About The Program


Explode The Code® is a research-based, multisensory program geared to improving literacy with direct, systematic, phonics instruction. Explode The Code’s classic print program includes a sequence of skills-based student books with coordinating placement tests and instructional support. Build the essential literacy skills needed for reading success: phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and spelling with the  Explode The Code series.

This proven Orton-Gillingham based program has helped millions of students gain early literacy skills.

The Explode The Code Difference

  • Research-based, multisensory instruction
  • Abundant practice and reinforcement opportunities for greater retention
  • Development of comprehension skills through reading in context
  • Accommodations for English Language Learners and struggling readers

Explode The Code Pre-Literacy Primers


This fun pre-literacy workbook series teaches the 21 consonants, and their sounds as well as letter formation through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities. Students also learn print concepts.

Students will:

  • practice fine-motor skills and letter formation through tracing and writing consonants.
  • learn through visual activities.
  • use matching exercises to develop visual discrimination and letter recognition.
  • reinforce letter recognition through the use of capital and lowercase letters.

Wall Chart, Code Cards, and Picture Letter Cards are Great Ancillary Materials for Pre K-1!

Explode The Code and Explode The Code Online

Grades 1-4

Appropriate for comprehensive phonics skills instruction providing the basis for strong reading development.

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Beyond The Code

Grades 2-4

Ideal for developing critical comprehensions skills, these books feature charmingly illustrated stories. Writing and spelling exercises introduce new sight words and reinforce phonetic patterns.

Beyond The Code 1 ›
Beyond The Code 2 ›
Beyond The Code 3 ›
Beyond The Code 4 ›

Additional Materials

Teacher's Guides

Teacher's Guides expand on the skills in the student books providing teachers with various options for instruction and reinforcement.  The wide variety of activities may be adapted for whole-class, small group and one-on-one learning situations. Each lesson addresses the principles of effective reading instruction and follows the same easy to use format.

Explode The Code Placement Test

A quick assessment designed to help teachers place their students in the appropriate level of the Explode The Code series. The tests assess the skills presented in the Explode The Code series.

Teacher's Guide for English Language Learners

Specific lesson plans for ELL students focus on vocabulary, grammar, reading, and comprehension. Coordinates with student books 1-3 1/2 and includes over 100 reproducible exercises.

Wall Chart and Activity Book

This attractive felt wall hanging is a perfect complement to the series. Each letter of the alphabet has its own pocket containing a stuffed toy corresponding to the key word for that letter. The accompanying Activity Book offers over 40 games to help students remain on task and take an active, hands-on part in the learning process.

Program Overview

Explode The Code

Sample Lessons

Lesson Sampler Scope & Sequence Get Set for The Code B: Sample Lesson Explode The Code 1: Table of Contents Explode The Code 1: Lesson 3 Explode The Code 4½: Lesson Explode The Code 6: Table of Contents Explode The Code 6: Lesson 7 Beyond The Code 1: Zack the Dog Part 1 Beyond The Code 3: Table of Contents Beyond The Code 3: 'Day Care for Dogs' Lesson Beyond The Code 4: Think About It! Explode The Code: English Language Learners Guide
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Research Paper

Explode The Code Online Customer Implementation Report Research Paper
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