ELSB Blended Curriculum

A literacy curriculum targeting all National Reading Panel components with print, software, and iPad app

Product Features:
  • Reflects five years of research from the UNCC
  • Offers eight levels, each with five scripted lessons that use the least intrusive prompt strategy
  • Used in conjunction with the Building with Stories framework to make lessons more age-appropriate
  • Provides a multiyear curriculum for students who use a variety of methods to communicate

Product Item No. Price Qty
ELSB - Early Literacy Skills Builder EL-S10W
$625.78 $695.00
$90.04 $100.00
ELSB Software EL-SF07W
$179.18 $199.00

Total $994.00


ELSB Blended Curriculum EL-SB20W

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  • Differentiated Instruction
    Differentiated Instruction

    This product integrates individualized student objectives to encourage active participation and access to learning.

  • Data Capture
    Data Capture

    This product includes ongoing assessments and progress monitoring tools to capture data and document student achievement.

  • Research Based
    Research Based

    This product uses highly effective instructional strategies supported by research to promote student learning and progress.

  • Standards Alignment
    Standards Alignment

    This product aligns to both state and Common Core standards.



ELSB Blended Curriculum includes everything you need to teach a multiyear literacy program: the complete ELSB print, software, and iPad app. Individual components also available separately.


  • Is thoroughly researched
  • Provides a multiyear curriculum
  • Develops foundational literacy skills
  • Includes student response options for verbal or nonverbal responding
  • Provides scripted lessons
  • Includes a DVD training video
  • Integrates software to simplify instruction and progress monitoring

Five years of research through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, proved ELSB to be a highly effective literacy program. ELSB is based upon the principles of systematic and direct instruction. It incorporates scripted lessons, least-prompt strategies, teachable objectives, built-in lesson repetition, and ongoing assessments. The seven ELSB levels contain five structured lessons each.

All students begin at Level 1. If a student struggles, Level A is available. Scripted instruction may be done one-on-one or in small groups for two 30-minute daily lessons. Once a level has been completed, formal assessments are provided. ELSB includes everything you need to implement a multiyear literacy curriculum. Providing alignment to state and national standards, including the common core!

Research Details:

Dr. Diane Browder, principal author of ELSB, directed an analysis of 128 studies on teaching reading to students with cognitive disabilities, which indicated the effectiveness of using systematic instruction techniques to teach sight words. ELSB research was conducted through Project RAISE and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Five years of research have been completed. Sixty students from the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System with moderate-to-severe disabilities received daily instruction in the ELSB curriculum. These students were compared with a control group using a sight-word-only approach. ELSB students earned significantly higher scores on the pre/post test for the ELSB curriculum as well as the Nonverbal Literacy Assessment and receptive language measures.

Data from the first 3 years of classroom research show that the ELSB group had higher gain scores (posttest minus pretest) than the control group on all four dependent variables. Accordingly, the Institute of Education Sciences (funding agency) approved the discontinuation of the Edmark control group in 2008. Students continued to make significant progress in years 4–5.


  • Implementation Guide
  • 6 Teacher’s Manuals
  • 6 Student Response Books
  • 6 Student Assessment Manuals
  • Moe the Frog Puppet
  • All About Moe Stories
  • Oh My, Apple Pie Story
  • DVD for staff training
  • Discs with printable PDFs and other reproducible resources
  • Sight word flashcards
  • Magnetic dry erase board
  • ELSB Software
  • ELSB iPad App
  • Post-it flags
  • 2 Storage boxes

For supplemental materials consider Early Literacy Communication Package — a GoTalk 4+ and the Early Literacy Communication Overlays book featuring 50 tear-out pages of overlays to complement the ELSB program.

Need more information? Have questions or comments about ELSB? Contact us at [email protected]!


Additional Info

Additional Info

Subject English Language Arts, Literacy
Age Group Elementary
Author Diane Browder; Susan Gibbs; Lynn Ahlgrim-Delzell; Ginevra Courtade; Angel Lee
Format Blended

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