Reading and Word Solving Strategies Pack 1 is free and available in the free eMember section of this site for those who have previously joined. If not yet a member, join here and gain access to this and other educational downloads. What’s in this pack? There are 170 pages with 20 reading comprehension and word solving posters. Also included are some book companions to help mentor the strategies. Pictures tell the best story, so see for yourself what is included.  I prepared a PDF preview with more information, including the CCSS addressed for grades one and two.

Reading and Word Solving Strategies Pack 1 Free PDF

First, the word solving reading strategies are included, pocket chart cards for these strategies are also included, along with cards for any mentor text resources included in this pack. Auto the Otter is so perfect for sight words automaticity!

world solving strategies included in strategies pack 1

Next, there are posters for the reading comprehension strategies. Pocket chart cards for these strategies are also included, along with a card for any mentor text resources included in this pack. Quackers the Duck is my favorite!

Word Solving

reading comprehension strategies included in strategies pack 1

Now for the Scholastic book companions/resources included in pack one.  Seven Blind Mice can be used to help teach several strategies. This section includes work pages, activities, and also pocket chart cards for vocabulary.

Seven Blind Mice book companion

The Arthur’s Valentine section has some sweet activities.

Arthur's Valentine section

Chunky Monkey and Spinner the Spider are part of the Cinderella Penguin section.

Cinderella Penguin

Next, Scholastic’s sight word readers (or any emergent readers with the same words) help reinforce automaticity with Auto the Otter. By the way, here is a second Auto the Otter in the premium eMember area.

Auto the Otter sight words automaticity

Next, Digger Dog helps mentor non-fiction conventions.

US Landforms for non-fiction conventions

Finally, Clifford for President is used as an anchor text for several word solving strategies. Quackers the Duck is perfect for noticing dialogue in the text, also.

Clifford for President

Thanks for reading!

Carolyn Wilhelm

You might also like these sight word  games!
And the kindergarten sight words games (3 levels, free)


The popular download Reading Strategies Pack One. See this blog post for more information and photos. This can be downloaded in our free eMember area.


Reading Strategies Pack two is a companion for the free reading strategies pack one, above. This link will open a free demonstration PDF to provide more information and a list of the CCSS addressed. This PDF is included in our premium Amember area.


ABC’s of Reading Comprehension for Pre-K – Grade One — A free developing reading comprehension skills eBook for parents and teachers of young children.  It is an instant download at the blog post.

Asking Questions Lesson and a Free Sample

Asking questions is one of several reading comprehension strategies practice in primary grades. This post has a freebie.


Interactive student notebook (ISN) activity page, free instant download PDF opens here reading-strategies-ISN-for-students.


Do you need rubrics? They are wonderful for being observed by the principal or peer coach to help answer the question, “How will you evaluate this lesson?”

Reading Strategies Professional Development Video

The post is about a 40-minute reading strategies professional development video in our premium Amember area by Wise Owl Factory. It has student PDFs and 2 renewal (CEU) units if approved by your school district. More information here.


Free synthesizing as a reading strategy video for professional development for teachers on the blog post.  Free student PDF. The video is about four minutes long and has information for teaching students about the synthesizing reading strategy.


Free non-fiction text conventions “workbook” for some writing, drawing, and cut and paste activities on these text features. Download in the free eMember area.


Free printable bookmark of some basic word solving strategies. Very helpful!

Prepare for Learning to Read in Kindergarten

Learning to read in Kindergarten and first grade begins with background preparation that parents can do at home, in the car, and even without using books all the time.

Free Grade 2 Word Wall Printable

The post shares our free grade-two word wall printable.  This PDF opens in our free eMember area.  It is intended to accompany writing workshop or class writing time.


Text to Text Connections with Knuffle Bunny and Going on a Bear Huntfree at the blog post.


Inferring discussion guide for A Photographic Fantasy: Stranger in the Woods, by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, download at the blog post 


Text to Text Connections with Knuffle Bunny and Going on a Bear Huntfree at the blog post.

Charlie Anderson Free Book Companion PDF

Free PDF work page and answer key is a free instant download at the blog post.


All the books Wise Owl Factory has made free PDF book companions, novel units, and literature companions. Most will download at the link to the blog post about the book, some will open at this link.

Word-solving Strategies for Clifford for President

Word-solving strategies can be fun with books like Clifford for President by Mark Mcveigh. Books that children find interesting enough to try to decode the words and understand the story are motivating enough for sneaking in some teaching.