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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first grade son
Amber B on Oct 28, 2022
Nick K on Sep 12, 2022
first grade son
Amber B on Oct 28, 2022
I have used this before with great success.
Sara L on Sep 21, 2022
Nick K on Sep 12, 2022
review for kiddo
keila f on Sep 7, 2022
I think it is a great start in teaching my 2 year old and 4 year old to read.
AKEILA R on Aug 31, 2022
phonics supplement
User on Aug 29, 2022
A great extra to have on hand, the kids enjoy it so it can be a nice break from the regular schoolwork.
Georgina C on Aug 24, 2022
Sheila T on Aug 17, 2022
recommended by another home schooling mom
Julie P on Aug 1, 2022
I've heard nothing but good things about this, so hoping it helps my 7 year old with phonics struggles.
Eleite on Jul 29, 2022
Allana H on Jul 22, 2022
Excellent product.
Sharon B on Jul 13, 2022
This is a favorite phonics book in our family.
Jason E on Jun 3, 2022
We have used Explode the Code for years. The books are great and my kids love them!
Elizabeth M on Jun 2, 2022
I love using this for my kindergarten child. She loves the simplicity, and breakdown of the words.
Samatha N on May 31, 2022
I have heard only good things about this phonics program and it is economical.
Bret B on May 9, 2022
A great workbook series that pairs with the Orton Gillingham Program nicely.
courtney c on May 3, 2022
We started Explode The Code A,B, C and my girls loved it! We are ready for Book 1 now! This copy is actually for ME! I like to sit with my daughters and have them read the instruction and we work on the lesson together. i highly recommend the Explode The Code series!
Barbara P on Apr 30, 2022
Hoping to help my second grader as these workbooks look intriguing and he has a very short attention span!
KENDRA T on Apr 29, 2022
great program. very effective
Shannon U on Apr 25, 2022
Phonics practice
Karah E on Apr 22, 2022
For my 1st grade students
Martha M on Apr 22, 2022
Perfect phonics reinforcement.
Travis D on Mar 9, 2022
These really helped my reluctant reader to blossom into a confident reader!
Amri D on Nov 17, 2021
are good
Anibis B on Oct 2, 2021
Kids love it. Mine called it the fun book. I love it for easy phonics practice. They love it for the silly pictures and sentences.
User on Sep 1, 2021
Reinforcing phonics skills from all about reading with 5 year old reader
Aubrey K on Aug 30, 2021
Explode the Code is a comprehensive, incremental phonics program. The pictures are humorous and fun for child and adult. It is well researched. My first graders changed from one L.A. curriculum to ETC last year and thrived. This year I am combining it with a spelling and writing program.
Alice H on Aug 25, 2021
We've used Explode the Code workbooks for 5/5 kids.
Amy S on Aug 22, 2021
Good Program
Marjorie C on Aug 1, 2021
Used these two other times so far...great phonics teaching tool. I love it. Not too long to get through, a page a day or a few pages per week creates consistent, fun & a variety of exercises. I love this series
Rachelle G on May 31, 2021
used this with all my kids. has been the best thing to teach phonics
Sayuri L on May 13, 2021
My son needs extra practice with vowel sounds in learning to read.
User on May 13, 2021
We use it already and needed to refill inventory.
Amanda S on May 12, 2021
I am going to start using this curriculum for my K
deborah h on Apr 29, 2021
Needed some main focus on Phonics for my little one.
Jose M on Apr 24, 2021
I enjoyed ETC with my older children. Now I want to try it with my preschooler.
Ashley J on Mar 27, 2021
Private school teacher recommended this
Jennifer P on Mar 26, 2021
As a retired learning support teacher, I used this book for 25 years in my classrooms and honor its value to reading education.
Jane M on Mar 25, 2021
My 5 year old still needs a little help reading. We have a curriculum that is going well but I was looking for something to reinforce those basics and give her more confidence
Lynn T on Mar 20, 2021
Great supplement to our learning to read curriculum!
Sheila B on Feb 23, 2021
I want this as a supplement for my struggling Kindergarten reader.
Elaina S on Feb 19, 2021
Used for my first two children and now using for my third Kindergarten student. Excellent, solid, systematic phonics program.
Christie C on Feb 3, 2021
My daughter needs additional phonics support, and I have used these books successfully in the past.
Crystal K on Feb 2, 2021
phonics reading
rachel a on Jan 28, 2021
Reading for 1st Grade boy.
Rebakah K on Jan 26, 2021
For my preschooler who has advanced quickly this year, I used them for my older son previously
Janelle M on Jan 25, 2021
Melanie M on Jan 21, 2021
Marsha S on Jan 20, 2021
I used this with my oldest and now want to use with my middle child.
Avery D on Jan 1, 2021
I have used this before with great success.
Sara L on Sep 21, 2022
review for kiddo
keila f on Sep 7, 2022
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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Rated 5 out of 5
Kids love it ??
October 2, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Simple, affordable, effective!
I have spent too much on curriculum in the past. I started the Explode the Code system with a 7 year old boy who has some speech issues and hates handwriting. It has been perfect for him. We're flying through this workbook and I'll get the next once we're done. I pair this with the Reading Eggs app and he's doing really well with reading.
February 26, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent books!
April 21, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Phonics Program!
Using this with my 3rd son now... It definitely works for us.
February 21, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
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 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
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
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
My old and faithful. This is my fifth student to use these books with.
September 22, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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 4 years ago

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