Academic Success for All Learners: I See Sam

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Academic Success for all Learners is a company that grew out of extensive research conducted at Utah State University. Perhaps the best known of their products is their Little Books — 141 colored coded readers. There are 8 sets of books from Kindergarten to a third grade reading level. Each story includes comprehension questions to use. They include inferential and evaluative questions as well as basic literal ones.

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For review purposes, crew members completed the Academic Success assessment and chose two sets of Little Books to use with their young readers. The beginning readers started with the Set 1 (red) books. Each page had a large illustration and only a few words. In fact, the first book only teaches four sounds and three words — I see Sam. Those words are combined with the pictures to make an enjoyable fourteen page story.

PhotobucketThe Set 8 books are written at a third grade level. The new words for one of those books include: lie, difficult, hungrier, sharply, scolding, believe, dream, and sight. You can see a sample page from a Set 8 book on the right.

The sets vary in terms of number of books per set and number of stories per book. The Set 1 books have 26 books with 1 story per book. Each story has 20-100 words. By Set 4, each of the fourteen books has two stories that are approximately 200-400 words long. In Set 8, there are fifty stories with 700-1000 words each. You can see the specific skills covered at each level in the downloadable Scope and Sequence chart.

Each set of Little Books costs $30.

 

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A big thank you to Cristi of Through the Calm and Through the Storm for writing this post.

5 thoughts on “Academic Success for All Learners: I See Sam

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  5. These are actually the books that I learned to read with back in Kindergarten (1971). I loved these books! I believe that they made learning to read very simple for me. I am currently in college studying to be a teacher and I would love to have these books!

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