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Literacy Footprints is a Guided Reading system designed for classroom teachers, intervention, ELL, Special Education teachers, and support staff who are teaching children to read and write. Each of the guided reading kits contains sequenced, high-quality leveled texts in a variety of genres. Students will encounter traditional tales, realistic fiction, fantasy, and informational text. The lesson cards that accompany the books follow Jan Richardson’s “Next Step” lesson format (Richardson, 2009 and 2016.) Each lesson includes word study and phonics instruction based on The Next Step Forward in Word Study (Dufresne and Richardson 2019). Each guided reading kit also includes component materials designed by Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufresne to consistently support teachers throughout the lessons. 

McREL Study Finds Literacy Footprints Meets Criteria for Tier 1 (Strong Evidence) under ESSA [PDF]

Study Shows Students Using Literacy Footprints Performed Better on End-of-Year i-Ready Diagnostic Reading Assessments [PDF]


Literacy Footprints Kits are available in TWO sizes

CLASSROOM KITS include 6 copies of each title, teaching tools for groups of 6 students as well as a lesson plan for each title. 

SINGLE STUDENT SETS include 1 copy of each title and do not include lesson plans or additional components.

Kindergarten Kit Classroom Includes:

  • 6 copies each of 100 Titles
  • Kindergarten Teaching Guide
  • Kindergarten Lesson Plans
  • ABC Chart/Sound Box Card (Pack of 6)
  • Word Study Box Set
  • Book Labels For All Titles
  • 24 Kindergarten Writing Journals
  • Sentence Strips (Pack of 300)
  • 1 Lesson Timer
  • 6 Write-on Sleeves
  • 4 Book Storage Tubs

Kindergarten Kit Single Student Includes:

  • 1 copy each of 100 Titles
  • Book Level Stickers
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