PCI Reading Program Level 2

Add New Skills and Double Their Reading Vocabulary! 2009 AEP Award Winner, PCI Reading Program Takes It to the Next Level.

The PCI Reading Program is a research-based curriculum created specifically to teach students with developmental disabilities, autism, and significant learning disabilities how to read. Levels One and Two teach 280 sight words and "real-world" nouns and verbs through a comprehensive system of repetition, "hands-on" practice, controlled-vocabulary reading, and high-interest activities. Nonreaders become successful readers word by word, reading 42 engaging, full-color books along the way.

PCI Reading Program Level Two is designed as the next step for students who have completed Level One. It teaches 140 additional sight words and "real-world" nouns and verbs, advancing students from a 1.0 reading level to a 2.0-2.5 reading level. While Level Two's focus is still on teaching words through visual discrimination, it also introduces students to wrapped text, common inflectional endings, such as -s, -ing, and -ed, and compound words.

Words Taught in Groups of Ten

Level Two uses the same five-step lesson cycle that students became familiar with in Level One, but it teaches the words in groups of ten rather than five. Level Two includes 14 full-color books, one for every ten words learned. Each book features a different character in a typical everyday setting. Books range in length from 12 to 16 pages and move from one paragraph per page to up to three paragraphs per page.

New Instructional Components

A set of 14 reproducible stories is provided to help students review all 140 words they learned in Level One. In addition, Level Two features a new instructional step in the Guided Word Practice lessons called Skill Discovery. The Skill Discovery Lessons Book offers scripted lessons that teach students how to read wrapped text, interpret end punctuation marks, identify and read inflectional endings, and identify and read compound words. Word Strips and specially designed Word Windows are also included to help students practice reading words with inflectional endings and compound words.

  • Takes Beginning Readers from a 1.0 Reading Level to a 2.5 Reading Level
  • Same Lesson Cycle as Level One
  • Provides Building Reading Skills Lessons in Fluency, and Writing
  • 3 New Components:
  • Review Stories for Level One Booklet
  • 4 Word Windows and 40 Word Strips
  • Skill Discovery Lessons Book
  • Introduces New Skills:
  • Wrapped Text
  • Inflectional Endings
  • End Punctuation Marks
  • Compound Words

Review Stories for Level One Words

To prepare for Level Two, students read 14 short stories that use only the 140 words taught in Level One. Each of the 140 Level One words appears at least once in these stories, and many words are used multiple times. A word assessment chart has been provided so that teachers can easily track students’ retention of the Level One words. Any words not retained should be reviewed before the student begins Level Two.

Building Reading Skills Binder

Like Level One, Level Two includes a Building Reading Skills binder which introduces students to new literacy skills that are critical for reading success. The units in Level Two are:

  • Building Print Recognition
  • Building Letter-Sound Knowledge
  • Building Fluency
  • Building the Writing Connection
  • Building the Home Connection

Within the units, 38 lesson plans incorporate research-based strategies and differentiated instruction to build each skill one step at a time. 62 reproducible student pages include environmental print samples that use the words from the program; sight word lists, sentence lists, and reading samples to build fluency; and writing practice sheets. Three different assessment charts to track rate and accuracy are included in the Fluency unit. The final unit features five reproducible, take-home books to build the school-home connection.

Skill Discovery Lessons Book

To introduce new print concepts and decoding skills in Level Two, some of the Guided Word Practice Lessons incorporate a Skills Discovery Lesson. These lessons are fully scripted and provided in a separate book in the Level Two box. Seven skills are covered, in the following order:

  • Text Wrapping
  • End Punctuation Marks
  • Inflectional Ending Noun-s
  • Inflectional Ending Verb-ing
  • Inflectional Ending Verb-ed
  • Compound Words

Once students have been introduced to text wrapping and end punctuation marks, Level Two books and materials begin incorporating paragraphs. Inflectional ending lessons and compound words incorporate decoding, expanding students’ reading skills and preparing them for Level Three of the program. Both lesson plans and reproducible student pages are included in the Skill Discovery Lessons book.

