Explode the Code Book 1 (2nd Edition)

Explode the Code Book 1 (2nd Edition)

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Item #: 062492
ISBN: 9780838878019
Grades: K-4

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Workbook 1 introduces students to the sounds of short vowels. The exercises begin with short a and then follow with short i, short u, short e, and short o. Students practice blending sounds to read and write CVC words.

Category Description for Explode the Code (2nd Ed.):

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Whats New in Explode The Code Second Edition

> Workbooks:

  • Revised directions for clarity and ease of understanding
  • Updated content
  • Revised stories in Books 7 and 8

> Teachers Guides:

  • "Lesson Routine at a Glance" chart is featured on the inside front cover of all Teachers Guides
  • Chart presents essential literacy skills and the systematic process in which they are implemented throughout the program

> Visual Enhancements:

  • Updated images to help guide struggling readers to phonics mastery

The Get Ready, Get Set, and Go for The Code, A, B, and C student workbooks provides pre-literacy instruction and reinforcing exercises with a focus on visual identification of consonants, their written lowercase letter forms and their sound-symbol relationships. Each lesson addresses the principles of effective reading instruction and follows the same easy-to-use format. The Teachers Guide is required for providing listening exercises.

The Teachers Guide for Workbooks A, B and C expands on the skills presented in these books, providing teachers with various options for instruction and reinforcement. The wide variety of activities may be adapted for whole-class, small-group, and one-on-one learning situations.

The 60 Picture-Letter Cards can be used for supplementary visual and auditory work and match key words in the student workbooks. Letter cards allow students to practice letter identification and recognition. Picture-letter combination cards help students map sounds to symbols. Use with Get Ready, Get Set, and Go for The Code, A, B, and C workbooks.

The Workbooks, Explode The Code Books 1-8 focus on Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, Comprehension, and Writing. All workbooks have several review lessons and a posttest. Explode The Code Half Books (1 -6 ) focus on more practice and reinforcement with skills in workbooks 1-6.

Code Cards (1 card for every concept introduced in Books 1-3.) include suggestions for daily practice activities and games. Each card is marked with the book and page number on the concept, which it is introduced.

Teachers Guides (Books 1-8) incorporate a quick review, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension in every lesson. Suggestions for writing practice and differentiated instruction are provided for each lesson. Specific answers to the student pages are not offered, as the book assumes student and teacher will be completing these together. However, answers for pre-test and post-test questions are included. Please also note these books only cover the "whole" levels, not the 1/2 levels.

Explode The Code Placement Tests are designed to assess students encoding and decoding skills. All tests can be given in either a group setting or individually, with the exception of Test 4, which must be administered individually. Included are directions for administering and analyzing results; answer keys and reproducible test forms.

Category Description for Explode the Code:

A phonics program, utilizing workbooks, covering letter sounds and most phonograms. Ample practice using a variety of exercises helps children to both learn and reinforce reading skills. These are particularly well-conceived, with alternate (incorrect) choices containing most probable letter or word confusions. This will assure well-honed phonetic reading skills. There is plenty of practice here, so if you use these in conjunction with another phonics program (for reinforcement), you will want to pick and choose exercises or pages to complete. The "1/2" level books provide practice for the skills learned in the whole-level books Please note that Get Ready for the Code, Get Set for the Code, and Go for the Code no longer include teacher's guide inserts. A much-enhanced teacher's guide is now available separately, that contains teaching information and answers for these three books. Teacher's guides are available for upper levels as well, with each teacher's guide covering two levels.

The new second edition features some small changes from the original, including revised student instructions, some updated content and artwork, and revised stories in Book 7 and 8. There is also a new chart on the inside front cover of the teacher guides which shows the overall lesson routine.

