Teacher's Tool Kit

Really Great Reading Teacher's Tool Kit

Coronavirus Update - NEW Teacher Resources - As we see districts closing or significantly modifying their school operations, we are working to be responsive to their evolving needs. Thus, we are actively taking steps to help educators as these changes occur. If your teachers begin virtual teaching and/or increase their reliance on parents as co-educators, we are offering the following complimentary resources:

Long distance learning


In response to the Coronavirus, we are postponing and rescheduling all workshops before April 14. As a result of these postponements, we are increasing our webinar schedule.  We will offer webinars on Continuing Phonics Suite Instruction in Distance Learning Environments, Erasing the Misery of Reading and Spelling Multisyllabic Words, Bringing the Science of Reading to Life in the Classroom, Grouping Matrix Advanced Exploration, as well as Advanced Implementation trainings on Countdown, Blast, HD Word, and Boost/Blitz. Please spread the word and feel free to register for any and all of our FREE webinars. Click here to learn more and register>>


Implementation Trainings

Letter Tile Free Play

To support our teachers and their communities, until October 31st, we are offering Letter Tile Free Play for FREE. This digital letter tile interface will give teachers and students the ability to participate in distance learning and independent practice. You may want to send the following link to your families.  Click to access Letter Tile Free Play>>


Erasing the misery of spelling multi-syllabic words

Home Connection Activities

We know many schools closed unexpectedly and teachers are looking for activities that can be shared with their students. We have put together a selection of PDFs that focus on parent-friendly items like passage reading and high-frequency word fluency. Click here to visit our home connection resources>>

Please also participate in our new webinar “Continuing Phonics Suite Instruction in Distance Learning Environments” to learn more about these resources. Click here to register>>


Heart Word Magic

Heart Word Magic is a complimentary teaching tool designed to help students learn to read and spell high-frequency words, particularly those that aren’t very decodable. You may share this terrific tool with your students’ families as an additional home connection resource. Click here>>



Decoding and the Struggling Reader

Complimentary Workshops & Webinars

In response to the Coronavirus, we are postponing and rescheduling all workshop before April 14. When we resume our schedule, I hope you will join us, because as you know, teacher background knowledge is a key component of successful reading instruction. In our workshops you will immediate strategies to help your struggling readers practice what good readers do naturally, which is to pay attention to every word, read with a high rate of accuracy, and use strategies for attacking unfamiliar and multi-syllable words. Apply for a complimentary seat at any of our hundreds of workshops nationwide (complimentary seats are limited). Click here to learn more about our workshops and webinars>>

Complimentary Diagnostic Assessments

Students struggle with reading for many reasons; that's why successful reading intervention starts with good diagnosis. Really Great Reading makes complimentary diagnostic assessments available to all educators. To view getting started videos and download our complimentary K, 1st grade, and 2nd-12th grade decoding surveys click here>>


Complimentary Grouping Matrix

The Grouping Matrix is a free, password protected, secure student data management system that groups students (1st-12th) according to the type and depth of their decoding strengths and weaknesses. The Grouping Matrix has direct on-line data entry, with immediately available reports that group students and provides instructional recommendations. It helps facilitate differentiated data driven instruction and reporting. 

Learn more and request access>>>

Implementation Trainings

Instruction and Sample Lesson Plans

We have a better way of teaching the foundational skills that lead to strong decoding and fluent reading. It's mature and designed for grades K-12. Learn more and download our sample lesson plans and modules for Blast Foundations, HD Word, Blitz, Boost, and Boost Plus click here>>

HD Word Online

Two Week Free Trials to Online Teaching Tools

Bring your classroom to life. These tools help lessen with set up time, increase instruction pacing, and as a result help you teach with fidelity. To accompany our lessons we offer three virtual teaching tools: Phonics Blitz Online, Boost Online (coming 8/25/2015) Letter Tiles Online, HD Word Online (coming 8/25/2015) and Blast Online. (Please note that Letter Tiles Online can accompany any phonics based instruction.) Try any or all of our online teaching tools free for 2 weeks. Click here to read more and to register for your two week free trials>>

Blitz Online

Getting Started & Refresher Videos 

Are you implementing our lessons?  If you have a subscription to one of our online teaching tools (Countdown, Blast, HD Word & Boost Online) please click here to watch our Getting Started & Refresher Videos>>

Blast Student Kit

Ordering Information

Check out our ordering information page. It has all the information you need to place an order online, by mail, fax or phone. Link to our ecatalog, place your order online and learn about shipping and returns. If you just like to do it the old-fashioned way, call us on the phone and speak to an implementation specialist who can guide you.  Click here to learn more>>

White Paper

More than 20 years of scientific, evidence-based reading research makes clear that all good readers must master certain basic skills. Really Great Reading provides educators with materials and professional development based on the most effective ways to teach reading.

Read our White Paper>> Tackling the Adolescent Literacy Problem: Decoding Strategies for Success.


Philosophy and Approach

Automaticity in decoding is also a critical skill for proficient reading of texts with strong comprehension.  Students who have gaps in their phonics knowledge are less likely to read with automaticity. They spend so much mental energy on decoding (or they simply guess or skip words), as a result their comprehension suffers. When students decode automatically, their mental desk space is freed up to focus on the vocabulary and overall meaning of the text.   learn more>>


The Really Great Reading Difference

RGR’s programs are ideal for K-2, upper elementary, middle and high school students, English language learners, as well as adults.  We offer free and accurate diagnostics tools which pinpoint decoding skills and weaknesses. In addition, we offer a free, online Grouping Matrix  to ensure that students receive appropriate instruction and are groupsed according to their strengths and struggles. Unlike other programs, we have students focus on accuracy rather than speed. That’s because accuracy, not speed, is the key to fluency and comprehension—the ultimate goal of reading. Learn more about how we are different>>


See what educators across the country have to say about the Really Great Reading difference and our Phonics Suite assessments, grouping, instruction and teaching tools. Click here to read what educators are saying>>


Data indicates that our interventions effectively improve the basic reading skills of struggling readers in grades K-12. Those improved skills lead to better word-level reading, improved reading accuracy, and improved reading rate. Our results tell the story. See how people of all ages have become proficient readers with Really Great Reading. Click here to review Research Alignment, Data & Sucesses>>

View a sampling of Diagnostic Decoding Study Case Studies>>

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