Welcome to Sound City Reading
The Sound City Reading materials are designed to help children learn the phonics patterns they need to become successful, independent readers. I hope that you will find them useful. The downloads are free. You'll need Adobe Reader to download them. It will take a few minutes to download each file. After the file downloads, it takes about another half minute to open. The materials are in the form of pdf files that can be printed as practice books, workbooks, flashcards, and games. You may print the materials from this site or save any of the files to your computer after you open them. Just click on the square disk to save the file. To make it easier to look through the pages of each file, click on the button showing a page with four arrows pointing up, down, left, and right. This will give you a full view of each page. Click the arrows at the top of the page to move from one page to another.
My materials are copyrighted, but I give permission to parents, teachers, and tutors to download and print them for their students. Permission for schoolwide use is permitted. Commercial publication by anyone except myself is prohibited.
While I was a first grade teacher I used the Scott Foresman Reading Street program. I have created some materials which introduce phonics patterns in the same sequence taught in this reading series. There are Phonogram Pattern Worksheets, Decoding Sheets, Stories, Word Wall Materials, and Tests. All of these materials can be reached by clicking the Reading Street For First Grade link on the menu bar on the left side of this page.
I'm in the process of uploading revised materials. I have hundreds of files on this web site, and I'm afraid some of them could get lost in the shuffle as I update the site. If you can't find something or find errors, please let me know. I'll reload any files as needed and do my best to fix any navigation errors.
Click on any topic on the menu bar on the left to see the related materials.
Note February 2014: I've added the newest versions for each level. Please refresh the pages on this web site (by clicking the circular arrow at the top of the page) as you view them, in order to see any updates that have been made. Be sure to update the welcome page, otherwise it will not reload correctly when you return to it from another page. If any page appears garbled, it will load the new page version when you refresh the page.
If you have any comments or questions, I would love to hear from you.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Kathy Davis. I started working as a teaching assistant in a resource room in 1985, and worked as a teacher from 1989 until 1999 and from 2002 until 2011. Along the way I tutored a number of children individually as well. I've given the name of Sound City Reading to the phonics materials I've developed to help children learn to read and write. I've used this name because I added roofs to the first letter charts I put on the classroom wall to make them look like a row of houses in a city.
Note March 2014: I've added listening pages so you can hear the sound story and sound charts directly from the screen. See the menu on the left for the link. Unfortunately, this does not appear to work for Macintosh computers at this time. I've added a link on the pages to click if you can't hear the sound; hopefully this will work.