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To supplement the program I already use with my student.
Anna B on Oct 21, 2020
1st grade phonics
Bonnie H on Oct 11, 2020
To supplement the program I already use with my student.
Anna B on Oct 21, 2020
My daughter is refusing to use any of the other phonics materials I have left from the older kids, but loves doing the Explode the code exercises.
David L on Oct 14, 2020
1st grade phonics
Bonnie H on Oct 11, 2020
Many first graders need extra practice with letter sounds and symbols due to the closure of schools from the Coronavirus in March 2020. I am using this program along with our current phonics, reading, and writing curriculum to fill in the gaps.
Barbara M on Oct 10, 2020
He loves these!
Elizabeth M on Oct 10, 2020
Child already reads but we use this program for spelling and writing.
lisa p on Sep 28, 2020
Recommended by another homeschooling family
Sharon M on Sep 25, 2020
I teach grades k and 1. I have found this to be an excellent resource!
romano c on Sep 9, 2020
Used these books while working with students in public schools. Great resource!
Emily on Sep 9, 2020
Wanted to continue teaching important reading tools for my young and new readers
Jennifer C on Sep 1, 2020
My five children learned to read using this program and still have fond memories of it even as adults. So I'm thrilled to be able to purchase it for my grandchildren.
Jemima T on Aug 31, 2020
best to teach phonics
Arijit P on Aug 27, 2020
Easiest Phonics Program ! Just open and go!
Rachel S on Aug 25, 2020
Ryan H on Aug 25, 2020
Recommended by JADY A. on youtube. She is a homeschool mom.
SABRINA W on Aug 20, 2020
It was recommended for my kindergartner.
Shannon B on Aug 19, 2020
I used explode the code with my older kids and it was a simple spiraling workbook that they enjoyed. It worked so why reinvent the wheel? :)
kelly h on Aug 18, 2020
I used the Explode the Code series for 15 years when I taught in the school system. Students loved it, as did I!
Paula J on Aug 17, 2020
I have used in before for many years.
Gary B on Aug 13, 2020
It is recommended by Montessori teacher
Srivalli T on Aug 11, 2020
Excellent series for phonics teaching and reinforcement.
Pam B on Aug 11, 2020
To try with my 5 year old
Jessica C on Aug 7, 2020
I've used ETC with all of my children. A proven success!
Mirella F on Aug 4, 2020
Recommended by a friend.
Amanda C on Aug 3, 2020
Best book I have found for practicing reading simple short vowel words! I start using them mid-kindergarten.
Diana J on Aug 2, 2020
Recommended by an experienced home school mom.
Amy H on Jul 30, 2020
Have been using this book for few years in our K curriculum and kids love it.
AHMED S on Jul 28, 2020
All my kids have used these books to learn to read. They do a great job of teaching phonics using simple activities. It also improved their penmanship as it has more writing than most phonics books I've seen. I wish the pictures were a little better though.
Kimberly H on Jul 20, 2020
I have heard a lot of great reviews about this. My second grader is behind in reading and this may be beneficial to help her move along!
anna F on Jul 19, 2020
as above
Rondi D on Jul 19, 2020
These are an excellent addition to our phonics program. They give the student the extra practice needed for mastery.
Stacia B on Jul 16, 2020
It's recommended as an extra resource with our Sonlight curriculum.
Lauren F on Jul 15, 2020
I am teaching my daughter to read.
Kim G on Jul 7, 2020
For my younger - to help him in literacy
Raquel B on Jul 7, 2020
Supplement for my youngest
MARIBEL V on Jun 15, 2020
A Great Supplement to All About Reading, quick and easy directions to follow and my children enjoy it.
Alicia S on Jun 13, 2020
My children love the Explode the Code series. It has always boosted their confidence to have their own workbook to go through and workout themselves. The pictures make it easy for the early reader.
Laurie S on Jun 5, 2020
I have use this in the past with older children and it is very solid.
Coral L on Jun 3, 2020
good reviews; one of Cathy Duffy picks
shannon on May 27, 2020
Rachel H on May 27, 2020
These are the books that helped my youngest son learn to read and now I'm having the opportunity to teach my granddaughter how to read and naturally I turned to this resource. (actually submitted by Katharine B... but the account is in hubby's name )
Robert B on May 27, 2020
have a student who is having trouble learning the sounds of the alphabet and recognizing words that are the same.
Michaela D on May 26, 2020
Explode the Code is so simple and fun!! My son loves it!
Heather C on May 26, 2020
I use these with my kindergarten students in class during normal times. Now I’m personally mailing them to my kids’ homes to try to keep them on track. The 45 minutes of online language arts instruction, delivered to whatever children show up that day, is just not enough and the district provided packets are not well designed. Book 1 covers material taught up through Christmas (regular CVC words).
