Intervention Programs

Read Naturally® GATE

Teacher Display Book and Reproducible Masters

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  • Fluency
  • Phonics

Additional Support:
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Phonemic

Skill Level: Grade 1
Intervention Range: Grade 1‒3

Teach phonics and other foundational reading skills to small groups of beginning readers with Read Naturally GATE's explicit reading instruction. This motivating intervention combines the research-based Read Naturally Strategy with interactive phonemic awareness and phonics-tutoring exercises. Students master high-frequency words as they improve their fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

GATE provides...

  • A systematic, beginning reading program perfect for RTI or MTSS implementations.
  • Instruction in all five components of reading in every lesson.
  • Ready-made, carefully designed lessons for small groups.
  • Scripted lessons, including phonics-tutoring lessons, easily taught by a teacher or teacher assistant.
  • Graphs for recording individual progress.
  • Nonfiction text as required by state standards.


  • Develop phonemic awareness by segmenting and blending sounds in words.
  • Strengthen proficiency with letter sounds.
  • Learn to decode and then spell short, phonetically regular words.
  • Learn to read high-frequency words with automaticity.
  • Analyze and read words with inflected endings.
  • Build fluency using word lists and leveled, nonfiction stories.
  • Develop comprehension by writing a prediction, a sentence about the story, and answers to questions.

Read Naturally GATE accelerates reading achievement by combining the research-proven strategies of teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring to teach phonics, develop fluency, and provide support for phonemic awareness, comprehension, and vocabulary.  Teachers present scripted phonics tutoring lessons and lessons for other foundational skills. Students respond as they interact with letters, key words, and stories in the teacher's guide/display book. As the group works through the steps, the students master letter sounds, decodable words, high-frequency words, and a nonfiction story. Students track progress on their graphs.GATE is phonics tutoring and beginning reading program that teaches foundational skills to small groups of early readers using teacher-led, explicit instruction

pointer Research basis for the Read Naturally Strategy

Read Naturally GATE Steps
  1. Listen for Sounds in Words 
    The teacher provides the sound of a featured letter or letter combination, and the students decide if various words contain that sound. This listening activity promotes phonemic awareness, in particular the ability to recognize the featured sounds in each word.
  2. Blend Sounds Into Words
    The teacher blends letter sounds together slowly, and the students determine what word the teacher has made. This listening activity improves phonemic awareness, in particular the ability to recognize words made by sounds or word parts blended together.
  3. Practice Letter Sounds (Practice Letter Sounds With Teacher Support and Practice Letter Sounds Without Teacher Support)
    Students practice the letter sounds with and then without teacher support. These activities promote the mastery of the sounds of the featured letters.
  4. Decode Sound-Out Words With Teacher Support
    The teacher and the students slowly blend the letter sounds into words. This teaches the decoding of phonetically regular words (sound-out words) containing the featured sounds. Many of these words are also high-frequency words.
  5. Read the Spell-Out Word(s) With Teacher Support
    The teacher guides the students through the process of reading the word, spelling the word, and reading the word again until the students can do these steps independently. This teaches a strategy for learning phonetically irregular high-frequency words (spell-out words).
  6. Read the Lesson Words Without Teacher Support
    The students read each lesson word as the teacher points to the word. This promotes mastery of decoding sound-out words containing featured sounds and mastery of reading the spell-out words taught in the lesson. 
  7. Make a Prediction
    The group writes a prediction sentence together. This pre-reading activity prepares the students’ minds for reading the story.
  8. Cold Timing (Cold Timing for One Minute and Mark the Cold-Timing Score on the Graph)
    The teacher times the class for one minute as each student reads the story independently and determines his or her words correct per minute. Each student graphs his or her cold-timing score in blue. This step establishes a baseline for progress monitoring, the component of the Read Naturally Strategy that motivates the student to improve.
  9. Read Along With the Teacher
    The students read along quietly with the teacher, stopping to decode three to five unfamiliar words containing the featured sound. This step is the teacher-modeling component of the Read Naturally Strategy, which helps the students learn new words and master others as well as learn proper pronunciation, expression, and phrasing.
  10. Practice and Pass the Story (Practice and Pass the Story and Mark the Final Score on the Graph)
    The teacher times the students for one minute multiple times while each student reads the story independently. During the pass-timing portion, the teacher typically listens to each student read individually. This step is the repeated-reading component of the Read Naturally Strategy, which helps students improve fluency, master difficult words, and understand the story. Each student graphs his or her pass-timing score in red above the cold-timing score (in blue) to show how much the student's fluency has improved.
  11. Answer the Questions
    Students answer questions about the story. Responding to the text holds the student accountable for meaning, develops the ability to answer many types of questions, and provides teachers with information about how well the student comprehends the story.
  12. Write a Sentence About the Story (optional)
    Students write about something they remember from the story, which improves comprehension.
  13. Read Words Down and Across (Read Words Down, Read Words Across, and Read Words Down and Across)
    With teacher guidance, students practice reading down the columns of words and then reading across the rows of words. This step highlights the patterns in words, teaches common word families and high-frequency words, and teaches the decoding of words with the featured phonics patterns.
  14. Spelling
    Students write spell-out words and sound-out words from the story. This step develops phonemic awareness, gives students practice writing short words with the featured phonics patterns as well as irregular high-frequency words, and improves spelling skills.

