Starfall Activity Index

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Scale the Ridge
Scale the Ridge

The children go mountain biking and are rewarded with an excellent view. Introduce initial blends with "s" in long vowel words, and the high-frequency word "going".

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The Spruce Beetle
The Spruce Beetle

Informational text about the environmental impact of the Spruce Beetle. Introduce initial consonant clusters spr, scr.

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Mom Likes to Grow Things
Mom Likes to Grow Things

Tate is shocked when her mother begins to shred the lawn to plant a garden. Introduce initial consonant clusters str, spl and high-frequency words began, left, next, soon, and walk.

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Do You Like to Bounce
Do You Like to Bounce?

Pam has a surprise in her backyard and her neighbor has a surprise for her! Introduce diphthong /ow/ spelled ou and high-frequency words children('s), friend(s), room, and without.

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How the Fox Got the Grapes
How the Fox Got the Grapes

A retelling of Aesop's classic tale. Introduce diphthong /ow/ spelled ow.

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At the Toy Store
At the Toy Store

Tim, Joe, and Tate choose the perfect gift for their friend Pam. Introduce diphthong /oi/ spelled oi and oy.

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Bound for the City
Bound for the City

The Steel family travels to the city to participate in an urban clean up project. Introduce final blends and /s/ spelled c_ and high-frequency words along, always, under, and done.

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Milk, Eggs, and Flour
Milk, Eggs, and Flour

Sam and Pam learn a baking trick from Sam's mother. Introduce final blends, the rimes -alt, -alm, and -alk, and high-frequency words does and there.

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Head West on the Sea!
Head West on the Sea!

Pam and her father return to the docked ship they once visited, but this time for a sail! Introduce final blends, contractions with "are", and the high-frequency word "being".

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We Can All Help
We Can All Help

An informational text about reducing, reusing, and recycling. Introduce final blends and the high-frequency word "doesn't"

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A Grand Way to Spend the Day
A Grand Way to Spend the Day

The Steel family returns to the city to finish the urban clean up project. Introduce initial and final blends.

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More Phonics, Unit 7
More Phonics, Unit 7

More Phonics Unit 7 introduces schwa in multi-syllable words, /l/ (le, el) r-controlled vowels, open-syllable long vowels, and /e/ (ie, ey). High-Frequency words include answered, boy, carried, carry, each, early, eight, enough, far, father, felt, gave, love, mother, those, today, warm, water, won't, yellow, and young. Once introduced these sound-spellings and words will appear again in the next unit. Thematically this unit's focus is observation.

All About Seeds
All About Seeds

Informational text on seeds and plants. Introduce schwa in multisyllable words and high-frequency words far, love, those, water, and yellow.

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Tate is Able
Tate is Able

Tate shows her parents how she learned to sprout seeds at school. Introduce /l/ spelled el, le in multisyllable words and high frequency words mother, father, and won't.

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Tam's Family Farm
Tam's Family Farm

Tam tells about her life living on the family farm. Introduce r-controlled "a" and high-frequency words each, early, aight, enough, and today.

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A Ride Through the Orange Grove
A Ride Through the Orange Grove

Tory and Glory go out for a ride and become unexpected heroes. Introduce r-controlled "o" and high frequency words boy, carry (carried), felt, and gave.

The universe is made of matter!
All About Matter

Informational text about the states of matter. Introduce r-controlled "e".

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A Birthday Surprise
A Birthday Surprise

It's Tam's birthday, but she doesn't get what she was expecting. Introduce r-controlled "i" and "u" and high-frequency words also, dear, laugh(ed), white, write, morning, and sure.

Read to get to the bottom of Tam's big secret!
Tam's Secret

Introduce open-syllable long vowels /ē/ e, /ā/ a, /ō/ o and the high-frequency words young and answered.

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Honey Bee Basics
Honey Bee Basics

Tam has a solution to a family problem. Introduce open-syllable long vowels /ē/ e, /ā/ a, /ō/ o and the high-frequency words young and answered.