The PALS Series - Build Early Literacy Skills

Authors: Joseph K. Torgesen, Patricia G. Mathes, Jill Howard Allor, Jeanine Clancy-Menchetti, Joanne Allain
Grades: PreK-1

Created by leading educational researchers, the PALS Series has been proven to increase early literacy skills through small group instruction and meaningful practice.

Teacher-Directed PALS (Paths to Achieving Literacy Success) is specifically designed to address the need for systematic and explicit instruction in phonological decoding and comprehension practice with high-interest children’s literature. The program has been chosen as the curriculum for America Reads, a U.S. Department of Education reading initiative. It’s an effective curriculum for prekindergarten and kindergarten students and a logical next step for students who are performing below DIBELS benchmarks in kindergarten or first grade.

K-PALS (Kindergarten Peer-Assisted Literacy Strategies) is a 20-week research-based peer-tutoring program that uses literacy activities to improve early reading skills—especially for prekindergarten and kindergarten students who are performing below benchmark in phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency.

First Grade PALS (First Grade Peer-Assisted Literacy Strategies) uses pair work, a motivational point-earning system, and direct instruction principles to improve the reading achievement of even the lowest-performing kindergarten and first grade students.