Geodes: A New Approach to Early Literacy

Emerging readers crave books that inspire and fascinate. That’s why Great Minds and Wilson Language Training collaborated to create a new approach to early literacy. Introducing Geodes®, a collection of accessible, knowledge-building books for emerging and developing readers.


Designed to be highly readable for emerging and developing readers, each book is at least 80 percent decodable as aligned with the scope and sequence of Wilson Fundations®—a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program that benefits all K-3 students.

Knowledge Building

Students read books on varied content areas to build background knowledge and vocabulary. Grounded in the content of Wit & Wisdom®, each module includes 16 grade-level appropriate books centered on an engaging subject. 

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Geodes honor the natural curiosity of children by providing authentic reading experiences. As students engage with a variety of compelling literary and informational books, they build good reading habits that will last a lifetime. 

Explore Geodes

Both Levels 1 and 2 of Geodes include four modules, comprised of 16 books. Each book builds knowledge around a connected topic and reinforces student application of decoding and word recognition skills. The Level 1 and 2 classroom sets both include:

  • 64 unique books  
  • 6 copies of each title (384 total) 
  • 20 copies each of the 16 My Geodes™ sets (320 total) 
  • Inside Geodes™  
  • 1 natural geode 

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Geodes Level 1

The Geodes Level 1 library offers authentic reading experiences in which students practice decoding skills while building knowledge about fine artists, inventions, animal behaviors, meteorology, countries around the world, and more. Geodes Level 1 books correspond to the Level 1 Wilson Fundations scope & sequence and the Grade 1 Wit & Wisdom module topics. 

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Geodes Level 2

The Geodes Level 2 library offers authentic reading experiences in which students practice decoding skills while building knowledge about the seasons, the American West, civil rights’ movements, and the digestive system. Geodes Level 2 books correspond to the Level 2 Wilson Fundations scope & sequence and the Grade 2 Wit & Wisdom module topics.

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Geodes Professional Development

Great Minds now offers in-depth professional development for Geodes. In Getting Started with Geodes Levels 1 and 2, participants examine early literacy development research and discuss the instructional implications for emerging and developing readers; analyze texts used for early literacy instruction; explore how Geodes build students’ knowledge and skills; and learn a flexible approach for planning Geodes instruction.

Bring Geodes to your school

Request a quote to learn how you can bring the entire Geodes library to your school or district.

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