Benchmark Phonics

Benchmark Phonics

Print + Digital  •  Grades K-5

Explicit, systematic, multi-modal instruction brings phonics to life.

Welcome to Benchmark Phonics, the new phonics program designed by Wiley Blevins, Ed.D., for Tier 1 and Tier 2 instruction—based on the latest Science of Reading research and the 7 Foundations of Strong Phonics Instruction!

Benchmark Phonics offers a structured literacy approach with an emphasis on application of learning to reading and writing—where the learning sticks—and unit topics designed for building vocabulary and content knowledge.

Benchmark Phonics provides:

  • 10 units of instruction — 15 lessons per unit for a total of 150 lessons per grade level

  • Daily lessons devoted to purposeful reading and writing

  • A shared scope and sequence and seamless integration with Benchmark Phonics Intervention (designed for Tier 3) and Benchmark Advance 
  • A robust review and repetition cycle that continually reviews previously learned skills and facilitates the learning of new skills
  • Built-In Differentiation for whole-group, small-group, and independent instruction
  • A powerful Teacher’s Resource System for each unit to support educators


  • A digital experience with an interactive student/teacher interface
  • Multi-modal manipulatives that provide a concrete foundation for student learning 
  • Language transfer and multilingual learner support

And much more!

Interactive resources and instruction for Benchmark Phonics are available at the digital learning portal, Benchmark Universe.

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Developed with
Wiley Blevins, Ed.D.

Your print and digital student package includes:

  • Decodable Readers (Grades K and 1) that enable students to apply both new and previously taught skills
  • My Reading and Writing consumable student books (Grades K and 1) covering 10 units and featuring decodable texts, practice activities, and assessments
  • My Word Study consumable student books (Grades 2-5) covering 10 units and featuring wordlists, decodable practice texts, and assessments​
  • Online Word Study Resources handbook (Grade 2-5) for additional wordlists, decodable practice texts, and differentiated levels of support​
Decodable Reader
My Reading and Writing Consumable Student Book
My Word Study Consumable Student Book

Your print and digital Teacher’s Resource System includes:

  • 10 three-week units with teacher-friendly lessons
  • Whole-group and small-group instruction
  • A sequential scope and sequence that includes spiral review to build transfer and mastery
  • Integrated English Language Development instruction
  • Weekly cumulative assessments to provide easy checks for student mastery and/or decayed learning
  • Contrastive analysis in multiple languages
Teacher's Resource System, Grade 1, Unit 1
Teacher's Resource System, Grade 1
Sample Grade 1, Unit 3 Cumulative Assessment

Benchmark Phonics provides powerful support to students through a variety of manipulatives, including:

  • Write-On/Wipe-Off Phonics Workmats for use as Elkonin boxes, whiteboards for spelling and dictation, and more
  • Sound-Spelling Cards, in both display and instructional use sizes, to help students recognize different spelling patterns used to represent a single sound
  • Sound Wall Cards that enable students to see correct mouth positions when making sounds
  • High-Frequency Word Cards to help students build automaticity with words found in multiple texts
  • Letter Cards that enable students to build words in pocket charts or Elkonin boxes
  • Frieze Cards that use words and pictures to support students’ understanding and application of different phonics skills (Grades K and 1)
  • Picture Word Cards that introduce key words for a new sound (Grades K and 1)
Write-On/Wipe-Off Workmats
Sound-Spelling Cards
Sound Wall Cards
Letter Cards
Picture Word Cards

Benchmark Phonics delivers a fully digital experience, with everything you need just one click away. Your digital access includes:

  • Decodable eBooks aligned to unit topics
  • Interactive Learning Games and Videos for additional exposure and practice
  • A pre-populated ePocketChart with fully customizable interactive tools and practice activities
  • Take-Home Activities providing additional practice opportunities and ways to engage with caregivers at home
  • Articulation Videos that show students the correct mouth positions as they hear letter-sounds
  • The digital version of the Assessment & Screener Handbook*, which helps evaluate students’ reading rates, document their progress, and identify those needing additional, more intensive support
  • Digital Shared Readings and Poetry Books for additional shared reading lessons and practice (Grades K and 1)
  • And more!

*Print version sold separately

Decodable eBooks
Assessment & Screener Handbook
Digital Shared Readings and Poetry Books
Articulation Videos
Take-Home Activities
ePocket Chart


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Virtual Samples

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Product Tour Webinar

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