Phonic Books: Totem Series
Readability Level: Phonics
Recommended Ages: 8-14
Subject/Genre: Adventure Fantasy
Zak is eleven years old. He lives with his Grandpa. Every day, he must take the sheep up to the hills to graze, but he is bored with his job. He dreams of adventure. One day, he takes his shepherd’s staff and his pet kid into the hills with his flock, as usual. Two men kidnap him and his adventures begin. Along the way, his staff acquires special powers. He makes a new friend and, together they face great danger. How will they survive? Will Zak ever see his Grandpa again?Designed 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)
The Totem Series is 12 fantasy/adventure stories for students ages 8 through 14 who would benefit from a beginning phonics program. This series starts at CVC/CVCC level text, then builds up reading skills in a step-by-step phonic progression, allowing practice and consolidation at each level. To promote interest, the series features one continuous story when read in sequence, with the conclusion in the final book.
Book 1: CVC, CVCC (CVC, CVCC)Book 2: CVCC (CVC, CVCC, CCVC)Book 3: CCVCC (CVC, CVCC, CCVCC)Book 4: 'sh', 'ch', 'th' (sh, ch, th)Book 5: 'ck', 'ng', 'qu', 'wh' (ck, ng, qu, wh)Book 6: 'ae' (ai, ay, ae, a)Book 7: 'ee' (ee, ea, e, y, ey)Book 8: 'oe' (oe, ow, oa, o)Book 9: 'er' (er, ir, ur)Book 10: 'ow' (ow, ou)Book 11: 'ie' (igh, ie, y, i)Book 12: 'oo' (oo, ew, ue, u)
Totem Series Workbook
This spiral-bound photocopiable workbook (224 pages) includes 12 chapters which correspond to the 12 books in the reading series. Following the same phonic progression, it provides a variety of activities including wordbuilding, blending, segmenting, comprehension, and vocabulary exercises based on the characters and adventures in the Magic Belt 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.