Explode the Code Book 2 (2nd Edition)

Explode the Code Book 2 (2nd Edition)

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Item #: 062494
ISBN: 9780838878026
Grades: K-4

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Workbook 2 introduces students to the sounds of initial and final consonant blends. The exercises begin with beginning l blends and progress through to final blends. Students practice blending sounds to read and write one-syllable 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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As supplemental practice to my child's primary reading and phonics program.
Laurel E on Nov 22, 2021
I know many home school moms who love Explode the code.
Susan B on Sep 16, 2021
As supplemental practice to my child's primary reading and phonics program.
Laurel E on Nov 22, 2021
This is a simple open and go book to teach the basic phonetic skills needed for beginner reading.
Peter B on Oct 21, 2021
I know many home school moms who love Explode the code.
Susan B on Sep 16, 2021
Reinforcing phonics skills from all about reading with 7 year old reader
Aubrey K on Aug 30, 2021
I've used other levels of this book and the kids seem to like them
Alexa S on Aug 22, 2021
We've used Explode the Code workbooks for 5/5 kids.
Amy S on Aug 22, 2021
My struggling reader enjoys this program.
Lauren-Taylor J on Aug 3, 2021
Good Program
Marjorie C on Aug 1, 2021
I like these.
ELIZABETH Z on Jul 16, 2021
my 7 yo can work independently with these
Elizabeth M on Jun 24, 2021
The best phonics program, hands down!
User on Jun 22, 2021
Been using for a while, excellent book series.
Katie S on Jun 16, 2021
I have heard and see good things about this series. I think my kids will like it.
Amanda M on Jun 6, 2021
we really enjoy these simple workbooks. I've used them with several of my kids.
K A on Jun 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
The Before the Code series and Book 1 have worked beautifully for my daughter. I look forward to continuing the series.
Elsa E on May 21, 2021
I love how the series works on mastering decoding and encoding of words in order to solidify phonics and spelling. The series is a favorite, as we used it with our children when homeschooling, and now with our grandson as we homeschool him.
Carmen M on Feb 21, 2021
I am a speech-language pathologist and I have found this series to be an excellent way to help students to differentiate between sounds.
Miranda S on Jan 5, 2021
For extra practice
L J on Dec 3, 2020
This is a solid phonics and spellling program, and I have 4 children working through it now!
Carrie D on Nov 25, 2020
We are working on book one and I am seeing a major difference in her ability to remember the sounds and blends as this is complementing another reading program.
Holli D on Nov 24, 2020
My grandkids used this series and I liked it.
Joanne R on Nov 17, 2020
We love this series so far.
Casey P on Nov 15, 2020
I would like to help my child learn to read
Dominika P on Nov 13, 2020
needed next level for my daughter1
Sarah S on Nov 12, 2020
I loved explode the Code A B and C so I purchased books 1 and 2 because my children are excelling with this program! Highly recommend.
Andrew S on Nov 9, 2020
My daughter enjoys the exercises, which feel like games to her
David L on Oct 14, 2020
1st grade phonics
Bonnie H on Oct 11, 2020
Recommended from another homeschooling family
Sharon M on Sep 25, 2020
1 kid on my caseload.
Teresa G on Sep 23, 2020
My first grader is learning to read.
Rebecca P on Sep 9, 2020
Used these books while working with students in public schools. Great resource!
Emily on Sep 9, 2020
great book in reinforcing phonics and reading
Rowena on Sep 6, 2020
Content, quality and price!
Paige S on Aug 29, 2020
very good book to teach phonics
Arijit P on Aug 27, 2020
Ryan H on Aug 25, 2020
I purchased Explode the Code Book 1 not knowing I needed the teacher's guide, since the teacher's guide also covered Book 2 I thought it best to pick it up as well.
Chrissy F on Aug 23, 2020
My second grade daughter could use supplemental help with phonics. This was a helpful tool when my older daughter used it.
Jill P on Aug 22, 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
As a supplement to all about reading
Debbie on Aug 18, 2020
trying a new phonics work book
Laura B on Aug 18, 2020
Recommended by a friend.
Amanda C on Aug 3, 2020
Love this series!
Mary F on Jul 28, 2020
Have been using this book for few years in our K curriculum and kids love it.
AHMED S on Jul 28, 2020
As a supplemental phonics book for my first grader
Jenna S on Jul 26, 2020
Daughter picks this to do first everyday.
April P on Jul 21, 2020
Great basic phonics program
Rebekah G on Jul 17, 2020
It's recommended as an extra resource with our Sonlight curriculum.
Lauren F on Jul 15, 2020
It looks like a good, inexpensive option to review what my daughter learned in kindergarten. If we like it we will continue with it into the next level.
Elizabeth B on Jul 9, 2020
This is a simple open and go book to teach the basic phonetic skills needed for beginner reading.
Peter B on Oct 21, 2021
Reinforcing phonics skills from all about reading with 7 year old reader
Aubrey K on Aug 30, 2021
If my child has successfully completed “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons,” will level 2 of “Explode the Code” be too easy? Should we start with level 3 or 4 instead?
K W on Aug 14, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I would expect Book 2 to be too easy. Explode the Code Books 1-8 cover the phonics skills that are typically covered in K-2 phonics courses. I would expect your student to be ready for Books 5 or 6 after finishing Teach Your Child - 100 Easy Lessons. However, I'll post here the skills covered in each book and you can decide what would be the best fit.

