Garden Collection Assessment Materials and Resources

Pioneer Valley Books is pleased to offer valuable tools to help busy teachers make their teaching time more successful. A lesson plan accompanies each of the 156 books in the Garden Collection. Prompting guides for each level are provided with every kit. In addition, we provide the following resources, available for downloading.


Garden Collection Resources Icon Assessment Materials

Assessment is an important part of the Garden Collection. On this resources page, we offer the materials for two types of assessments: High Frequency Word Assessment and Running Records Assessment. Both assessments help you to place your students at the correct level to ensure reading success. Additionally, you can also use our Leveled Reading Assessment to level your student.

High Frequency Word Assessment

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Running Records
Assessment & Recording Forms

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Garden Collection Resources Icon Resources

  • Using Elkonin Sound Boxes: Teach phonemic awareness by having students listen for individual sounds and mark where they hear them in the boxes. Michele Dufresne produced two videos to demonstrate this method: Video 1  Video 2
  • Vocabulary Strategy cards: Review strategies for learning new words and create prompt cards for learning new vocabulary based on skills students already know.