Phonic Books: Talisman 1 Series
Readability Level: Phonics
Recommended Ages: 8-14
Subject/Genre: Adventure Fantasy
Zak lives with his Grandpa, who raised him after his parents died. On his 13th birthday, his Grandpa gives him a strange gift – a talisman. Never take it off. It will protect you. One day, it might even save your life, his Grandpa said. But somebody else wanted the talisman and its special powers and they would do anything to get it. From the day he was given the talisman, Zak’s life was never the same again.Created for guided or independent readingIdeal for practicing specific decoding patterns in the context of a larger narrativeText is supported by color pictures on each pageEach book focuses on a set of sound-spellings for readers to practiceAction-packed stories in short books (about 300 words each)
Spelling Focus for each book
The Talisman 1 Series includes 10 fantasy/adventure stories for students ages 8 through 14 that introduce more alternative spellings for the vowel sounds: ae, oe er ow/oi, oo, ie, or, air, and ar. To promote interest, the series features one continuous story when read in sequence, and continues the story started in the Totem Series.
- Book 1: ai, ay, a, a-e, ea, ey
- Book 2: ee, ea, e, y, e–e, ie and ei
- Book 3: ow, oa, o, oe and o–e
- Book 4: er, ir, ur, or and ear
- Book 5: ow, ou, oi and oy
- Book 6: oo, ue, u–e, ew, ou and u
- Book 7: igh, ie, i–e, I and y
- Book 8: aw, awe, a, al, au and ough
- Book 9: air, are, ear, ere and eir
- Book 10: ar
Talisman 1 Series Workbook
This spiral-bound photo-copiable workbook (150 pages) includes reading, spelling and comprehension activities for each of the stories in the Talisman Series.
Talisman Cards are a collection of 20 beautifully illustrated card decks students can use to play a fast-paced game that gives them plenty of phonic skills practice. Starting at the CVC word level, the decks introduce consonant digraphs and alternative spellings for vowel sounds. Each deck of 56 cards corresponds to a phonic focus contained in the Phonic Books Series.