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Reading can open up new worlds for students by helping them build knowledge and sparking their curiosity. But often students don’t gain access to these enriching literacy experiences until they’ve mastered basic reading skills. Geodes® are here to change that. Geodes are accessible knowledge building information-rich books for emerging and developing readers, aligned with the scope and sequence of the Fundations® foundational reading program from Wilson Language Training™. Each book in the collection is designed to cultivate a deep reading experience, enabling students to apply decoding skills while building knowledge.
Geodes honor students’ natural curiosity by providing authentic reading experiences while the beautiful illustrations and photographs enrich and expand on the text of each book.
All Geodes are at least 80 percent decodable based on the Wilson Fundations® scope and sequence, and they reflect a broad range of identities and experiences, allowing students to see themselves and others in the books, and see worlds both familiar and new.
Geodes allow students to experience the joy of building deep knowledge and vocabulary, connecting ideas across texts as they read books on science, history, and the arts. Students explore the power of story-telling across time and culture through captivating images, detailed world maps, different perspectives, and more.
Geodes are organized into three levels: Level K, Level 1, and Level 2. Each level contains four modules, that center on a rich topic that sparks students’ interest. The topics give all students an opportunity to explore new places, cultures, and creatures, and classrooms using Wit & Wisdom® for English language arts instruction will see alignment across Geodes and Wit & Wisdom module topics.
Level K begins with Wordless Picture Books that give students an opportunity to tell a story based on a sequence of narrative illustrations. Next, Sound Search Books help students boost their letter-sound recognition skills by finding pictures associated with the sounds of a given letter. Students begin to apply their phonetic knowledge as they tap out words, and the Duet Books in Level K allow for just the right amount of adult assistance to help them build knowledge even as they read on their own for the first time.
I’ve never seen kids with this level of vocabulary, content knowledge, and decoding skills.
—KATIE E., READING SPECIALIST CHARLES C. BELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NC