Science-based Reading in the Classroom

Connections: OG in 3D® as the Curriculum


with Step-by-Step Instructions

Featuring Denise Snider


Two-Day Course- $650

*Must have completed Connections: OG in 3D 45-hour training

  • Step-by step walk through and demonstrations of
    Connections: OG in 3D

  • Arkansas standards aligned with each Connections lesson

  • Map of Classroom Set-Up

  • Literacy Block Schedule

  • Grouping Strategies

  • Centers within the Literacy Block

  • Grading policies

  • Teaching to mastery in a whole group

  • Classroom management

  • Organization of Materials

  • Videos of real teachers using Connections in whole class instruction

  • Data from several populations of children from several districts

  • How to incorporate levelized readers into the later lessons without compromising the progress


Discounted Classroom Set of Supplies $650

available at this price only with this class


  • One-time purchase, that can be used year after year

  • All of this is non-consumable, except the vowel book kits, rabbit rule, clover, and qu kits


“I wish all administrators knew that this is the most cost-effective,

most successful way to teach literacy.” -Denise Snider



About Connections for Whole Group Instruction:

In years past, Connections, and other science-based programs, were used mostly as intervention for struggling readers, but as schools realize that the way they've typically taught reading isn't working for all students, and as more schools are keeping up with research and moving to the science of reading, we've had more requests to train teachers with an emphasis in how to use Connections as the regular curriculum for whole group instruction.

Connections is used in many districts as the whole class literacy curriculum in grades K-2. The schools who have used this as whole class instruction are very excited about the reading scores and the data. 100% have made the decision to train more schools within their district, based on the results they’ve seen. Connections is science-based and covers the structure of the English language.

In Connections, the students and teacher get more bang for their buck because all five components of reading are woven in. Multisensory grammar is built in from lesson 1, using 3D objects, colors, and symbols. Comprehension is built in from lesson 1 through strategies used in typical guided reading lessons, but with the benefit of decodable texts. We have added the Primary Phonics readers aligned to each lesson in addition to the Personalized Readers. In the second semester of first grade, guided reading leveled readers can be used if they are chosen well. We include instruction in how to do this. Vocabulary is taught through objects and through morphology. Fluency is built into each lesson.


Classroom Sets of Supplies

1 set of Checklists 21-40

1 set of Fluency Sheets 21-40

Seven Syllable Poster

24, Rabbit Cut-outs

24, Clover Cut-outs

24, Short Vowel Books

24, Sets of Short Vowel Book Objects

24, Sets of Lick the Lines Kits

6, Bags of Beads

6, Glass Tracing Boards

12, Movable Alphabet Sets

24 “Qu Sticks Like Glue” Sets

24 H-brothers kit

12, small pizza pans

24, endpoints

24, Canvases

Scope and Sequence of Connections: OG in 3D as the Whole Class Curriculum in Grades K-3

* Classroom sets of supplies are always available at the APPLE Group store at regular price.


The scope and sequence for K-3 that most of our schools use, is our Phonemic Awareness,  Apple Seed and beginning Connections taught in kindergarten. This covers phonological processing, phonological awareness, the five levels of phonemic awareness, the letters and sounds of the alphabet, as well as 26 Jailbird words. This is all taught in 3D and using multisensory techniques.


In first grade, the classes cover the first 30 lessons of the Connections manual. Second grades covers the last 30 lessons of the Connections manual. The Connections table of contents shows the scope and sequence. One of the differences in Connections and a phonics program is that the scope and sequence follows the structure of the English language and builds upon each other. Many phonics programs are randomly introduced and do not build upon each other. They also don't cover the reading and spelling rules.


  • The combination that has produced the best data, has been a teacher who uses Connections whole group in the classroom, and an interventionist who uses Connections for intervention in RTI. The struggling readers get double doses of science-based reading.  Programs aren’t mixed. Teaching is consistent. Repetition is built in. Reading levels climb.