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Introducing six new Readiness Readers.

2005 Summer Newsletter
by Dr. Cindy Cupp

Dear Educators and Parents,

As the school year ends and students are excited about summer fun, please don't forget to allow time for them to practice reading.  Ten minutes a day of reading practice will make a tremendous difference in a child's reading ability!! 

We are pleased to present the Georgia Performance Standard's Correlations to our material!  Click here and copy for your records.   

Section One in this newsletter features Morgan Denney from Cleveland, Tennessee.  Morgan is a Jack and Jilly fan! 

In Section Two we have expanded the games an ideas for Okapilco Elementary School in Moultrie, Georgia.  A big thanks to the teachers at Okapilco for sharing their ideas! 
Wishing you a wonderful summer!!!

Cindy Cupp
Currently, President, Cupp Publishers, Inc.
Retired, Director of Curriculum and Reading, Georgia Department of Education
Always, A Reading Teacher


Summary of Sections 

Section one - Independent Reader: Morgan Denney from Cleveland, Tennessee.

Section two - Game ideas from Okapilco Elementary School in Moultrie, Georgia

Section three – Teaching tips for the advanced students – Cindy Cupp

Section four – Focus School – Okapilco Elementary School

Section five – Easter Egg Hunt at Pleasant Grove Elementary – Carol Ann Blaich

Section six – Email and analogy from Reading First, Ellijay Primary, Cynthia Vautrot 

Section seven - Six new Readiness Readers


Section One - Feature Student: Morgan Denney from Cleveland, Tennessee.

Morgan Denney is now an independent reader!

I would like to thank you for developing such a wonderful reading program.

My son Morgan Denney, turned six in October of 2004, and was starting to recognize words at the beginning of the 2004-05 school year. When his teachers, Mrs Woody and Ms. Cook told me they were going to begin a pilot program for your lessons this year with the hopes to teach all kindergartners to read, I was worried. I was afraid it would be too much too soon. However, within two weeks he came home singing the alpha-motion song. I watched during the school year with each workbook how he was developing and retaining the information from week to week and I was amazed. During my end of year parent teacher conference I was informed he only needed to read and test on 3 more books to become an AR independent reader. Morgan was worried he would not have time since school was almost over but we assured him he could do it but if he didn't that was OK too. Well, he came home yesterday an official independent reader!!!

The program you developed is fun and entertaining and he understands more now than I did at that age. Just the other day he was telling his step father about "strong vowels" and that was something we were never taught in school.

So again, I thank you and look forward to see what you will come up with by the time his brother Seth Hicks starts school in 2008.

Best Wishes and keep up the good work.


Your Fan,

Stacey Hicks
Cleveland, Tennessee


Section two - Game Ideas from Okapilco Elementary School in Moultrie, Georgia 

Hop on Words

by Sandra Evans

This is a game that can be used to help students with blending and sounding out words using onset and rime.

To help students become familiar with word families.

Materials:  Game board made from cardboard with pictures of frogs sitting on a lily pad or any type of animal that you would like to use.  Game pieces can be any type of plastic insect that could be “eaten” by the frog. 

Players:  3-6 players can be accommodated.  

How to Play:  If the student can blend 5 words using onset and rime in a specific word family they can move their insect from lily pad to lily pad.  As the student progresses with word families you can add to the number of words required to move from lily pad to lily pad.  Whoever reaches the finish lily pad first is the winner.  (All of the students love just making it to the finish line regardless of who finishes first.)

As a special treat when a word family is achieved, students are given gummy treats like worms to eat.


Cookies Anyone?
by Rita Wills

This game is a new face for our old favorite, the Race Car Game.

Objective:  To introduce new phonics skills and to assess these skills.


The game board is simple to construct.  Cut a poster board in half.  Draw a vertical line down the center of the board.  Place ten sticker dots vertically down each side of the board. 

You can use any materials you have readily available.  I used plastic cookies and plates.  On St. Patrick’s Day, we used gold coins and a pot.  I think changing up the game pieces will keep the game exciting and fun.


Divide your reading group into two teams.

How to Play:

1.    Students take turns sounding out words.  Each team has a team leader who is in charge of moving the game piece.  If the student sounds out the word correctly, the game piece is moved one dot.

2.    If the student is unable to sound out the word the teacher will help, but the game piece is not moved.

3.    If anyone breaks a rule, the game piece is moved back one dot.

4.    The first team to get their cookie on the plate is the winning team.


Letter Leap
by Sheryl Gehle

This is a game to be used at the first of the kindergarten year for all students or later in the year for struggling students. 

