Curriculum Ladders for Reading – Primary – For the Teachers

Primary Reading

For use in classrooms using PreK-2nd grade level curriculum

Phonological Awareness:

Rhyming, Phonological Blending, and Syllabication:


Phoneme Identification, Phonemic Blending, and Manipulation of Sounds:






Vowel Patterns:


Decoding, Sight Words, and Syllabication:



Concepts of Print:

Developmental Reading Skills and Foundations of Print:



 Word Structure and Meaning:

Word Structure – Affixes, Base Words, Compound Words:


Word Meaning – Word Relationships, Context Clues, Content Vocabulary:




Literary Concepts:


Informational Concepts:




Writing Process:


Capitalization, Punctuation, and Spelling:


Parts of Speech and Usage:




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4 thoughts on “Curriculum Ladders for Reading – Primary

  • April 18, 2018 at 8:24 am

    I don’t see an option to print the curriculum ladders. Could you please direct me as to how to do this?


    • April 18, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      Click on the name of the one you want. It will open a page that shows the statements on that ladder. Toward the top in the middle of each of those pages it says “Printable Ladder.” Clicking on that will open a pdf version that you can save or print.

  • April 10, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Is there a way to print all of them at once or do you have to open each and print individually?

    • April 10, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      There is currently no way to print them all at once. They were created with the intention that they would be used one at a time for a particular lesson or skill rather than needed all at once.


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