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Rooted in Reading Kindergarten April: Read Aloud Lessons and Activities



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Calling all Kindergarten Teachers who are ready to TRANSFORM their ELA block! Rooted in Reading for Kindergarten gives you everything you need to facilitate a love of reading in your classroom.  We’ve got lesson plans, activities, crafts, and printables that focus around a read-aloud story each week.  The teacher READS the book throughout the week and models how to think deeply, ask questions, monitor comprehension, and so much more.  Each week we focus on different comprehension skills and strategies that will take your little learners on a reading journey like never before.  All lesson plans and activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards and TEKS.  This can be used as a stand alone curriculum OR as a supplemental curriculum.  You can do ALL of what we include or pick and choose the activities that work best for you and your students!  

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Note: The description below AND the PREVIEW are VERY detailed.  We have tried to provide as much information as possible!  Please check out the description and preview if you have any questions about the unit!

Books needed for April:
The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach
Dandy by Ame Dyckman
My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown
The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gohlz

KINDERGARTEN Rooted in Reading Units:
Rooted in Reading Kinder August:  Now Available
Rooted in Reading Kinder September:  Now Available
Rooted in Reading Kinder October:  Now Available
Rooted in Reading Kinder November:  Now Available
Rooted in Reading Kinder December:  Now Available
Rooted in Reading Kinder January: Now Available
Rooted in Reading Kinder February: Now Available
Rooted in Reading Kinder March:  Now Available
Rooted in Reading Kinder April:  Now Available
Rooted in Reading Kinder May:  Now Available

Ⓠ What is included in the APRIL unit? 
Ⓐ: Look below!
● Daily Lesson Plans for 4 Weeks
● Book Question Cards
● Reading Sentences/Sentence Stems
● Comprehension Assessment
● Take Home Readers that Match the Nonfiction Reader Topic
● Comprehension Focuses:
Character Feelings and Character Traits
Making Inferences
Determine the Topic and Theme of a Poem
Connection of Events in Nonfiction

● Comprehension Printables/Interactive Notebooks:
Feelings Cut and Paste
Character Trait Flap-Ups
Illustrator Help
Learning Facts Printable
Important Events Printable
Connecting Events Printable
Making Inferences Printable
Making Inferences Activity with Pictures
Making Inferences with the Text Printable
What Do I Notice Printable
Poetry Topic Printable
Feelings and Colors Flap-Ups

● Nonfiction Readers 
These come in a printable and projectable version.  There is a NF reader that the teacher READS with the students.  There is also a Take-Home reader that the students read with on-level content.
All About Seeds
Express Your Art
Life Cycle of the Butterfly
What’s So Great About Trees?

● Anchor Charts
The Anchor Charts have all pieces included needed to make the anchor chart as well as cards for students to respond with.
The Very Impatient Caterpillar Feelings/Traits Anchor Chart
The Life Cycle of a Butterfly Anchor Chart
The Boy Who Grew A Forest Events Anchor Chart
Trees Help the World Anchor Chart
We Can Infer Anchor Chart
All About Seeds Anchor Chart
Let’s Look At… Anchor Chart
Types of Art Anchor Chart

● Vocabulary
4 Vocabulary Picture Cards with Definitions for each book
4 Vocabulary Writing Prompts
Vocabulary Anchor Chart with picture cards
Vocabulary Picture/Word Match

● Directed Drawings (with writing pages)
The directed drawings have step by step picture instructions for the teacher to guide the students through.
Lion Cub
Jamie (main character)

● Crafts (with writing pages)
The crafts include a printable version that can be colored AND a cut/glue option.
Butterfly Flying
Tree Booklet

● Foundational Skills:  CVCe Words
Final E Poster
CVCe Whole Group Pocket Chart Materials
CVCe Posters
Magic E Printables
Color the Final E Printables
Sorting for Final E Printables
Spin and Color Printables
Magic E Booklets

