Intensive Reading Intervention providing Explicit, Teacher-led Instruction for Nonreaders and Struggling Readers

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S.P.I.R.E. is a research-proven reading intervention program for your lowest performing students.

  • Grades Pre-K–8+
  • 23

Dramatically increase students' reading skills through

Explicit, Teacher-led Instruction

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SPIRE Hybrid logo Classroom Experience

Teachers and students work with print and manipulatives for a multisensory classroom experience.
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iSPIRE logo Classroom Experience

All teacher and student materials are online, allowing for real-time progress monitoring and reporting.
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S.P.I.R.E.® + S.P.I.R.E. STAR™ Classroom Experience

Teachers enjoy new flexibility to toggle between digital and print-based teaching tools while their students work in print.

Consistent 10-Step Lesson

Systematic, sequentially structured 10-Step Lessons ensures mastery of concepts in the five critical areas of reading. Consistent structure allows for easy implementation.

  1. Phonogram Cards
    × STEP 1 – Phonogram Cards (5 minutes)

    Concepts are introduced and reviewed with a Key Words Concept Sheet, Phonogram, and Word Cards

  2. Phonological Awareness
    × STEP 2 – Phonological Awareness (5 minutes)

    A variety of multisensory activities help to develop students’ ability to hold sounds in their minds

  3. Word Building
    × STEP 3 – Word Building (5 minutes)

    Students build and manipulate words with their Magnetic Board and Letters and move on to writing words

  4. Decoding and Sentence Reading
    × STEP 4 – Decoding and Sentence Reading (10 minutes)

    Introductory Lesson: Students markup words for decoding.
    Reinforcing Lesson: Students read words and sentences, developing vocabulary and comprehension

  5. Prereading
    × STEP 5 – Prereading (5 minutes)

    A word from the reading selection is orally reviewed for phoneme-grapheme analysis. The teacher activates prior knowledge and builds background

  6. Reading
    × STEP 6 – Reading (15 minutes)

    Introductory Lesson: Students utilize a Word Find Sheet to identify and read new concept words.

    Reinforcing Lesson: Students read fiction and nonfiction texts, where they apply the newly introduced concept and develop comprehension skills.

  7. Sound Dictation
    × STEP 7 – Sound Dictation (2 minutes)

    Ten sounds are dictated to students and they say and write all known letter combinations for those sounds

  8. Prespelling (Oral Activity)
    × STEP 8 – Prespelling (Oral Activity) (3 minutes)

    The first word to be spelled in Step 9 is orally analyzed for its phoneme-grapheme relationships

  9. Spelling
    × STEP 9 – Spelling (5 minutes)

    Words are dictated to the students. Students spell words as they name letters and sound out the words

  10. Sentence Dictation
    × STEP 10 – Sentence Dictation (5 minutes)

    Students say and write sentences systematically. Then they proofread and make corrections with teacher guidance

Multisensory Learning

Auditory, visual, and kinesthetic teaching techniques are woven throughout the 10 Steps to keep students actively engaged so they can learn and retain information.

Print Experience
Multisensory in print

In S.P.I.R.E. students participate in multisensory activities using print and manipulatives

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Online Experience
Multisensory in digital

In iSPIRE students participate in multisensory activities by accessing the digital platform with their devices.

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Mastery of Concepts

Students begin with basic concepts and are assessed at the end of each lesson. They advance through levels to increasingly more difficult content. Data-driven instruction with continual practice and reinforcement ensures measurable and permanent gains.

SPIRE logo Experience

In print, the teacher manually records incorrect student responses on a record form. Student assessment data is kept in a work folder.

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SPIRE quick check and concept assessment form

S.P.I.R.E. STAR and iSPIRE Classroom Experience

Digitally, teachers tap on incorrect responses. The platform captures this data and automatically creates student and class summary reports.

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iSPIRE lesson and report

Scope & Sequence

Pre-Level 1 Sounds Sensible
  • Consonants
  • Short a
  • Handwriting
Level 1
  • Short vowels
  • sh, ch, th, wh
  • Welded sounds -nk, -ng
Level 2
  • ff, ll, ss
  • al, wa, qu, ck, tch
  • VCe
  • Vse
Level 3
  • Open syllables (so, he, fly)
  • ild, old, ind, ost, oll
  • ay, ou
  • Syllable division
  • Three sounds of -ed
  • Suffixes (no base charge)
  • Prefix a-
Level 4
  • ea, oa, ai, ee, oo, igh, ie
  • -le
Level 5
  • Soft c and g
  • r-controlled vowels
  • dge; kn; s as /z/
  • ow, oe
Level 6
  • a-, -a. -able
  • ph
  • ought, aught
  • ue, ew, tu; ol, oy; aw, au
  • ey; -age
  • Silent letters
  • Open syllables

Options add flexibility

S.P.I.R.E. Print
Teachers and students work with print and manipulatives.
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iSPIRE Online
All teacher and student materials are included in the digital option, which includes online assessment and reporting.
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S.P.I.R.E. print plus S.P.I.R.E. STAR
Teachers enjoy new flexibility to toggle between digital and print-based teaching tools while their students work in print.
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