Literacy Lane

Literacy Lane

Literacy Help and Resources
Yukon Public Schools has adopted McGraw-Hill Wonders as a means to assess and differentiate instruction for all elementary students. It is a research-based and state adopted curriculum that focuses on specific phonological, phonics, fluency and comprehension skills. Teachers incorporate the basal reading series and other reading books as well as writing and vocabulary instruction into their reading block.
Below you will find useful links. If you should have questions regarding these or would like further information about the curriculum, please contact your child's teacher or our Instructional Specialist.


Sight Words
Memorization of sight words is a vital part of your child's reading success. Sight words should be memorized and recognized automatically without pauses to sound out the word. Sight word instruction begins in Kindergarten and continues until the end of 2nd grade.

Kindergarten HFW - 50 of the most commonly found words in Kindergarten level material
First Grade HFW - This list of 100 words is typically mastered at the beginning of the 1st grade
Second Grade HFW - This list of 100 words is typically mastered at or near the end of 1st grade


Phonological Awareness & Phonics Skill Sequence 
Phonological Awareness: Hearing the individual sounds

Phonological awareness is the understanding that words can be broken down into parts or individual sounds. Practice includes manipulating those individual sounds by blending, segmenting, substituting, or deleting phonemes to create new words. 
Phonics: Hearing and Seeing the letters and patterns within words
Phonics involves associating letters and letter patterns with sounds and blending them to make words. Phonics practice includes learning vowel patterns, digraphs, blends, diphthongs, and other word patterns that make up our language.