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Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: April Read Aloud Lesson Plans and Activities



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Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: THE BUNDLE

Calling all 1st Grade Teachers who are ready to TRANSFORM their ELA block!  Rooted in Reading for 1st Grade 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!  Want to know more? Check out below!

For more informationresearch, and teacher testimonies on Rooted in Reading click HERE.

Books needed for April:
Farfallina and Marcel by Holly Keller
Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winer
Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen
I Don’t Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty

**Please Note: The week of Poetry (Thunder Underground) is formatted differently. There is not vocabulary or grammar. There is a large focus on poetic devices instead: Alliteration, Repetition, Rhyme

1st Grade Rooted in Reading Units:
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: Overview
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: August
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: September
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: October
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: November
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: December
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: January
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: February
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: March
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: April
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: May

What is included in the APRIL unit? Look below!
● Daily Lesson Plans for 4 Weeks
● Book Question Cards
● Reading Passages
● Comprehension Assessments

● Comprehension Focuses:
Character Action
Character Dialogue
Character Traits
Central Idea
Key Details
Text Evidence
Analyzing Poetry
Poetic Devices
Persuasive Text Analysis
Author’s Purpose

● Comprehension Printables/Interactive Notebooks:
Butterfly Life Cycle Printable
Professions that Save the World Graphic Organizer
Earthworm Facts Graphic Organizer
Frog Facts Graphic Organizer
Character Action Printable
Farfallina and Marcel Flap-Ups
Dialogue Cards
Dialogue Printable
Central Idea/Key Details Printable
Central Idea Passage
Key Details Flap-Ups
Poems That Make Us Feel
Analyzing Poems
5 Senses in Poetry Flap-Ups
I Don’t Want to be a frog printable
Toads Printable
Entertaining Flap-Ups

● Nonfiction Readers
Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Professions that Save the Planet
Fascinating Frogs

●  Anchor Charts
Let’s Talk About Characters: Traits and Actions
The Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Professions that Save the Planet
Central Idea for Wangari’s Trees of Peace
Earthworms Can, Have, Are
Analyzing Poem: Earthworm
Fantastic and Fascinating Frog Facts
I Don’t Want to Be a Frog, I Want to be a…

● Vocabulary (not in poetry week)
4-5 Vocabulary Picture Cards for each book
4-5 Vocabulary Writing Prompts
Vocabulary Sentences
Vocabulary Picture/Word Match

● Directed Drawings (with writing pages)
Marine Biologist

● Crafts (with writing pages)
Mushroom with earthworm

●  Phonics Focuses
-aw/au word family and shr blend
-ew word family and thr blend
-oi/oy word family and spl blend
-y ending and squ blend

● Phonics Activities for each week
Word Family Digital Poster
Word Family Slider
Word Family Picture and Word Cards with Word Sort
Word Family Spin and Color
Word Family Writing Practice
Word Family Passage
Word Family Assessment

● Blends Activities for each week
Blend Power Points
Blend Digital Poster
Blend Booklet with Student pages to complete

 Grammar:  Rhyming Words
Rhyming Picture/Word Cards
Rhyming Words Work-Mat
Rhyming Words Match
Farfallina and Marcel Partner Play
Find a Rhyme
I Can Rhyme Flap-Ups
Rhyme Time Printable
Reader’s Theatre Quiz

●  Grammar:  Combining Sentences
Combining Sentences Cards
Conjunction Cards
Combining Sentences with AND Puzzles
Combining Sentences with AND Printable
Combining Sentences with BUT Puzzles
Combining Sentences with BUT Printable
Combining Sentences Flap-Ups
Combining Sentences Assessment

Poetic Devices
Poetic Devices Notebook Prompts
3 Poetry Printables to analyze poems
Digital Posters for: Alliteration, Rhyme, Repetition
Alliteration Flap-Book
Rhyme Match
Repetition Flap-Ups
Poetic Devices Review
Poetic Devices Assessment

● Grammar:  Contractions
Contraction Cards
Contraction Work-Mat
Contraction Match
I Can Create Contractions Pocket Book and Sort
I Spy Contractions with Cards
Contraction Assessment

Ⓠ 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!

 Do you have a year overview and planning guide?
Ⓐ:  Yes!  We sure do!  You can find the list of books for the year, the skills we are going to hit, and the standards (Common Core and TEKS) we will cover below!  Please note that as units are created we may switch things up a bit! The TEKS that the units are aligned to are the TEKS that were adopted in 2017 and will be put into place in 2019.  These are NOT aligned with the old TEKS.

Here is our COMPLETE Book List and Year Overview

Ⓠ What is included in the first grade units
Ⓐ:  Each book unit (so 4 a month) will include:  
⇢Daily Lesson Plans for Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Phonics
⇢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 Activities
⇢Vocabulary Picture Cards with Word, Picture, Definition
⇢Vocabulary Writing Prompts or Activities
⇢Vocabulary Printables/Assessments
⇢Craft with Writing Pages
⇢Directed Drawing with Writing Pages
⇢Phonics Focus Digital Posters
⇢Phonics Printables/Activities
⇢Phonics Reading Passage
⇢Grammar Focus Digital Posters
⇢Grammar Printables/Activities

Ⓠ How are these units different from your 2nd and 3rd grade units?
Ⓐ:  We have followed the same format for 1st grade, but we have made it developmentally appropriate for a first grade classroom.  We do not choose read alouds that are on a first grade 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 first-grade 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 first grade units:
➧Lined Writing Pages
➧Many options for drawing or writing when responding to the text
➧Phonics Included
➧Directed Drawings have simplified steps and a starting page
➧Crafts are easy to cut and assemble
➧Vocabulary Cards have pictures
➧1st Grade appropriate activities, assessments, passages, and more


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