Objective:  To give students additional practice in letter and/or letter sound recognition.

Materials:  Game board, markers and die (I found oversize dice at the Dollar Tree which are great for little hands.) 

Players:  2-3 students. 

How to Play: 

1.    The student with the name that comes last alphabetically goes first.

2.    First player rolls the die and moves his/her marker the number of spaces shown.  If he/she cannot name the letter, the letter marker is moved back to the starting point.

3.    The next person has a turn.

4.    The goal is to roll the die and be able to name the letter at that number of spaces.  If the letter is unknown or misnamed, the marker is placed back at the previous marked space.  The first one across the finish line wins.


As a variation, letter sounds may be substituted for letter names.


by Margie Snow

The teacher will have index cards made up with sight words from the Jack and Jilly lesson.  The students will be divided into two groups, (A-team and B-team).  A player from each team will start the game.  The teacher will lay one card down at a time on the table and the student must hit the table and say the word correctly in a matter of seconds.  If that student cannot say the correct word, the opponent has a free try.  Each student keeps the cards that he/she says correctly.  At the end of the game the cards are counted.  The team with the most points is rewarded.  (This game is a little like Slap Jack)


Catch on to Reading
by Mandy Walker

This is a game that can be used all year long to increase fluency in reading.

Objective:  To help students gain fluency in reading.

Materials:  Fish bowl, marker, and foam shaped fish (these can be found on the scrapbook isle at Wal-Mart) 

Players:  3-6 

How to Play:  If the student reads his/her Jack and Jilly story with accuracy and fluency they will be able to put their name onto a foam fish and drop it into the fish bowl.  At the end of the day, the teacher will draw a name out of the fish bowl and that student will receive a prize from the prize box.  (Small treats that have been placed in our Treasure Tub)


Gone Fishing
by Myrna Bennett

Materials:  Onset and rime words or sight words, chips, and fish board.  (Fish board is a piece of poster board with different kinds of fish pictures on it.

How to Play:

Place onset and rime word cards down on the table bottom side up, student draws from the top of the deck, and then pronounces the word on the card.  If the student gets the word right, they will add a chip to a fish that is on the board.  If they miss pronounce the word they do not get a chip.  At the end of the game, students add up how many chips they have on their fish.


Ice the Competition
by Heather Edwards

Objective:  This game will help students with recognizing sight words or phonics skills.

Materials:  Ice cube tray and anything small enough to put in the tray.  It is up to the teacher.  I used some Easter candy. 

How many players:  6-8 players

How to play:

1.   Divide the group into 2 teams.

2.   Explain to the students that one side of the tray is team one’s side and the other side is team two’s side.

3.   Hold up sight word cards or phonics card and if they get it right, drop an item in their side of the tray.  If they do not get it right, skip that square.

4.   Continue on until one side of the tray is full, that team wins.

Modifications:  The tray can be used with sight words, phonics, or even math facts.  It can also be adjusted by changing the item that is dropped in the tray.


Section three
– Teaching tips for the advanced students – Cindy Cupp

I assumed that when students in first grade finished our Reader 60, they would move into second grade novels.  I am WRONG!!!  Two weeks ago, I worked with a group of first graders at Okapilco Elementary School in Moultrie, Georgia who had finished Reader 60.  After listening to them read, I realized these children were far above a second grade novel.  We pulled novels on a third, fourth and fifth grade level.  

When your students complete Reader 30 in kindergarten and Reader 60 in first grade, be sure and complete a reading assessment on all students before placing them in other books.  If your students take the STAR test, I would count this STAR score as their independent level.  These first grade students I worked with at Okapilco had STAR scores on a high second and low third grade level.  When you know their reading level on a test like the STAR, add one year to their independent level and you will know their instructional level.  Example:  John scored 3.3 on the STAR.  Select a novel on at least a 4.3 level.  I believe that students should miss at least one word in every three sentences when they are working on their instructional level with the teacher.



