Blast Foundations

Blast Foundations for 1st Grade

Exciting and engaging scientifically-aligned foundational reading skill instruction for 1st-grade students.

Blast Foundations Quick Facts: Only 15–20 minutes a day

  • Prevention: 1st-grade whole-class, supplemental first instruction
  • Intervention: RTI Tier II and III, early intervention for Grades 1–3, and intensive small-group intervention for emerging readers in Grades 3–5
  • 25 weeks of playful, targeted instruction in phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, phonics, and high-frequency words
  • Easy, ready-to-teach scripted lessons, complemented by a ready-made, colorful, animated teacher presentation tool
  • Great for ELLs in Grades K–5!

Teacher Guides

Blast Teacher Guide Set BLAST1LP $249
• Scripted, ready-to-teach lesson plans
• Thorough explanation of concepts, routines, and procedures
• Options for adjusting and differentiating instruction
• Embedded, incremental professional development—no phonological awareness or phonics background needed!
• Use with both Primary and Elementary student workbook levels
• Includes: 2 lesson plan books, set of vowel posters, set of 2 student workbooks

Blast Foundations Online

Blast Online

• Vibrant, engaging teacher presentation tool, required for instruction
• Delivers clear, concise, and effective instruction with virtual manipulatives and animations
• Eliminates teacher prep work!
• Works with interactive whiteboards, projectors, tablets, laptops, and computers
BONUS: Supplemental Resources, a treasure trove of additional activities, supplements, and teacher professional development

Our Blast Online Teacher Presentation Tool can be presented with an interactive whiteboard, LCD projector, tablet, or stand-alone computer.

Blast Student Practice

Student Practice Bundle 
• Solidifies student learning with frequent and distributed guided practice
• Empowers the transfer of skills from lessons to independent reading and spelling
• Includes exercises that develop mastery and automaticity with key concepts
• Essential to positive student outcomes
• Two levels to choose from:

Student Letter Tile Kits

Blast Student Kit

Blast Foundations Student Kit 
• Playful, powerful, multisensory practice that makes learning sticky
• Engaging and fun physical manipulatives: magnetic color tiles, letter tiles, and SyllaBoards™
• Students see, hear, and touch to learn concepts faster and retain them better

Blast - Student Group Size, Scope and Sequence, and Lesson Structure

Blast Foundations lessons can be taught in various group sizes, depending on your situation. When used in early 1st grade, Blast can be taught as a whole class supplement, thus the group sizes are large. When it is taught as an intervention in 2nd grade, it is typically taught in smaller groups.

The Blast Foundations scope and sequence is systematic and cumulative. 

The scope and sequence covers explicit instruction in the foundational skills needed to help students who struggle with basic skills in reading in 1st Grade.  They will learn how to master reading words with complex consonant constructions in Closed Syllables, Open Syllables, Vowel-Consonant-e Syllables, Vowel Team Syllables, and inflectional endings. Students also learn how to apply functional strategies to successfully read multisyllabic words with ease. Blast targets the skills students need to build confidence with decoding skills in order to become accurate fluent readers.

For a full scope and sequence, click here to download the Blast Foundations Sample Lesson>>

Blast has 25 units which are comprised of 5 lessons per week. Designed to be completed in 15 to 20 minutes sessions, each lesson keeps students actively engaged in the learning process with multisensory teaching. In one week, students are immersed in 75-100 minutes of explicit instruction.

  • Lesson 1 (Monday) – Letter Sounds / High-Frequency Words
  • Lesson 2 (Tuesday) – Phonemic Awareness
  • Lesson 3 (Wednesday) – Phonics Instruction
  • Lesson 4 (Thursday) – Student Practice
    • Detective Work
    • Word Sort
    • Partially-Controlled Phrase Reading
    • New! Blast Foundation Passages, to be taught after Lesson 4
  • Lesson 5 (Friday) – Wrap-Up
    • Partially-Controlled Phrase and Sentence Reading
    • Spell It!  (Review and practice words with phonics concept from Lesson 3)

Foundations Skills Surveys


The 1st Grade Foundational Skills Surveys are a complimentary set of assessments that are commonly used:

  • in 1st grade

  • with older students who perform well below expectations on Beginning and Advanced Decoding Surveys

  • as a one-on-one assessment of 1st-grade foundational literacy skills, including:

    • Simple and complex single-syllable words (including short vowels, digraphs, blends, closed syllables, and various long vowel spellings)

    • Decodable two-syllable words

    • Selected high-frequency words

    • Optional assessments for high-frequency words, letter-sounds knowledge, and letter-names knowledge

The results of these surveys can be plugged into our Grouping Matrix™, a free, web-based system that enables you to group students according to the type and depth of their decoding difficulties. The Grouping Matrix can help determine what type of basic literacy instruction will prepare each student to meet the foundational skills expectations for the end of 1st grade. Learn more and download our complimentary diagnostic assessments>>

Sight Word Survey

Sight Words Survey

The Sight Words Survey is a complimentary set of assessments that determine how well a student reads high-frequency English words. It is designed to be used:

  • at the beginning of Kindergarten through 3rd grade
  • and with older students who still struggle to read high-frequency sight words

One-on-one assessment of:

  • High-frequency sight word knowledge from the Pre-Primer through 3rd-grade levels of the Dolch 220 list
  • Automaticity reading sight words both in context (simple sentences) and in isolation

The data collected from these assessments can help determine the levels of sight words with which students are proficient and the levels with which they need more instruction and practice to gain automaticity.

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Kindergarten and 1st Grade Reading

Grouping Students

Successful reading interventions start with accurate diagnosis and grouping. Really Great Reading’s Grouping Matrix helps facilitate differentiated data-driven instruction and reporting. It is a free, web-based data management system that enables educators to group students (K- 12) according to the type and depth of their decoding difficulties. The same data management system can be used to monitor progress, report, and adjust.

NEW - Grouping Matrix Live Assess

Now you can assess and group your students in just one step. As you listen to your students read, enter the miscues directly into the Grouping Matrix, and it will do the rest.  “Live Assess” will pinpoint the types of words a student is misreading, identify specific areas of confusion, total the types of errors, record the results, and group your students according to their decoding strengths and weaknesses. It’s never been easier to diagnose and group your students. 

Learn more and sign up for free access to the Grouping Matrix>>

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