Reading Skills Record Sheets


This lists the sequence of reading skills important for your child to learn from pre-school through eighth grade. It allows you to check off each skill as it is mastered and always points to the most important to be learned next.

Keep an on-going record of your child's progress and current needs by circling the number of each reading skill for which your child needs further work or understanding.  Fill in the circle when the skill has been mastered, and record the date.

For example:

____ 10. Blend sounds into words

  ____  10.01   Short vowel words  (1)

 9/14   10.02   Long vowel words  (1 - 2)

 
 

The numbers in parentheses indicate the common grade levels the skill or concept is introduced.  Sometimes an age level may be used. Any skills found not mastered at a lower level than the grade at which the child is expected to perform become high priority objectives.  It is very difficult to make good reading progress if unmastered lower-level skills keep getting in the way.  In any case, skills at a child's appropriate challenge level offer the greatest motivation and growing-power for any child.  Identical identifying numbers are used for both tests and games.  This makes it easy to quickly look up the specific games that would make the greatest difference to your child's success.  If used in a school setting, the teacher can pinpoint each student's needs and plan appropriate, supportive activities to ensure each child having a successful school year.

____ 1. Pre-reading interest and awareness  (Pre-school and K) 
 

 

____  1.01   Parent actions

 

____  1.02  Child activities and attitude

 
 

____ 2. Repeat sentences  (Ages 1 9)
 

  ____  2.01  Age 1 (1-3 words)

____  2.02  Age 2 (4-5 words)

____  2.03  Age 3 (6-8 words)

____  2.04  Age 4 (9-10 words)

____  2.05  Age 5 (11 words)

____  2.06  Age 6 (12 words)

____  2.07  Age 7 (13 words)

____  2.08  Age 8 (14 words)

____  2.09  Age 9 (15 words) 

 

 
 

____ 3. Sound discrimination and reproduction  (Pre-school Kindergarten)

(Can tell whether pairs of spoken words begin with the same or different sounds.)

 

____ 4. Sound sequencing  (Pre-school Kindergarten)
 

Can repeat a given sequence of sounds:

  ____  4.01  Age 2 (2 sounds)

____  4.02  Age 3 (3 sounds)

____  4.03  Age 4+ (4 sounds)

 

Can identify the location of particular sounds (beginning middle end).   

  ____  4.04  Age 5 (word or nonsense word with three sounds)   
 

____ 5. Identify words that rhyme  (Pre-school Kindergarten) 

 
____ 6. Visual-motor skills and letter copying  (Pre-school Kindergarten)
 
  ____  6.01  Quickly focus visually on targets at near and far distances 

____  6.02  Follow a line of print in left-to-right progression 

____  6.03  Copy the letters of the alphabet 

 
 

____ 7. Identify letters of the alphabet  (Pre-school Kindergarten) 
 

  ____  7.01  Capital letters (Upper case) 

____  7.02  Small letters (Lower case)  

 
 
____ 8. Write letters of the alphabet in order  (Kindergarten 1st Grade) 
 
  ____  8.01  Capital letters (Upper case) 

____  8.02  Small letters (Lower case)

 
 

____ 9. Letter sounds
 

  ____  9.01  Simple consonant sounds  (K 1)

(b c d f g h j k l m n p q r s t v w x y - z)
           

____  9.02  Short vowel sounds  (1)

(a e i o u)
 

____  9.03  Long vowel sounds  (1)

(a e i o u)
 

____  9.04  Consonant blends  (1 2)

(cl pl gl fl sl tr cr dr st br pr fr gr sc sw sp sm)
 

____  9.05  Consonant teams  (2)

(ch th sh wh)
 

____  9.06  Vowel teams  (2 3)

(aw ew ow oi oo)
 

____  9.07  R-controlled vowels  (2 3)

(ar or ur ir er)
 

____  9.08  Y can make a consonant or a vowel sound  (1 2) 

 
 
___ 10. Blend sounds into words  (1 3) 
 
  ____  10.01  Short vowel words  (1) 

____  10.02  Long vowel words  (1 2) 

____  10.03  Consonant blend words  (1 2) 

____  10.04  Consonant team words  (2) 

____  10.05  Vowel team words  (2 3) 

____  10.06  Words with r-controlled vowels  (2 3) 

____  10.07  Words with soft and hard c and g  (2 3) 

____  10.08  Words with popular letter patterns  (2 3) 

 
 

___ 11. Divide words into syllables  (3 4) 

 
___ 12. Compound words  (2 4)
 
___ 13. Contractions  (3 4)
 
___14. Identify words by contour  (2 and up)
 
___15. Letter sequence  (2 and up)
 
___16. Prefixes, suffixes, and root words  (1 8) 
 
 

