PCI Reading Program Level 3

Move Students Toward Reading Independence

PCI Reading Program Level Three is designed to move students toward reading independence by using the words taught in Levels One and Two as exemplars for teaching 23 onsets and 20 word families. Students learn the basics of word analysis, word building, and decoding in a uniquely scaffolded introduction to phonics that expands the success-based, controlled-vocabulary approach from Levels One and Two. In addition, Level Three introduces students to the new genres of nonfiction and poetry and seamlessly integrates comprehension, writing, and fluency skills into the lesson cycle.

A Unique Approach to Phonics

Level Three serves as a bridge between the whole-word visual discrimination approach in Levels One and Two and the decoding required of independent readers. To promote student success, instruction is carefully scaffolded to introduce students to the process of decoding by unveiling sounds that are embedded within the sight words they already know how to read. Students learn to examine known sight words, recognize common onsets and rimes, match phoneme sounds to letters, and decode unfamiliar words such as “bat” and “rake.”

A Wide Array of Manipulatives

The program comes with a magnet board and 363 magnets to make building words easy and fun. Five different types of magnets are included: onsets, rimes, words, inflectional endings, and word family labels. In addition, word strips and word windows allow students to practice building new words in a word family and reading with fluency. Level Three also includes Match on the Mat text and scene cards for additional reading and comprehension practice.

More Reading Opportunities

The program's 20 books alternate between nonfiction and fiction, and each nonfiction book shares a theme or topic with the fiction book that follows it. Fiction books have a variety of outstanding illustrators and feature middle school- and high school-age students in contemporary settings. Nonfiction books feature beautiful full-color photos and offer a range of topics that include social studies and science themes. Many of the nonfiction books also include features such as charts, diagrams, or timelines. Throughout each lesson, additional opportunities to read sentences and paragraphs are provided by the read-alouds, activity sheets, and Match on the Mat cards.

Integrated Comprehension, Fluency, and Writing Instruction

In Level Three, students mature as both readers and writers, learning and applying higher-order comprehension skills as well as practicing fluency and writing. Comprehension skills, including setting, main idea, and cause and effect, were selected based on an analysis of the types of questions on alternative state assessments. Unit tests include both decoding and comprehension questions, allowing teachers to monitor all aspects of reading progress. Writing opportunities are provided through the Write and Read Workbook, and fluency activities and assessments are integrated into each unit.

Flexible Implementation

Level Three has been designed for maximum flexibility and individualization of instruction. Onset instruction is provided in the Letter/Sound Correspondence Lessons book, and rime instruction is included in the Core Instruction Guide. Teachers may choose to teach all 23 onsets and then begin Unit 1 of the Core Instruction Guide, or they may choose to start at Unit 1 and assess students only on the onsets they will use to build words in that unit. In this case, onset instruction would be limited to only the initial sounds that students will use in Unit 1 but don't already know.

Level 3 Print Complete Kit Components

  • 1 Core Instruction Guide (20 word family units; 20 unit overviews and objectives; 280 full-color lesson pages; Real-World Connection lessons; fluency and comprehension lessons)
  • 1 Letter/Sound Correspondence Lessons (23 onset lessons, 92 lessons and 92 student pages)
  • 1 Read-Aloud Book (40 pages; 2 per unit)
  • 5 copies of the Write and Read Workbook (100 pages; 5 per unit)
  • 1 Activity Sheets Binder (69 pages of onset practice; 100 pages of new words and comprehension practice)
  • 20 Student Books (16 full-color pages; 10 fiction and 10 nonfiction)
  • 1 Magnet Board
  • 363 Magnets (23 onsets, 20 rimes, words, word family labels, and inflectional endings)
  • 125 Picture Cards
  • 1 Match on the Mat Board
  • 100 Match on the Mat Cards (50 Scene Cards and 50 Text Cards)
  • 20 Word Windows and 40 Word Strips
  • 1 Plastic Viewer (for use with the Letter/Sound Correspondence Lessons)
  • 1 Assessments Binder (193 pages; Review Poems, 10 Phonemic Awareness Lessons, Letter/Sound Correspondence Test, 25 Supplemental Fluency Lessons, Comprehensive Test, 20 Unit Tests, Charts and Checklists)
  • 1 Teacher’s Guide
Level 2 Print Additional Sets or Other Components

Activity Sheets Binder

Assessment Binder

Additional Set of 20 Level Three Books

Magnetic Kit - Complete Kit includes Magnetic Board and 8 different packages of Magnetic Squares.

Match on the Mat Kit - Complete Kit includes Match on the Mat Board and 50 Matching Text and Scene Cards.

Picture Cards - 125 Picture Cards

Read Aloud Book 

Teacher's Guide

Word Windows and Word Strips Kit - Complete Kit includes 20 Word Windows and 40 Word Strips.

Write and Read Workbooks (5-pack) -

Package of 5 Write & Read Workbooks

Reproducible Books Kit - The 20 PCI Reading Program Level Three books are available in reproducible format in this supplemental binder. The reproducible books are identical to the program books, except thay are in black and white. Use the books in the classroom or as reading reinforcement activities to send home.


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