Word Windows and Word Strips

The Word Windows and Word Strips add a new hands-on component to Level Two. Integrated into some of the Guided Word Practice lessons as part of the read-aloud section, the 40 Word Strips provide reading practice with the inflectional endings presented in the program and with compound words. There are four Word Windows:

  • Word Window for –s
  • Word Window for –ing
  • Word Window for –ed
  • Word Window for Compound Words

Once a Word Strip has been introduced in a Guided Word Practice Lesson, students can continue to use it for review and independent practice.

Level 2 Print Complete Kit Components

  • 3 Word Building Lessons Books (spiral-bound and double-sided with 140 lessons, a comprehensive test, and 14 posttests)
  • 5 copies of the Trace and Read Workbook (spiral-bound with 140 full-color student pages)
  • 2 Guided Word Practice Books (spiral-bound with built-in stands; books include 154 full-color word and book lesson plans and 140 full-color student read-aloud pages)
  • 1 Activity Sheets Binder (with 289 reproducible activities)
  • 1 Review Stories for Level One Words Booklet (softbound, with 14 stories and a Level One Assessment)
  • 1 Skill Discovery Lessons Book (softbound, with 29 lesson plans and 26 student pages)
  • 4 Word Windows (one for each inflectional ending taught (-s, -ing, and -ed) and one for compound words)
  • 40 Word Strips (for use with the Word Windows)
  • 1 Building Reading Skills Binder (with 38 lesson plans, 62 reproducible student pages, and 5 reproducible mini-books)
  • 14 full-color Books (softbound, ranging in length from 12 to 16 pages)
  • 1 Game Board for “The Word Game”
  • 280 Word Cards (140 from Level One and 140 from Level Two; for use with the Guided Word Practice activities and “The Word Game”)
  • 100 full-color Picture Cards (for use with the Guided Word Practice activities)
  • 1 Card Storage Box (for easy retrieval of the Word Cards and Picture Cards)
  • 1 “Match on the Mat” Board
  • 140 Text Cards (for use with the “Match on the Mat” Board)
  • 140 full-color Scene Cards (for use with the “Match on the Mat” Board)
  • 1 Plastic Card Tray (for use with the Guided Word Practice activities)
  • 1 Plastic Viewer (for use with the Word Building Lessons)
  • 1 Teacher’s Guide
Level 2 Print Additional Sets or Other Components

Activity Sheets - 280 Reproducible Activity Sheets in 3-Ring Binder

Additional Set of 14 Level Two Books

Audio Cards - For additional hands-on and at-home reading practice

Each level contains 140 cards. Used with a Califone CardMaster, the audio cards provide teachers with a hands-on auditory and visual practice center that can be used independently. Not included in the Complete Kit

Building Reading Skills Binder

The units in Level Two are:

  • Building Print Recognition
  • Building Letter-Sound Knowledge
  • Building Fluency
  • Building the Writing Connection
  • Building the Home Connection

Within the units, 38 lesson plans incorporate research-based strategies and differentiated instruction to build each skill one step at a time. 62 reproducible student pages include environmental print samples that use the words from the program; sight word lists, sentence lists, and reading samples to build fluency; and writing practice sheets. Three different assessment charts to track rate and accuracy are included in the Fluency unit. The final unit features five reproducible, take-home books to build the school-home connection.

Reproducible Books The 14 Level Two books are now available in reproducible format. The reproducible books are identical to the program books, except they are in black and white. Use the books in the classroom or as reading reinforcement activities to send home. Not included in the Complete Kit

Teacher's Guide

Trace and Read Workbooks Set of 5

Word Windows and Word Strips Kit The Word Windows and Word Strips add a new hands-on component to Level Two. Integrated into some of the Guided Word Practice lessons as part of the read-aloud section, the 40 Word Strips provide reading practice with the inflectional endings presented in the program and with compound words. There are four Word Windows:

  • Word Window for –s
  • Word Window for –ing
  • Word Window for –ed
  • Word Window for Compound Words

Once a Word Strip has been introduced in a Guided Word Practice Lesson, students can continue to use it for review and independent practice.

Card Kit Includes Level Picture Cards and 2 Sets of Word Cards

Comprehension Activities Binder Level Two Comprehension Activities binder (100 pp.) covers all 14 Level Two books. In addition to reviewing the skills taught in Level one, new skills such as summarization, cause and effect, and compare/contrast are introduced. Not included in the Complete Kit

Match on the Mat Kit Includes Scene Cards, Text Cards and Mat


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