Collaborative Literacy


What Is SIPPS?

Literacy builds a foundation for success in school and life. SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) helps new and struggling readers build the skills and confidence they need to gain reading fluency and comprehension.

SIPPS offers a systematic approach to decoding that supports students in grades K–12 in developing reading fluency and comprehension. For students who struggle with decoding, SIPPS can be used to accelerate students to grade level quickly. Each SIPPS level corresponds to one level in a developmental progression: simple alphabetic, spelling pattern, and polysyllabic/morphemic phases. Daily SIPPS lessons and reading practice in appropriate texts engage students in their own reading processes.

SIPPS can be used with small groups of students as Tier 2 or Tier 3 intervention. The scope and sequence of SIPPS is aligned with Being a Reader instruction (Sets 1–5), which facilitates students’ movement between the two programs.

Now Available! Support for Students Identified with Dyslexia

Students identified with dyslexia or other learning challenges benefit from simultaneous activation of learning modalities that include physical movement and tactile sensations. For these students, Intensive Multisensory Instruction for SIPPS® provides variations that can be readily added to the original SIPPS routines. These increased options allow teachers to adapt instruction to the needs of students. Learn more here.

Supporting Struggling Readers

There are three levels in the SIPPS program: Beginning Level for grades K–3, Extension Levels for grades K–3, and Challenge Level for grades 2–12. The content of Beginning and Extension Levels is covered by SIPPS Plus for grades 4–12.

SIPPS comes with extensive resources to support implementation. Both the digital and print Teacher’s Manuals provide detailed review lessons, instructional strategies for presenting routines and sounds, and comprehensive information on when and how to administer assessments.

In most districts, the SIPPS program is used for intervention. Classroom teachers or reading specialists work with small groups of students in

  • classroom settings
  • school-day pull-out programs
  • after-school programs
  • intersession classes
  • summer school programs

For our youngest readers who don’t yet know all their letter names that are required to begin SIPPS instruction, Learning Letter Names teaches all 26 capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet through 20 engaging lessons. Learn more here.


Initial and ongoing assessment helps ensure that students begin with the appropriate instruction and that they move through the material successfully and quickly. The goal is that students master the content, becoming accurate and fluent readers in the process. To learn more, download the assessment and placement test for grades K–3 or grades 4–12.

Engaging Literature to Build Fluency and Confidence

Students become confident, motivated readers who love reading by practicing learned skills in texts they can independently read with success. Once students transition out of controlled-vocabulary texts, SIPPS fluency practice libraries for grades 1–3 and grades 4–12 offer students high-interest texts at “just-right” levels so they are able to enjoy practicing their hard-earned skills.

Research-based and Standards-aligned

SIPPS is aligned with the standards and has grown out of years of research on best practices in reading development.  Visit our resources to search for correlations to the Common Core, and other state standards.

Digital Resources

The CCC Learning Hub houses the digital resources that accompany SIPPS. These resources enhance students’ learning experiences and help teachers streamline their preparation, instruction, and assessment processes.

Take a Look Inside SIPPS

The CCC Learning Hub houses digital resources that enhance students’ learning experiences and help teachers streamline their preparation, instruction, and assessment processes. Create a free account to access the Learning Hub for an entire year.