Sample Lesson Plans for Elementary Struggling Readers, Grades 1–5


These 11 intervention overviews and sample lesson plans illustrate instruction provided to struggling readers in elementary school (grades 1–5) as part of 2006–2016 early intervention research by the Texas Center for for Learning Disabilities. These sample lessons address students’ different needs and were implemented in Tier 2 of a response to intervention model. They are appropriate for use with struggling readers in elementary school. Lessons focus on comprehension, word study, or phonics. In 2015, an after-school intervention program with computer instruction component was implemented.

For the research study, some of the lesson plans were based on published interventions; however, the lesson plans provided here were revised to be more widely applicable. For the grades 2 and 3 phonics plan, we also provide teacher templates for use with some of the activities outlined in the plan.