Read Naturally GATE levels are:

  • Level 0.8 (short vowels and high frequency words).
  • Level 1.3 (long vowels and high frequency words).
  • Level 1.8 (consonant blends, digraphs, suffixes, and high frequency words).

pointer Scope and sequence of skills/featured sounds by lesson

Read Naturally GATE is sold by level. The teacher selects the appropriate level for the students. 

Each level includes a book of reproducible masters and a double-purposed teacher’s guide/display book. 


Reproducible masters to make 24 student booklets, each with a high-interest, leveled, nonfiction story. Each booklet includes:
  • Line-by-line word counts.
  • Key words with the featured sound(s).
  • Comprehension activities: predicting, answering questions, and retelling.
  • List of words with the featured sound(s).
  • Spelling activities.
Additional reproducible resources include:
  • Student record sheets.
  • Crossword puzzles booklets.
  • Periodic assessments of high-frequency words.
  • Parent letter.
  • Answer keys.
  • Achievement award.


Teacher information includes:
  • Color-coded script for each of the 24 lessons.
  • Easy-to-follow directions.
  • Program information.
Visual displays for students include:
  • Letters.
  • Sound-out words.
  • Spell-out words.
  • Stories.
  • Word Lists.

pointer Read Naturally GATE Features and Benefits


Download samples of the student booklets and teacher guide pages for each GATE level:

Read Naturally GATE teaches high-frequency words and includes educational wait-time activities for easier class management.

Description Item Number Item Price, $ Quantity
Read Naturally GATE Level 0.8 (Short Vowels/High Frequency Words) GATE08 $159.00
Read Naturally GATE Level 1.3 (Long Vowels/High Frequency Words) GATE13 $159.00
Read Naturally GATE Level 1.8 (Blends & Digraphs/Suffixes/High-Frequency Words) GATE18 $159.00

Choosing a Read Naturally GATE level

Choose this level... for students who... and who need to develop these decoding skills
0.8 know the letters of the alphabet, have some knowledge of the letter sounds, and are able to recognize at least 15 to 20 written words short-vowel sounds
1.3 read at an early to mid first-grade level long-vowel sounds
1.8 read at a mid to late first-grade level words with blends, digraphs, and inflected endings

pointer Scope and sequence of skills/featured sounds by lesson

Note: If you need replacement Student Story Books for GATE for Phonics, the legacy version of GATE, contact Read Naturally for more information.

Customer Reviews

Jan 26, 2020


I am a Reading Recovery teacher by training. I also have a Masters degree in Reading. I tutor a variety of older children too, with many different reading challenges. I’ve witnessed amazing results using Read Naturally with these students. I LOVE that it includes all of the necessary components to a quality reading supplement, namely: keys words, writing a prediction, cold timing, multiple read-alongs with the computer, comprehension questions, and a retelling. Their improvement is fast, significant and appealing to them to track their progress. They love the iPad use too.Thank you for providing this remarkable program that has benefited so many.
Your customer service and technology departments have been so helpful, namely Joel and Michele have helped me countless times setting up my initial caseload. I have talked to countless teachers about how fabulous this program is and I hope that the word spreads!


Sep 20, 2019


The students I worked with in a pull-out session showed improvement quickly. The language arts teacher recently said, "I have never used the program, but I know that it works because they all showed marked improvement! Please keep doing what you're doing!"


Apr 18, 2017


I am using the directed instruction with my below-level second graders. I have seen more than a years growth using this system. We moved through the first level and the students really enjoy the format and the consistency that the patterned method of teaching that Gate provides. We are now using the 1.3 and seeing great results. I see the lessons transfer into their daily classwork. It has been a great addition to my interventions this year.


Feb 8, 2017


I have used Read Naturally, one minute Readers and this year added GATE! This well rounded program has been effective in my Intervention Classes. I have used it with grades 1-3. However, if I need extra decoding practice for some of my 4th graders I pull a story. The nature of the topics of readings initiates conversations and questions that have lead us to search for more information online or in other sources. The program encompasses all important areas of literacy to include, HFW, phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency practice, comprehension and spelling works well in delivery for 30 minute groups. Also best customer service I have had! In less than 20 minutes I received needed material via email! That's service a busy teacher needs to depend on!


Nov 14, 2014


I served as a literacy coach for 2 years and am in my third year as a reading interventionist K-5. I have used multiple interventions but the products from Read Naturally have been my favorites for getting real academic results. My favorite part of my day is doing small group instruction using GATE phonics with my 1-2 grade classes. They receive high quality instruction that hits every element necessary for reading. I also use Read Naturally and just ordered funemics for my kindergarten children. I look forward to starting it after Thanksgiving. If you are looking for easy to use materials that get positive results with complex nonfiction texts then look no further!

Lisa Drake Nov 18, 2014

Tell me about other interventions you have used in the past as comparable to GATE. Thanks!

May 2, 2014

I have used Read Naturally Gate, ME, and Word Warm ups with small groups during T2-3 intervention and guided groups for the past nine years. I am a huge fan of these research-based resources and have witnessed increased fluency and phonics automaticity in students. I highly recommend these products!
Lisa Drake Nov 18, 2014

Thanks for your viewpoint, Patricia. Can you tell me what it means in your district to be an 'Instructional Coach'?

Apr 16, 2014

I love that the newest version of GATE incorporates instruction in High Frequency words into the lessons! High Frequency word recognition is a goal for all of our primary students, and having the instruction and review built into this wonderful program is so awesome! Thanks for making a great product even better!

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