____  16.01  Singular and plural forms (1 - 2)
 

____  16.02  prefixes: un in im dis mis re  (3)
 

____  16.03  prefixes: pre de en  (4) 

____  16.04  prefixes: a ab ad  (5) 


____  16.05  prefixes: con out in  (6) 


____  16.06  prefixes: sub pro  (7) 


____  16.07  suffixes: 

able ance ence ant en er ful hood ible tion

ion ly ment ness ory ary less ish ism  (4 8) 


____  16.08  Interest in and regular plan to learn root words and origins  (4 adult)
 

 
 
___17. Sight vocabulary and oral reading accuracy
 
  ____  17.01  Kindergarten level 

____  17.02  First grade Pre-Primer level 

____  17.03  First grade Primer level 

____  17.04  First grade Reader level 

____  17.05  Second grade level 

____  17.06  Third grade level 

____  17.07  Fourth grade level 

____  17.08  Fifth grade level 

____  17.09  Sixth grade level 

____  17.10  Seventh grade level 

____  17.11  Eighth grade level

 


Interesting and powerful word lists: 

 

____  17.12  First 250 most frequently used words

(Contains over 65% of the words in most 2nd & 3rd grade readers)
 

____  17.13  Second 250 most frequently used words.

(The two lists comprise majority of words used even in adult reading)

 

If Dolch cards are used, the following indicates the general grade level of getting a certain number right out of the 220:

  ____  17.14  Pre-Primer 20 75 

____  17.15  Primer 76 120 

____  17.16  First Reader 121 170 

____  17.17  Second Reader 171 210 

____  17.18  Third Reader & up 211 220 

 

 
___18. Word meaning 
 
  ____  18.01  Kindergarten level antonyms 

____  18.02  First grade level antonyms 

____  18.03  Second grade level 

____  18.04  Third grade level 

____  18.05  Fourth grade level 

____  18.06  Fifth grade level 

____  18.07  Sixth grade level 

____  18.08  Seventh grade level 

____  18.09  Eighth grade level

 

 
___19. Expressive oral reading  (any grade level)
 
  ____  19.01  Loudness and projection 

____  19.02  Clarity and pronunciation 

____  19.03  Fluency and expression 

____  19.04  Characterization 

____  19.05  Attitude

 

 
___20. Use of context clues and syntax. 

(After third grade, this becomes even more important than phonics in unlocking new words) 

 

___21. Main idea 
 

 

____  21.01  First grade Pre-Primer 


____  21.02  First grade Primer 


____  21.03  First grade Reader 


____  21.04  Second grade level 


____  21.05  Third grade level 

____  21.06  Fourth grade level 


____  21.07  Fifth grade level 


____  21.08  Sixth grade level 


____  21.09  Seventh grade level 


____  21.10  Eighth grade level
  

 

___22. Sequence, spatial awareness, and following directions 
 

  ____  22.01  First grade Pre-Primer 

____  22.02  First grade Primer 

____  22.03  First grade Reader 

____  22.04  Second grade level 

____  22.05  Third grade level 

____  22.06  Fourth grade level 

____  22.07  Fifth grade level 

____  22.08  Sixth grade level 

____  22.09  Seventh grade level 

____  22.10  Eighth grade level   

 

___23. Memory for details and the ability to locate answers 
 

  ____  23.01  First grade Pre-Primer 

____  23.02  First grade Primer 

____  23.03  First grade Reader 

____  23.04  Second grade level 

____  23.05  Third grade level 

____  23.06  Fourth grade level 

____  23.07  Fifth grade level 

____  23.08  Sixth grade level 

____  23.09  Seventh grade level 

____  23.10  Eighth grade level   

 
___24. Conclusions and thinking about what is read
 
  ____  24.01  First grade Pre-Primer 

____  24.02  First grade Primer 

____  24.03  First grade Reader 

____  24.04  Second grade level 

____  24.05  Third grade level 

____  24.06  Fourth grade level 

____  24.07  Fifth grade level 

____  24.08  Sixth grade level 

____  24.09  Seventh grade level 

____  24.10  Eighth grade level 

 
___25. Speed reading  (Grade level achievement for relatively light reading) 
 
  ____  25.01  Second grade  (100 140 words per minute) 

____  25.02  Third grade  (120 160 words per minute) 

____  25.03  Fourth grade  (140 180 words per minute) 

____  25.04  Fifth grade  (160 200 words per minute) 

____  25.05  Sixth grade  (180 220 words per minute) 

____  25.06  Seventh grade  (190 230 words per minute) 

____  25.07  Eighth grade  (200 240 words per minute)

 
 

26. Interest in reading 
 

  ____  26.01  Appears to enjoy reading 

____  27.02  Reads outside of school an average of at least 15 minutes each day 

____  27.03  Has a variety of reading interests 

____  27.04  Has a habit of sharing interesting things he or she has read