Heggerty Books

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness is a 35-week curriculum of daily phonemic awareness lesson plans.

Developed on a systematic scope and sequence of skills, each level focuses on eight phonemic awareness skills, along with two additional activities to develop letter and sound recognition, and language awareness. The lessons are designed to deliver tier 1 phonemic awareness instruction in a whole group setting and only take 10-12 minutes. For students in need of extra support, portions of lesson could be used in a small group and serve as a “second dose” of phonemic awareness instruction.

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Pre-Kindergarten

The pre-kindergarten curriculum in English (purple book) uses nursery rhymes to introduce 3-4 year old students to language play.

The lessons include the same ten daily phonemic awareness skills as the kindergarten and primary versions. By the end of preschool your students will begin to build a repertoire of classic nursery rhymes as they learn to enjoy language play.

The revised 2020 Edition of the English Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum includes increased complexity of words and tasks for multiple skills, a reorganisation of the sequencing of skills within the 35 weeks, a reordering of lesson sequencing to allow for an easier transition into phonics instruction, and refined teacher modelling and support instructions.

Sample Lessons

Early Pre-Kindergarten Phonological Awareness

This book will be available to order from July 1 2021.

*** Pre-orders now available!***

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Early Pre-Kindergarten lessons can be taught alongside your current literacy curriculum and are easily integrated into half-day or full-day preschool programs. When lessons are taught consistently each day with explicit teacher modeling and scaffolded support, students learn to play with language and hear the sounds in spoken words.

Overview: 35-weeks of lessons with 3 days per week of instruction, 5-7 components in each lesson

Grade level: 3 & 4 year old preschool classrooms

Format: Whole group instruction

Lesson length: 6-8 minutes

The Early Pre-K Phonological Awareness curriculum is meant for learners in 3- and 4-year-old classrooms, and the Early Learning and Development standards across all states were used to plan the lessons for instruction. While the standards and expectations differ from state to state, the Early Pre-K curriculum will teach 5 phonological awareness skills. The skills of rhyme, initial phoneme isolation, and blending are introduced at the beginning of instruction. Segmenting words and Final Phoneme Isolation are introduced in later weeks of instruction.

5 Phonological Awareness Skills
  1. Rhyme repetition, recognition, and production
  2. Initial Phoneme Isolation, including listening for a focus sound, alliteration and generating words that begin in a specific sound
  3. Blending words, syllables, body-coda, and onset-rime (Note: we do not blend at the phoneme level like we do in the current PreK curriculum)
  4. Segmenting into words, syllables, and onset-rime (begins in week 7; we do not segment into phonemes like we do in the current PreK curriculum)
  5. Final Phoneme Isolation (introduced in Weeks 24-35)
2 Early Literacy Skills
  1. Alphabet Knowledge
  2. Language Awareness: Nursery Rhymes and sentences

The lessons include explicit language to teach the skills and provide directions for each activity. Teacher modeling and support is included within the lessons, along with hand motions.

The beginning weeks of instruction provide teachers with lessons for “Setting the Stage” to help students learn about listening for sounds and developing an understanding of the language play activities .

Link to sample pages

Kindergarten

The kindergarten curriculum in English (blue book) spends more time on each skill, and is used for those aged 5-6.

This curriculum covers all consonants, short vowels, digraphs, blends, and rime patterns, with long vowel words being introduced in the later weeks of this curriculum. By comparison, the yellow book also goes further into long vowels and introduces R-controlled vowels, special vowel sounds, and multisyllabic words.

The revised 2020 Edition of the English Kindergarten Curriculum includes increased complexity of words and tasks for multiple skills, a reorganisation of the sequencing of skills within the 35 weeks, a reordering of lesson sequencing to allow for an easier transition into phonics instruction, and refined teacher modelling and support instructions.

Sample Lessons

Alphabet Cards

This card pack includes 35 beautifully illustrated letter sound cards for teachers to use with a whole or small group when teaching the Letter Naming/Alphabet Knowledge activities during a Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lesson. This card pack matches the activities listed in the English Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Primary curricula.

The card pack includes:
  • Letter sound cards for all 26 letters of the alphabet
  • Letter sound card with fancy a and fancy g for print recognition
  • Letter sounds cards with pictures for both the short and long vowel sounds, and the hard and soft sounds of c and g

Primary Extension curriculum

The Primary Extension curriculum provides systematic and explicit instruction in five basic and advanced phonemic awareness skills for older learners, and can be used for whole class instruction.

The last year of instruction, due to COVID-19, has resulted in many students struggling with foundational reading skills, and this need extends beyond the Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms.  We wanted to provide teachers with a resource so that they can provide students with instruction in phonemic awareness each day using the Primary Extension curriculum.

Who is this for?

