Fifth/Sixth Grade Kit

Lessons for Levels S–Z

Each Literacy Footprints lesson includes a short Word Study activity designed to help students learn to hear sounds in words and use them to problem-solve unknown words while reading and writing.

Fifth/Sixth Grade Kit Single Student
SKU: LFP-Fifth-Sixth-SS

Includes 1 copy of each book

Fifth/Sixth Grade Kit Single Student Includes:


Literacy Footprints is a Guided Reading system designed for classroom teachers, intervention, ELL, Special Education teachers, and support staff who are teaching children to read and write. Each of the kits (Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth/Sixth Grade, and the Intervention Partner) contains sequenced, high-quality leveled texts in a variety of genres. Students will encounter traditional tales, realistic fiction, fantasy, and informational text. The lesson cards that accompany the books follow Jan Richardson’s Next Step lesson format (Richardson, 2009 and 2016). Each lesson includes word study and phonics instruction based on The Next Step Forward in Word Study (Dufresne and Richardson 2019). Each kit also includes component materials designed by Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufresne to consistently support teachers throughout the lessons.

Click the Level below to see the list of titles in this kit.

Kit Titles Per Level

Number of titles



S - Z

10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11

Level S

The Inuit

The Sunbird

Hurricane Maria: Disaster in Puerto Rico

Oki and the Baby Seal

Hurricane Evacuation

Gator Trappers

The Truth about Pluto

The Driver

The Last Bicycle

Odysseus and the Cyclops

Level T

Perseus and Medusa

The Flying Test


Nelson Mandela

From Scratch

Welcome to the Circus

The Circus Is in Town

Vampire Spiders

Earthquakes: Rocking Our World

The Gold Locket

Level U

Emily's Mom

Nature's Perfect Partners

Cat People, Dog People, Gecko People

Mountain Climbing: Dangerous and Deadly

Theseus and the Minotaur


Benny's Pet (Anthologies U: Strange Creatures)

The Quest for the Giant Squid (Anthologies U: Strange Creatures)

Flesh Eaters (Anthologies U: Strange Creatures)

Rampaging Reptiles (Anthologies U: Strange Creatures)

Once They All Believed in Dragons (Anthologies U: Strange Creatures)

Level V

Good as Gold

Pirates: Robbers at Sea

The Ghost of Blackbeard

Spies of the American Revolution

Beneath the Ocean Waves

Salamander Crossing

A Ring for All (Anthologies V: Passion for Play)

Real Sports, Virtual Reality (Anthologies V: Passion for Play)

It's Not Just a Game (Anthologies V: Passion for Play)

Smooth Sailing (Anthologies V: Passion for Play)

The Arrow and the Song (Anthologies V: Passion for Play)

Level W

Understanding Dolphins

Plants That Poison

Bellerophon and Pegasus the Flying Horse

Futuristic Farming

Smart Houses

The Call to Fight: Slave Rebellions (Anthologies W: Journey to Freedom)

Abolitionists Join the Struggle (Anthologies W: Journey to Freedom)

The Louisiana Bayou: Part 1 (Anthologies W: Journey to Freedom)

The Louisiana Bayou: Part 2 (Anthologies W: Journey to Freedom)

Under Siege (Anthologies W: Journey to Freedom)

Bury Me in a Free Land (Anthologies W: Journey to Freedom)

Level X

Amazing Migrations

Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies


The Age of Castles

Japanese American Internment

Working on the Railroad (Anthologies X: How I Became an American)

The Mop Bucket Encore (Anthologies X: How I Became an American)

The Last Gobble (Anthologies X: How I Became an American)

Immigrants from around the World (Anthologies X: How I Became an American)

Gateway to America (Anthologies X: How I Became an American)

Hauntings (Anthologies X: How I Became an American)

Level Y

Riding Rockets

The Wooden Apple

Gemstones and Jewels

The Spider Beast

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Artificial Body Parts

Two Dollars (Anthologies Y: Helping Hands)

At Your Service! (Anthologies Y: Helping Hands)

The Measure of a Hero (Anthologies Y: Helping Hands)

Lending a Hairy Hand (Anthologies Y: Helping Hands)

The Bridge Builder (Anthologies Y: Helping Hands)

Level Z

Look, No Hands!


Two Violins

Holocaust Rescuers

The Iroquois Confederacy

Baboon for President: Long Live the Queen Bee (Anthologies Z: Voting Rights)

Driving for the Vote (Anthologies Z: Voting Rights)

Joining the Fight (Anthologies Z: Voting Rights)

One Vote (Anthologies Z: Voting Rights)

A Long, Hard March (Anthologies Z: Voting Rights)

Song for Equal Suffrage (Anthologies Z: Voting Rights)

Lesson Cards

  • Accompany each book.
  • Our lesson plans are designed to engage students in literacy learning while they read books and write stories. The activities instill confidence in students as they learn important early literacy behaviors, concepts of print, and letters and sounds.

Our Books

  • Pair clear, well-chosen fonts with wide spacing between words, thoughtful line breaks, and supportive photography and illustrations.
  • Award-winning nonfiction provides motivation for additional learning.

Our goal is simple.

We want all students
to become proficient readers
who just can’t wait to read
another book.