Book 1 Consonant pretest; short vowels.
Book 2 Initial and final consonant blends.
Book 3 Open syllables, silent-e, digraphs (sh, th, wh, ch, -ng, -ck, -tch), simple diphthongs (ee, ea, ai, ay, oa, ow).
Book 4 Syllable division between consonants, with open and closed syllables, with syllables ending in -y and -le, diphthong syllables, and three-syllable words; compound words, endings (-ful, -ing, -est, -ed, -ness).
Book 5 Word families (all, alk, old, olt, oll, ild, ind), three-letter blends, qu, -ey, and the three sounds of -ed.
Book 6 More difficult diphthongs (oo, ea, ie, oi, oy, ou, ow, au, aw, igh, ew, ui, ue, ou), r-controlled vowels (including wor, war also).
Book 7 Soft c and g, silent letters, sounds of ear, ei, eigh, and the digraph ph.
Book 8 Suffixes and irregular endings.
does this actually teach? (as in, gives me guidance or help in HOW to teach the sounds?} or is this just practice?
A shopper on May 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Explode the Code books provide a systematic presentation of phonics skills. They are presented sequentially and with some instruction. You will need to add reading practice for a complete phonics approach. The accompanying Teacher's Manuals will help you in teaching the concepts.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent resource
October 16, 2021
2 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great for assessing where my reader is at
Explode the code has proven to be a great way to assess my daughter's phonetic skills. I'm loving this workbook!
September 12, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Creative and fun.
April 10, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Third child to use Explode the Code. They've all enjoyed them.
September 27, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great curriculum!
Explode the Code has been a huge plus to our homeschooling!
September 24, 2019
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love Love Love Explode The Code!
Explode the code is a great curriculum. Works very well 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 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Good supplement to phonics/reading program!
Easy to use & follow worksheets. Using them to give my son a boost, since he was slow to start reading.
March 1, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great for phonics help with my 1st grader!
December 30, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Reading Program
I've used this program for two children so far. One started with the preface to this series, Get Ready, Get Set, and Go for the Code, and the other jumped right in here. I use this book at Kindergarten level. The workbooks keep my children engaged daily in learning to read, building each week on what they have already learned. You can go at your own pace with these. I take one lesson and stretch it out over the course of a week. I purchased the teacher's manual because I prefer to be told what and how to teach, but you wouldn't necessarily need it at this level if you like to plan your own lessons.
October 17, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great to add alongside ETC 1
Love this to go along with the first book, because once my daughter starts going through the first book she wants to keep going, and now I have everything I need for a years worth of english/reading!
November 5, 2015
over 6 years ago

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