructions and other helpful lists and information is include.  Language skills worksheets are also included to help teach important skills, sentence punctuation, and some basic grammar.  Answer for the language skills worksheets and the four write-in readers are also included as part of this guide.

Great Scheduled Interactive Write-In Readers!

The spine of this program is the four write-in readers scheduled in this guide.  The write-in readers have pages on phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and fun reading comprehension activities.  The reading passages continues from where students left off from the previous program, “Paragraphs to Pages.”  Returning students will enjoy the further adventures of Acorn the squirrel and his friends.  Further information on these great readers, “Frolic in the Forest” Student Book, “Winter in the Woods” Student Book, “Mischief in the Meadow” Student Book, and “Havoc in Pine Hollow” Student Book, can be seen on their separate pages.  For families that are new to our language arts, your students will have no trouble reading the stories, as an introduction is included in the student book, “Frolic in the Forest.”

The phonetically focused stories, in the write-in readers, engage student and enable them to decode longer words with a similar phonograms or blends, expand their vocabulary, and help them better retain what they’ve read through the fun stories and reading comprehension activities.  Using the “Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game,” “Acorn’s Game Set,” the four write-in readers, and other resources your student will have a variety of experiences to greatly increase their ability to read through this fun program.

What will you study in the Stories to Short Chapters Resources?

List of the Student Books

  • Words I Use When I Write Student Book
  • Write-In Reader: Frolic in the Forest Student Book
  • Write-In Reader: Winter in the Woods Student Book
  • Write-In Reader: Mischief in the Meadow Student Book
  • Write-In Reader: Havoc in Pine Hollow Student Book
  • Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
  • Acorn’s Game Set
  • Pine Hollow Handwriting Set

Concepts “Stories to Short Chapters” Covers

Week 1: Review of alphabet

Week 2: sh

Week 3: sh & ch

Week 4: th

Week 5: sh, ch, & th

Week 6: ph & gh

Week 7: wh

Week 8: spl, squ, & str

Week 9: ar

Week 10: or

Week 11: scr, spr, & thr

Week 12: er

Week 13: ir

Week 14: ur

Week 15: wor

Week 16: ear

Week 17: ight & ght

Week 18: ai

Week 19: y & ey

Week 20: oo

Week 21: oo

Week 22: oi & oy

Week 23: tch

Week 24: ou

Week 25: ou

Week 26: ow

Week 27: ou & ow

Week 28: ew & ui

Week 29: ough & ck

Week 30: ea

Week 31: ea

Week 32: oa, kn, & gn

Week 33: ng & dge

Week 34: au

Week 35: aw

Week 36: au & aw

Frolic in the Forest:

This student book, “Frolic in the Forest,” is the first student book scheduled in our language arts program, “Stories to Short Chapters.”  This wonderful resource includes stories to read, spelling practice, phonics pages, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.  This student book has about 160 pages of interactive worksheets and reading.

These write-in readers are unique in that the worksheet pages are linked to the adventures the students are reading from the write-in reader.  This creates a unity among the learning and keeps the story they read fresh in their mind.  Children are creating habits in their reading at this young age and this lays the ground work for awareness while reading.  That is why the reading comprehension activities are so crucial.  Later on students are expected to tell-back, narrate, about what they’ve learned and gather from a large paragraph the goal of that paragraph – what is trying to be said.  This resource along with our other early language arts program and the student books within build and increase in difficulty of this helping kids to master their reading and other skills.

This student book continues the story line begun in “Syllables to Sentences” and continued in “Paragraphs to Pages” language arts.  The adventures of the squirrel the Acorn, Tatty the common mouse, and chipmunks, Dash and Scoot continue.  Acorn and friends have pirate adventures and experience the first snow of the season come to Pine Hollow.  Your student will enjoy reading these stories and may even ask to read ahead, as they are left wondering what will happen next!

Concepts This Student Book Covers:

Week 1: Review of alphabet

Week 2: sh

Week 3: sh & ch

Week 4: th

Week 5: sh, ch, & th

Week 6: ph & gh

Week 7: wh

Week 8: spl, squ, & str

Week 9: ar

Winter in the Woods:

This student book, “Winter in the Woods,” is the second student book scheduled in our language arts program, “Stories to Short Chapters.”  This wonderful resource includes stories to read, spelling practice, phonics pages, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.  This student book has around 160 pages of interactive worksheets and reading.

These write-in readers are unique in that the worksheet pages are linked to the adventures the students are reading from the write-in reader.  This creates a unity among the learning and keeps the story they read fresh in their mind.  Children are creating habits in their reading at this young age and this lays the ground work for awareness while reading.  That is why the reading comprehension activities are so crucial.  Later on students are expected to tell-back, narrate, about what they’ve learned and gather from a large paragraph the goal of that paragraph – what is trying to be said.  This resource along with our other early language arts program and the student books within build and increase in difficulty of this helping kids to master their reading and other skills.