● Grammar:  Present Tense Verbs
Present Tense Focus Poster
Match the Verb
Present Tense Verb Booklet
Which Verb? Printable
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down Printable
Present Tense Assessment

● Grammar:  Past Tense Verbs
Past Tense Focus Poster
Match the Verb
Past Tense Verb Booklet
Adding ed to Words Printable
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down Printable
Past Tense Assessment

● Grammar: Future Tense Verbs
Future Tense Focus Poster
Match the Verb
Future Tense Verb Booklet
Adding Will to Verbs Printable
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down Printable
Future Tense Assessment

● Grammar: Verb Tenses Review
Focus Posters for Present, Past, and Future Tense
Verb Tenses Printable
Past Present Future Flap-Ups
Past Tense and Future Tense Verb Sort Flap-Uups
Thumbs up or Down
Verb Tenses Assessment

● Daily Deep Dive:  Mentor Poem
This month our daily deep dive is a little different. April is National Poetry Month, so we wanted to incorporate poetry into each week. We have chosen a poem that correlates to the topic for the week.
Poem Lesson Plans
Weekly Poem
Responding to Poem Printables
Poem Cut and Paste

Ⓠ There is SO much included, how do I fit it all in?
Ⓐ:  Please do NOT feel like you have to do everything we put into the units.  We try to include everything that a teacher might want, but we realize it is A LOT!  We suggest combing through the units, looking at the expectations of your school/district/state, and deciding which activities would be best for your students.  We do NOT recommend printing class sets of everything, hoping to get to it all.  Choose the things that you think YOUR students need, that will be most beneficial, and start there!  Several components can be used during stations, for morning work, or even as homework.  Others you may choose to just set aside for another time or not use at all!  That’s okay!  We want this to work for you AND your students!

Ⓠ What is included in the Kinder units
Ⓐ:  Each book unit (so 4 a month) will include:  
⇢Daily Lesson Plans for Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, and the Daily Deep Dive
⇢Book Question Cards for Classroom Discussion
⇢Comprehension Focus Digital Posters
⇢Comprehension Printables and/or Interactive Notebook Templates
⇢Comprehension Assessment for the Weekly Read Aloud
⇢Reading Passage with Questions
⇢Anchor Chart Templates
⇢Nonfiction Reader
⇢Nonfiction Take Home Reader
⇢Vocabulary Picture Cards with Word, Picture, Definition
⇢Vocabulary Writing Prompts
⇢Vocabulary Writing Prompts
⇢Vocabulary Printables/Assessments
⇢Craft with Writing Pages
⇢Directed Drawing with Writing Pages
⇢Foundational Skills Focus Digital Posters
⇢Foundational Skills Printables/Activities
⇢Grammar Focus Digital Posters
⇢Grammar Printables/Activities
⇢Daily Deep Dive with Mentor Sentences

Ⓠ How are these units different from your other grade level units?
Ⓐ:  We have followed the same format as our other grade levels, but we have made it developmentally appropriate for a Kindergarten classroom.  We do not choose read alouds that are on a Kindergarten reading level because the teacher is reading the story to the class, and guiding their discussions, BUT the activities that correlate with the read aloud are Kinder appropriate.  We believe that books read aloud should vary in level so that ALL students benefit from the instruction.  Here are some minor differences in the Kinder units:
➧Lined Writing Pages and Sentence Starters
➧Printables have very little cutting involved.  If there is cutting, it is very basic.
➧Many options for drawing or writing when responding to the text
➧Foundational Skills Included
➧Directed Drawings have simplified steps and a starting page
➧Crafts are easy to cut and assemble or they can simply be colored
➧Vocabulary Cards have pictures
➧Kinder appropriate activities, assessments, passages, and more

Please note: We provide resources/printables for foundational skills. However, we do not claim that this is a complete phonics program. Rooted in Reading was built to address the comprehension, vocabulary, and language standards. Many schools and districts have very specific plans for foundational skills/phonics. Our goal is to simply provide extra materials for teachers to use during their phonics instruction.


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