Pathways Components


Student Materials

Theme Books

Books are the driving force behind Pathways. Each of the nine thematic studies is launched by theme books. These books, selected for their high interest, literary, and content values, represent a range of topics and genre.

Guided Reading Books

It is through Guided Reading that Pathways can show students how to read and support them while reading. When students read with others on similar levels of proficiency at their instructional level, they gain additional opportunities to become better readers. Guided Reading becomes the heart of a balanced reading program. Guided reading will occur at all grades. Pathways’ Seedling Guided Readers are the basic recommended set of leveled readers to be used in the kindergarten, first and second grades.

Writer’s Handbook

The Writer’s Handbook is primarily a student resource. Students keep this guide on their desks as a handy reference to use throughout the day. During the Writing Workshop this handbook serves as a tool for teaching mini-lessons about strategies or forms of writing.


The Chall-Popp Phonics Program assists students in learning the major phonological patterns in English. Students use workbooks, the only consumable component of Pathways. Phonics readers are incorporated into the phonics program, helping students transition into genuine independent readers by keeping them engaged while polishing phonics skills. Early Phonics Readers and Phonics Readers assist students in transitioning to independent readers. Early Phonics Readers focus on individual vowels and then build to multi-vowel reviews. Phonics Readers give practice in long-vowel sounds, consonant blends and digraphs. Phonics will be formally taught in Kindergarten through Grade 2.


Teacher Materials

Daily Lesson Guide

The Daily Lesson Guide is a teaching plan for each thematic study. The Daily Lesson Guide contains a detailed instructional plan for teaching comprehension, writing, literacy, and word structure skills within a cross-curricular and thematic focus. Spiritual connections are integrated into the reading instructional plan. Extension activities for art, Bible, drama, health, mathematics, science, and social studies are included. Suggested poetry from the recommended Random House Book of Poetry for Children: A Treasury of 572 Poems for Today’s Child (see order form) is also included.

Teacher’s Manual

The Teacher’s Manual contains information on guided reading implementation, comprehension strategies, reading and writing workshop, word study (which includes daily oral language, phonics, handwriting, and spelling), assessment options, working with the exceptional child, and the home-school partnership.

Phonics Teacher’s Edition

The Chall-Popp Phonics Program forms the basis for the explicit, sequential approach to phonics instruction in Pathways. The teacher’s edition contains hands-on student activities, intervention strategies, and numerous instructional techniques to enrich phonics instruction. Phonics is formally taught from Kindergarten through Grade 2.

Writer’s Handbook

Teacher will need a copy of the Writer’s Handbook since it is used for mini-lessons in grammar, writing, mechanics, etc., throughout Pathways.
Basic Reading Inventory: Pre-primer through Grade 12 and Early Literacy Assessments, Ninth Edition by Jerry L. Johns contains individually administered informal reading tests (six forms) which teachers can use to assess student reading. This resource is recommended but not required.