Section four
Focus School –
Okipilco Elementary School, Moultrie, Georgia

Bunny Blends

Materials: game board, bunny game pieces, and treats 

Object of the Game: Students recall words that have blends learned from Jack and Jilly Readers 44 & 45

Directions: The students will divide into 2 teams. Each team will have one person to move their rabbit. The teams will take turns going first ( I let my team captains pick a number between 1 and 10 to see which team goes first) . Each time a student moves their bunny to an egg, they must think of a word with the blend that is on the egg.  If they are correct, they will get to move to the next egg (I ask the student to use their word in a sentence as a variation). If the student can’t think of a word with the blend in it, they lose a turn and remain on that egg. When it is that teams turn again, the next person will say a word with that same blend. A team cannot move to the next egg until a word has been made with each blend. The teams will continue taking turns until a team gets to the end of the trail.  The winning team gets a chocolate egg!

Created By: Noel Giles
Okapilco Elementary

Gone Fishing

This game is called "Gone Fishing". I bought all of the materials from the Dollar Tree. It's really simple...but the kids LOVED it! I made word cards on the computer and attached the words with paper clips to paper fish. The students take turns "fishing" in the bucket with a magnetic fishing pole. The student must sound out the word to keep the fish. If he/she is unable to sound the word out, he/she returns the fish to the bucket. I also put "MUD FISH" in the bucket. If a student catches a "MUD FISH" he/she has to return all of fish back to the bucket. The student with the most fish is the winner.

The word cards were created from Deck 23 in the Toolbox. It would be very simple to change the words as the students master them.

This game is lots of fun. The students did not want to stop playing!




Created By: Crystal Bell
Special Education Teacher
Okapilco Elementary





Leap Frog Game

Materials: game board, frog game pieces, and treat

Object of the game:
To motivate students to stay on task and do their best.

Divide students into 2 teams. The game can be used for any section of the Jack & Jilly Reader. The teacher moves the frog every time the students read, and when they are on task as others are reading.  It can also be used during phonics when the students read words correctly and stay on task. 

This game has definitely motivated my students!


Created By: Michelle Wilkes
First Grade
Okapilco Elementary School





M&M Racing

Materials:  game board, M&M figure game pieces, Cupp Multi-syllable words, dice, and M&M candy. 

Object of the Game:  Students will recognize where to break words into syllables to be able to read the words. 

Directions: Divide students into 2 teams with a team captain for each team.  The captains will be in charge of moving the game pieces around the board.  Students will roll dice to see who goes first.  Each student will read a multi-syllable word.  If he/she can read it the first time without turning the card over to see it broken apart, then the captain can move 1 space and the student can have 1 M&M candy.  If that same student has to turn the card over to read the word, then the captain cannot move 1 space, but that student may still have 1 M&M candy.  The first team to get to the finish line wins and gets a bag of M&M candy or some other trophy. 

This game is very useful with other reading concepts that students need to learn and practice.  


Created By: Nada Cox
Okapilco Elementary School
First Grade
M&M is a registered trademark.






Batter Up

Directions: Students divide in two teams. (Red team & Blue team) Each team has a leader. The team leader bats for all team members. 

Teacher selects a word card from 1st base pocket and shows to the first student at bat for Red team. The student will take a swing by sounding the word out.  If he/she sounds the word correctly, the team leader moves player to 1st base and stays there. If student can’t say the word or needs help, it is an automatic out and student can’t advance to 1st base. Then a student from the Blue team will step up to bat at the next word. If student sounds the correct word, he/she will advance to 1st base.  The game continues with each team taking turns at bat. Each word said correctly, the players advance to next base. The first team to make it across the plate first will win a free trip to the concession stand (will get a treat).




Created By: Martha Hobbs
Okapilco Elementary







Mouthwatering Words

Dish up refreshing onset and rime practice! 

 Label disposable bowls with rimes from the phonics section of the Jack and Jilly Readers.  Use ping pong balls (ice cream) for the onsets.  Place the ping pong balls in a clean empty ice cream carton.  The students will use an ice cream scoop to get the ping pong balls out of the carton. He or she will  place the scoop of ice cream (ping pong ball) in a bowl labeled with a rime that forms a word with the onset.  He or she will then read the word out loud to the group.  He or she can also make a complete sentence with the word.   How tempting! 

The students enjoyed playing this game.  They loved their pretend ice cream and got to practice making words!


Carol Ann Horne
First Grade
Okapilco Elementary School



Section five
– Easter Egg Hunt at Pleasant Grove Elementary

Jack and Jilly’s Easter Egg Hunt

Materials: 12 Plastic eggs filled with candy with sight words written on them and, sight  word list per child, marker per child. 