Diana J on May 21, 2020
I want to try this I new to homeschooling and have heard great things about this product I want to try it before I buy the bundle
chantell h on May 5, 2020
great way to teach prek age children phonics and such to get them ready for preschool. Has been really handy as these are the same books used at my sons school. However, due to the school being closed I am thankful we can still teach him all that he needs before he begins school again this fall.
Jess C on May 4, 2020
To help my first grade boy do phonics practice.
User on May 3, 2020
Can't wait to start my kindergartener on this program!
Brianne C on Apr 26, 2020
I want to improve my son's reading.
Nicoya D on Apr 21, 2020
I used Explode the Code for all 3 of my older children. 4th is ready for them.
Elena M on Apr 15, 2020
My daughter is refusing to use any of the other phonics materials I have left from the older kids, but loves doing the Explode the code exercises.
David L on Oct 14, 2020
Many first graders need extra practice with letter sounds and symbols due to the closure of schools from the Coronavirus in March 2020. I am using this program along with our current phonics, reading, and writing curriculum to fill in the gaps.
Barbara M on Oct 10, 2020
What spelling and vocabulary courses would work well with Explode the Code phonics series?
A shopper on Mar 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Sequential Spelling works well concurrently. And we use Wordly Wise for vocab but not until well after they’ve finished the Explode the Code series and are reading fluently - usually grade 4.
Is this a full year study or would I need a few workbooks to complete the year?
User on Jul 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Books 1 through 8 cover the basic phonics taught in grades K, 1, and 2. Typically you would use 2-3 books in K, 2-3 books in 1st, and 2+ books in 2nd.
Are the teacher guides for 1-8 really necessary or are the workbooks enough on their own?
User on Jan 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Unless you are very new to teaching phonics, I'd skip them. I got them and never even opened them, the workbooks are very self explanatory.
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I use this in addition to All About Reading level1 for my 5 year old. It is inexpensive and very open and go!
July 15, 2020
4 months ago
Excellent books!
April 21, 2020
7 months ago
Great Phonics Program!
Using this with my 3rd son now... It definitely works for us.
February 21, 2020
9 months ago
Ok, but hard to decipher drawings
I was gifted some Explode the code books, and continued to purchase for awhile.
My students and I had difficulty understanding some of the pictures (drawings). It is not my favorite curriculum.
January 4, 2020
over 2 years ago
Fun for my 6yo
My 1st grader enjoys it and can work through rather quickly. He’s still in the beginning portion and there has been a good bit of repetition which is helpful for him. My only complaint so far is that it teaches that the long a sound is used for the word “anchor”. That’s confusing to him and I have to correct it each time he reads it. Not sure how a mistake like that could go unnoticed.
February 26, 2019
1 year ago
Explode the Code is the way to go
I am a happy Explode the Code user for quite a few years. Simple, open and go.

The illustrations can be a little off-putting. They aren't glitzy, that's for sure.

My biggest caution is not to begin teaching a child to read too soon. No program is valuable if the child isn't ready. I have found once mine are ready, Explode the Code is a very non-stressful way to learn to read.
January 26, 2019
over 2 years ago
My old and faithful. This is my fifth student to use these books with.
September 22, 2018
over 2 years ago
LOVE Explode the Code
Explode the code is a great curriculum. Works very for my child who has a short attention span. I love how it focuses on writing and spelling while teaching phonics. My children were able to spell and read fairly quickly after we started Explode the Code.
September 10, 2018
over 2 years ago
Great phonics book
This one is loved by my kids and is a great beginner book. However, it does have a few pictures that are what my kids would call "creepy" so we just cover those. It's quick, cheap, and gets the job done.
April 10, 2018
over 3 years ago
repetitive, but engaging
My five year old is diving into this book and thoroughly enjoys it. The activities repeat with each letter sound, but there is a good variety of exercises and it combines reading with writing practice. I did not get the teacher guide.
November 18, 2016
over 4 years ago

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