Reading Skills Printables

We Have Put Together Some of Our Favorite Basic Reading Skills Materials for You to Download  


Using Equine Assisted Learning to Help Struggling Readers

Basic Tools and Tips for Teaching Reading, compiled by Dr. Michele Pickel

  • Phonics Generalizations (Rules)

  • Syllabication Rules

  • Common Phonograms

  • Affixes

  • Vowel Digraph Words

  • Magic 'E' Words

Bridge to Reading

In effective reading instruction there are 5 key areas that must be taught: Phonemic Awareness, Decoding, Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension. We have outlined how these work together by creating a visual representation we call the Bridge to Reading.

Fry Words

The Fry Sight Words list captures the most common 1,000 words. Dr. Edward Fry developed this expanded list in the 1950s (and updated it in 1980), based on the most common words to appear in reading materials used in Grades 3-9. Learning all 1,000 words in the Fry list would equip a child to read about 90% of the words in a typical book, newspaper, or website.

The Fry words are listed by the frequency with which they occur and are often broken down into groups of 100. So the first 100 Fry words are the 100 most frequently occurring words in the English language.

Mighty Mini Must-Do

The "Mighty Mini Must-Do" list was compiled by Dr. Michele Pickel as a guide to teaching key reading skills she believes can have the greatest impact in the shortest time.

Session Diaries 

View in-depth photo diaries of our Summer Fun Reading Program and one of our Wild West Literacy Field Trips. We hope this gives you ideas and inspiration for your own program.

If you are interested in joining our next online workshop to earn a Horse Powered Reading Facilitator certificate, as well as credit hours towards EAGALA continuing ed hours and/or MN teacher relicensure, please see our Online HPR Training page.

Additional Resources


Included below are word lists and other resources that we use on our props (cones, balls, puzzle pieces, etc) during our HPR sessions. We hope these tools will be helpful for you.