Fourth Grade Kit

Lessons for ​Levels ​O​–​T

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.


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



O - T

10 10 10 10 10 10

Level O


Boogers at Work

Brave Dog

Learning From the Masters (Anthologies O: Home Sweet Home)

Made of Mud (Anthologies O: Home Sweet Home)

Making a Place for Bikes

Monkey Trouble


Native American Homes Long Ago (Anthologies O: Home Sweet Home)


Level P

Benjamin Franklin

Bitter Chocolate (Anthologies P: Making Life Sweeter)

Bug Bites

From Wild to Mild

Mighty Brave Girls

Milton Hershey: Founder of the Hershey Company (Anthologies P: Making Life Sweeter)

Quynh and the Golden Gate

School of Freedom

The Sweet Surprise of Spring (Anthologies P: Making Life Sweeter)

Two Thirty Crossing

Level Q

Beetle Blisters (Anthologies Q: What Made Me Sick?)

Betsy and Sal

Can We Be Too Clean? (Anthologies Q: What Made Me Sick?)

Fairy-Tale Science

Frog Tank Fever (Anthologies Q: What Made Me Sick?)

From Wolf to Woof

Gone Forever

Say What, Horse?

Spring Fever

The Fire on the Mountain

Level R

An Important Partnership with Coral Reefs (Anthologies R: A Warmer World)

Cool Roofs (Anthologies R: A Warmer World)

Count Your Blessings

Dances with Animals

Harnessing the Sun (Anthologies R: A Warmer World)

Hunger Around the World

Say Cheese!

The Shrimp and the Four Secrets

What's That Noise?

Working Days

Level S

Cars Get Smart

Christa McAuliffe, Teacher Astronaut (Anthologies S: Up In Space)

Don't Fly Me to the Moon (Anthologies S: Up In Space)

Living on the International Space Station (Anthologies S: Up In Space)

Moving to Mars


Vanishing Coasts

Who Turned on the Faucet?

Who's Hiding in the Spy Museum?

Yao and the Egg Pirates

Level T

Back Door Sugar (Anthologies T: It's Our Right)

Birmingham Children's Crusade (Anthologies T: It's Our Right)

Civil Rights

Hot Lunch

Ida Takes a Stand (Anthologies T: It's Our Right)

Life Is Electric

Noah Count and the Arkansas Ark

Rivers: The Source of Life

Robot Roaches

Three Aunties

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.

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