Directions: Each child will hunt 12 eggs or whatever amount you determine.  Each child’s eggs will have the sight words that he/she is working on. Child will be given a list of words to look for. The child may only pick up the eggs that are on his/her list. When the child has picked up the word on list, he/she checks it off and goes to another word on list. When all 12 eggs are checked off, then the child has helped Jack and Jilly fill the Easter basket and will get a special prize. Each child should have 12 different words in his/her basket.

Other options for game:
Build a word, Number recognition,etc.


Help Jack and Jilly Fill the Easter Basket

q       Go
q       Come
q       Jack


Created by: Carol Ann Blaich
Pleasant Grove Elementary

 Section six
– Email and analogy from  Reading First, Ellijay Primary, Cynthia Vautrot

Reprinted with permission from Cynthia Vautrot

Dr. Cupp,

I would like to thank you for writing such a wonderful program as the Jack and Jilly series. As you know, this is Gilmers' first year using your readers. I really enjoy checking out your web site for additional ideas to use from other teachers. We received the program so close to the beginning of school (pre-planning) that I don't feel that I adequately prepared. Saying that, I am AMAZED at the level that all of my students can read. If they can make this much progress by just "jumping into it," just imagine what next year will bring!  

I have taught kindergarten 15 years and was seriously thinking about moving up to 2nd grade. Using your program has re-engerized me and I have decided it is not yet my time to move on. I can't wait to really sink my teeth into it this summer and do even more next year! 

My class has achieved 100% literacy this year. A feat that has never happened before no matter what all I tried. I have always had at least 1 child struggling that just couldn't seem to "get it." Iwould like to share more with you.... 

I have 5 Hispanic children in my classroom. Two started the year with little or no English speaking skills. The other 3 were still very limited. All 5 of these children are now reading successfully and reading fluently! Three of these students make up my lowest group which is still in reader 13 with 7 weeks of school left! They are catching Hop-n-Pop easily with no or few missed words, reading

fluently, and able to answer the comprehension questions. They are so excited about reading and love showing off by reading to every visitor that comes in my room. 

I have 2 other groups of students in my classroom. The middle group is in reader 18 and includes the other 2 Hispanic children. This group is also doing great and love reading!

My top group just completed reader 23. Yesterday, we used some Rigby Reader Theater books (level J) of the Gingerbread Man, to go along with the story in the reader. The students were able to read

the parts with VERY little help from me. They were able to read words that we have not had yet and were SO excited. 

I hope I haven't bored you with my long e-mail. I am just sooooo excited about your program and what my students can do this year. I have bragged to everyone about how well my students have done with your program and thought it only fair that I share their success with you. Our school has not implemented the Pay day part of your program due to being overwhelmed with all of our changes with our Reading First program. I think, if we had done so, we would probably have close to, or even, 100% literacy at Ellijay Primary during our first year!

Thank you so much! Keep up the GREAT work and the Wonderful ideas! 

Cynthia Vautrot,
Ellijay Primary School Kindergarten, Ellijay, GA


Analogy from Cynthia Vautrot

If I took a cooking course and the first week the instructor showed us flour (plain, self-rising, etc.) and told us the things we could do with flour and maybe even let us feel it. The next week, we were introduced to eggs and told everything about eggs, but yet we still didn't add it with the flour. This would continue for many weeks until we had learned everything that would be mixed together before we actually learned to bake a cake. Many people would have lost interest by this time and quit coming to class. Only those who really wanted or needed to learn to bake a cake would still be attending. I'm sure there would only be a couple. 

I feel that this is how I, as a kindergarten teacher, have wasted the students time (and mine) over the last several years by teaching only a letter of the week and being half-way through the school year before the students started putting all of the "ingredients" together. 

Thank you for starting off with reading. By the end of the first day and week of school, all of my students knew many letters of the alphabet, their sounds, and 4 words. That started the year off with so much excitement and it hasn't slowed down yet!


Section seven:
Introducing Readiness Readers...

Cupp Publishers, Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of six new Readiness Readers.  These Readiness Readers are designed for at risk kindergarten students.  This at risk group would include Special Education and ESOL students.  Readiness Readers are designed for those students needing additional time in readiness skills before beginning Dr. Cupp Reader 1. 

Introductory price for the six Readiness Readers is $7 per student.  The $7 set includes one copy of each Readiness Reader 1-6.

Purchase ordering information for the Readiness Readers:

Item number:  RR
Description:  Readiness Readers 1-6
Cost:  $7 per set of six Readiness Readers

Readiness Readers will be available for shipment on June 1, 2005.


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