Free Resources

Matariki – Free Reader’s Theatre Script

Learn about Matariki and build fluency in reading with a FREE Speak Out Reader’s Theatre (SORT) script. Reader’s Theatre is play readings (much like radio acting/story dramatisations), with the emphasis being on fluent reading, without acting, props or costumes.
Please feel free to make copies for use by students in your school.

All SORT scripts are multi-levelled for groups of mixed ability so the more able readers support and provide a good model to the less fluent. SORT scripts all have audio support and are available in four sets of six copies of six scripts, with average reading levels at Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Sets 3 and 5 titles (including Matariki) are also available in digital format, please see the links on the right for more information.

Reading Recovery Levels – (Suggested Comparisons)

In response to frequent requests for the Reading Recovery levels of our books, we have had the following Rainbow Reading series professionally levelled by Reading Recovery tutors:

  • Silver Series (5 – 5½ year reading level)
  • White Series (5½ – 6 year reading level)
  • Red series (6 – 7 year reading level)

Many teachers have found Rainbow Reading to be useful for maintaining and building the reading fluency of students both during and after using the Reading Recovery programmes. We do not recommend Rainbow Reading as a replacement for Reading Recovery.

Rainbow Reading is also an effective programme for students who do not have access to Reading Recovery, however students do need to have first attained some basic reading skills such as:
– Being able to recognise the English alphabet and know how each letter sounds.
– Being able to recognise the basic high-frequency words.
– Have a reasonable knowledge of concepts about print especially one-to-one match and directionality.

Teachers are reminded that the Rainbow Reading Programme is designed to complement rather than replace existing literacy programmes. It provides supported reading that consolidates skills learned elsewhere.

Reading Recovery Downloads:

Please see The Rainbow Wheel below for our list of silver, white and red titles with suggested Reading Recovery levels:

The Rainbow Wheel – Level Suggestions (PDF)

Please note:

These are suggestions only as many factors, some exclusive to the individual student such as interest and background knowledge, affect the readability of books. Teachers should use their knowledge of the students and the books to guide their recommendation of titles to different students.

Teacher’s Manual & Free Student Handbook

Since the writing of your Rainbow Reading Teacher’s Manual, CDs have superseded audio tapes and CDs themselves have been superseded by mp3 players, and now we have the Rainbow Reading pen!

As no one can predict what the future will bring and in the interest of saving you the cost of an updated manual, wherever tapes are mentioned in your manual, please replace with CD, mp3 player, reading pen or supersonic audio transducer, as appropriate.

Please be assured it is the audio “component” (in whatever format) providing the support and model to the student, that is critical to the progress that the students make.

Handbook Downloads:

For a FREE updated version of the Student’s Handbook please download the file below:

Download the Free Student’s Handbook (PDF)

Please feel free to make copies of the handbook for use by students in your school.

Seminar Notes

Download a copy of the 2012 Rainbow Reading Auckland seminar notes about Building Fluency in Reading using the Rainbow Reading Programme resources.