Fifth/Sixth Grade Kit

Lessons for Levels S–Z

The Literacy Footprints Fifth/Sixth Grade Kit provides teachers with 80 different titles (6 copies of each) designed to support small-group literacy instruction. Authentic, original leveled text, lesson plans, and materials are designed to foster and expand students’ literacy processing skills. The Literacy Footprints Guided Reading System was developed by Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufresne and is a powerful part of a comprehensive literacy solution for today’s culturally diverse classrooms.

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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 guided reading kits 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 guided reading 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 10 10 10 10 10 10

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Lesson Cards

  • Accompany each book.
  • Our lesson plans are designed to support teachers in providing dynamic small-group instruction that engages students in reading, writing, and word study/phonics. Each component of the lesson supports students in developing strong reading, writing, and decoding skills, while building vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.

Our Books

  • High-quality award-winning fiction and nonfiction books in a variety of genres
  • Rigorously sequenced and leveled to provide gradually increasing text complexity that builds reading proficiency
  • Supportive photography and illustrations
  • Characters and topics that reflect the diversity of our world

High-quality and increasingly
challenging text.

Comprehension takes center stage
as students read from highly engaging
fiction and informational text.