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Read To Know Grades k-2

Four Steps, One Framework

The research is clear. Systematic, explicit, and cumulative phonics instruction is the most effective way to teach children how to read words. The science of how children learn to read may be complicated but implementing it in the classroom doesn’t have to be. Language Foundations, Short Reads Decodables, and Read To Know Text Sets are each built on an easy-to-use framework that breaks systematic instruction down into four simple steps: Teach, Practise, Apply, Assess.

Build content-area knowledge while cementing phonics skills with Read To Know Text Sets. These highly decodables text sets include 75% non-fiction and reflect the co-ordinated skills applications students need to bridge their skills from decodable to authentic text. The Watch & Learn videos for each Text Set introduce the topic, build background knowledge, and develop content-specific vocabulary.

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Read to Know Text Set Components

High-interest Books

Spark engagement with books that feature high-interest, quality texts that focus on decoding, fluency, and comprehension.

60 Books total (6 copies of each)

  • 18 Text Sets (3 titles per set)
  • 6 Review Books
  • Wide variety of text types across fictionand non-fiction
  • Decodable short texts and text sets
  • High-interest topics
  • Connections to math, science, andsocial studies
  • Connected to content-area videos

Teacher’s Guide Organized by Text Set

Explicit and systematic instructional support aligned to foundational language curriculum.Each set includes:

  • A Phonics Focus
  • Word and/or Syllable Type
  • High-Frequency Word Lists
  • Knowledge Building
  • Get-Ready-to-Read Readiness
  • Text-Specific Whole and Small-GroupInstruction
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Read To Know in Action

Read To Know in Action


Lessons, activities, and discussion prompts in this module focus on building foundational and other literacy skills including vocabulary, comprehension, and writing.


Students engage with thematically connected texts, videos, and writing prompts in small groups, independently, or in pairs.


Students apply decoding skills as they build knowledge and access more complex texts over time. As students progress, the number of words and range of vocabulary in the Text Sets gradually increase.


Monitor understanding with built-in reviews and formative assessments. Includes a review book after every three Text Sets.

Experts You Can Trust

To ensure Read to Know Text Sets aligns with the latest literacy research, we’ve collaborated with some of the top minds in foundational literacy and phonics instruction.
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photo of Dr. Anne Cunningham Dr. Anne Cunningham
photo of Dr. Tanji Reed Marshall Dr. Tanji Reed Marshall
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Digital Sampler

Explore the Components

View the NEW Digital Sampler to see an example of three books from a Set, the Lesson Plans for that Set, the Watch & Learn video for that Set, and assessment opportunities!

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Additional Support & Information

Program Brochure

Browse our comprehensive Brochure to learn more about Short Reads Decodables and how it can help you engage in phonics practice.

Title List

Explore the genres, phonics focus, and word and/or syllable type for all 60 decodable text titles.

Scope & Sequence

Learn how information in this series aligns with a phonics Scope & Sequence.

Read to Know Set Collections

Complete Pack 978-1-338-03164-4 $99999