This student book continues the story line begun in “Syllables to Sentences” and continued in “Paragraphs to Pages” language arts.  The adventures of the squirrel the Acorn, Tatty the common mouse, and chipmunks, Dash and Scoot continue.  Acorn and friends see a monster in Tatty’s cellar, have a wonderful Christmas and a critter gets sick.  Your student will enjoy reading these stories and may even ask to read ahead, as they are left wondering what will happen next!

Concepts This Student Book Covers:

Week 10: or

Week 11: scr, spr, & thr

Week 12: er

Week 13: ir

Week 14: ur

Week 15: wor

Week 16: ear

Week 17: ight & ght

Week 18: ai

Mischief in the Meadow:

This student book, “Mischief in the Meadow,” is the third student book scheduled in our language arts program, “Stories to Short Chapters.”  This wonderful resource includes stories to read, spelling practice, phonics pages, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.  This student book has around 200 pages of interactive worksheets and reading.

These write-in readers are unique in that the worksheet pages are linked to the adventures the students are reading from the write-in reader.  This creates a unity among the learning and keeps the story they read fresh in their mind.  Children are creating habits in their reading at this young age and this lays the ground work for awareness while reading.  That is why the reading comprehension activities are so crucial.  Later on students are expected to tell-back, narrate, about what they’ve learned and gather from a large paragraph the goal of that paragraph – what is trying to be said.  This resource along with our other early language arts program and the student books within build and increase in difficulty of this helping kids to master their reading and other skills.

This student book continues the story line begun in “Syllables to Sentences” and continued in “Paragraphs to Pages” language arts.  The adventures of the squirrel the Acorn, Tatty the common mouse, and chipmunks, Dash and Scoot continue.  Acorn and friends are scared by bandits and explore an island.  Your student will enjoy reading these stories and may even ask to read ahead, as they are left wondering what will happen next!

Concepts This Student Book Covers:

Week 19: y & ey

Week 20: oo

Week 21: oo

Week 22: oi & oy

Week 23: tch

Week 24: ou

Week 25: ou

Week 26: ow

Week 27: ou & ow

Havoc in Pine Hollow:

This student book, “Havoc in Pine Hollow,” is the final student book scheduled in our language arts program, “Stories to Short Chapters.”  This wonderful resource includes stories to read, spelling practice, phonics pages, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.  This student book has around 190 pages of interactive worksheets and reading.

These write-in readers are unique in that the worksheet pages are linked to the adventures the students are reading from the write-in reader.  This creates a unity among the learning and keeps the story they read fresh in their mind.  Children are creating habits in their reading at this young age and this lays the ground work for awareness while reading.  That is why the reading comprehension activities are so crucial.  Later on students are expected to tell-back, narrate, about what they’ve learned and gather from a large paragraph the goal of that paragraph – what is trying to be said.  This resource along with our other early language arts program and the student books within build and increase in difficulty of this helping kids to master their reading and other skills.

This student book continues the story line begun in “Syllables to Sentences” and continued in “Paragraphs to Pages” language arts.  The adventures of the squirrel the Acorn, Tatty the common mouse, and chipmunks, Dash and Scoot continue.  Acorn and friends meet a newt with a suit shop and the beavers have a scary camp-out in the woods.  Your student will enjoy reading these stories and may even ask to read ahead, as they are left wondering what will happen next!

Concepts This Student Book Covers:

Week 28: ew & ui

Week 29: ough & ck

Week 30: ea

Week 31: ea

Week 32: oa, kn, & gn

Week 33: ng & dge

Week 34: au

Week 35: aw

Week 36: au & aw

What is in Acorn's Game Set?

Four marvelous, full-color, full-size game boards let students practice phonics.  This set includes several gameboards.  With “Burrows and Tunnels,” the critters try to make it up to the ground level to get berries from underground burrows.  In “Squirrel Away the Nuts,” the critters need to collect and store away nuts for the winter.  In “Taken from Tatty’s,” the critters try to solve mysterious happenings  in Tatty’s house.  It’s all such great fun, and gives students a fun and motivating way to practice phonics.  The “Stories to Short Chapters” guide and “Readers to Real Books” guide includes specific questions to use while playing each week’s game(s).

Important Note About This Resource

This resource is used in not only in the “Stories to Short Chapters” Program (and is purchased as part of that package) but also in the following language arts program, “Readers to Real Books.”  If you want to complete the weekly games suggested in the “Readers to Real Books,” you will need to add this resource to your purchase.

 

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