The 12-weeks of daily lessons can be used as an oral warm-up to your phonics and reading instruction in 3rd – 5th grade classrooms.  

Lesson format:

  • This digital curriculum includes 12 weeks of daily instruction, with 60 lessons total.
  • Each lesson includes a skill focus and explicit language for instruction.
  • Lessons are short and fast-paced, working with 6 words for each skill; 5-7 minutes in length.
  • Instructional focus is on 5 basic and advanced phonemic awareness skills:

1. Blending phonemes into spoken words

2. Segmenting words into phonemes

3. Adding phonemes

4. Deleting phonemes

5. Substituting phonemes

6. Reversals (week 12)

Link to Scope and Sequence

Primary

The primary curriculum in English (yellow book) is typically used for those aged 7 and up.

It can also be used with individual students or small groups in higher grades for remedial work on specific skills.

The revised 2020 Edition of the English Primary Curriculum includes increased complexity of words and tasks for multiple skills, a reorganization of the sequencing of skills within the 35 weeks, a reordering of lesson sequencing to allow for an easier transition into phonics instruction, and refined teacher modeling and support instructions.

Daily lessons work well with whole class teaching, small group,( tier two) instruction, as well as one to one, (tier 3) instruction.

Sample Lessons

Blend and Digraph Cards

This card pack includes 34 beautifully illustrated letter sound cards for teachers to use with a whole or small group when teaching the Letter Naming or Alphabet Knowledge activity with Consonant Blends and Digraphs. This complete set of cards aligns to the activities included in the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Primary curriculum beginning in Week 8, and the Kindergarten curriculum in Weeks 23-35 (advanced vowel cards do not need to be used in Kindergarten).

This card pack includes:
  • 21 Consonant Blends: l-blends, r-blends, s-blends, tw
  • 4 Consonant Digraphs
  • 8 Vowel Digraphs
  • y as a vowel

Decodable Readers


The following information is from the Heggerty website. We will have these books in stock from mid August 2021.

****Pre-orders are now available!****

We believe decodable readers should contain authentic, engaging stories and beautiful illustrations.

Decodable readers provide accessible content for students to apply what they are learning during phonics instruction.  As teachers support students in developing their word recognition skills, systematic instruction in both phonemic awareness and phonics is important.  The transfer of sounds to print takes place when students engage in phonics activities and apply what they are learning to connected text reading and writing. 

The Toucan Series is a set of 6 decodable books for students in 2nd – 4th grade. It was created with our older learners in mind to provide important reading opportunities. Each book is beautifully illustrated, and includes a teacher guide and a glossary for non-fiction (NF) books.  Stories are meant to be read in a single sitting (25-30 pages in length), and the skills increase in complexity with each book.

Who is this set of books for?

This series was created to provide students with opportunities for connected text reading during Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions. This set of books can be implemented in combination with Bridge the Gap: Phonemic Awareness intervention lessons. The Toucan series can also be used for decodable reading for students in late 1st or 2nd grade.

Sample pages from the books

Link to “Chess Mates”

What’s next?

We’re working on a set of 8 decodable books for 1st grade emerging readers which we plan to release summer 2021. Stay tuned for updates on Kindergarten and more!

Books 1-3

2 fiction books and 1 non-fiction book. Decodable words include:

  • CVC words
  • Consonant blends
  • Consonant digraphs
  • Long vowels with cvce words

Titles include:

  • Book 1: Skunk Dog
  • Book 2: Stick Bugs  (NF)
  • Book 3: Chess Mates
Books 4-6

2 fiction books and 1 non-fiction book. Decodable words include the previous phonics components, and words with:

  • Vowel teams with r-controlled & advanced vowels
  • Multisyllabic words with open and closed syllables, magic e and vowel teams.

Titles include:

  • Book 4: Drum Team
  • Book 5:  Sea Urchins (NF)
  • Book 6: The Magic Pearl

Bridge the Gap Intervention programme

This book is currently in stock. The information is from the Heggerty website.

Bridge the Gap is a series of systematic phonemic awareness intervention lessons for students in 2nd grade and above. The lessons can be used in small groups or with individual students who struggle to decode words automatically.  

Phonemic awareness, especially when working with older learners, is something that is not often part of classroom instruction or intervention.  Yet, it is often the missing piece for students who struggle to decode and encode words.

The lessons in Bridge the Gap were written to provide teachers, Reading Specialists, and interventionists with a simplified curriculum for teaching phonological and phonemic awareness with targeted instruction, based on student needs.

Curriculum structure:

  • Part 1: Phoneme Isolation

Isolating initial, final and medial phonemes

  • Part 2: Blending and Segmenting

Blending syllables and phonemes into words

Segmenting words into syllables and phonemes

  • Part 3: Phoneme Manipulation

Adding phonemes

Deleting phonemes

Substituting phonemes

Link to sample lessons

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