Decodable Stories w/ Reading Comprehension Questions: Orton Gillingham Level 1


32 engaging decodable passages, 8-page printable-version books with pictures, and reading comprehension questions included!  Skills include (but are not limited to) short vowels, digraphs, common vowel teams, and more.  Print-and-go with these decodable passages!


Decodable Stories for Short Vowels

  1. ALL STORIES include READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS Choose the one-page format or book form:
    • 32 colorful and engaging decodable books for emergent and early readers. Each 8-page book builds upon the previous book to include all skills in Level 1 of the Orton Gillingham approach. **See all skills included below.
    • 32 corresponding one-page versions of the printable, decodable books described above. You print out a copy of these to have for all of your students to read if you don’t want to use the book format.
    • Teachers can use the one-page versions to track errors, to use as paired readings, or to have options for your students!

Science of Reading: Combining language and decoding for reading comprehension!

Each of the 32 stories includes reading comprehension questions to keep your students engaged and on track with comprehension. These include Common Core standards like illustrating, details, characters, setting, inference, and more!

There is little to NO PREPNO CUTTING REQUIRED! Just print the books double-sided (my printer says “Print on both sides, Flip sheets on short edge), fold, and your student is ready to read. You can print the decodable books in color or black and white. If you want to ensure the pages stay together, you can staple the center.

The stories cover the follow skills in order:

Closed syllable:

Short a

Short e

Short i

Short o

Short u

VCCV syllable division rule

FSZL rule





Initial blends



Final blends











VCV syllable division rule

Open Syllable

y /i/

y /e/

Soft c

Soft g


s /z/


**For more decodable passages, check out my Level 2 stories and Level 3 stories.

**For detailed and systematic word lists to support you lessons, check out my Word Lists: Real and Nonsense.

**To assess your students’ phonics and phonological awareness, skills, check out my Structured Literacy Comprehensive Assessment. 

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