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



Calling all 1st Grade Teachers who are ready to TRANSFORM their ELA block and improve reading comprehension!  Rooted in Reading for 1st Grade is a set of lesson plans and activities that focus around a read-aloud story each week with everything you need to facilitate a love of reading in your classroom.  We include nonfiction readers, vocabulary, assessments, crafts, printables and so much more! 

Here’s how it works. 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!

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

Books needed for February (In order of how we suggest teaching the books):

  • Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
  • The Big Bed by Bumni Laditan
  • The Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe
  • The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright

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 FEBRUARY unit? Look below!

  1. Daily Lesson Plans for 4 Weeks
  2. Book Question Cards
  3. Reading Passages
  4. Comprehension Assessments

● Comprehension Focuses:

  • Making Inferences
  • Textual Evidence
  • Character Traits
  • Point of View
  • Growth Mindset
  • Biography
  • Describing Key Ideas
  • Central Message/Lesson

● Comprehension Printables/Interactive Notebooks:

  • Making Inferences with Cloudette Flap Ups
  • My Schema Printable
  • Making Inferences Printable
  • Types of Clouds Match
  • Point of View Sort
  • Point of View Printable
  • Sleepy Animals Flap-Ups
  • Central Message Printable
  • Central Message Flap-Ups
  • Growth Mindset Sort

● Nonfiction Readers

  • All About Clouds
  • Sleepyheads (Seven Animals That Sleep A Lot!)
  • Creative Role Models
  • Animals in the Outback

●  Anchor Charts

  • We Can Describe Cloudette (Character Traits and Evidence)
  • Types of Clouds
  • Point of View
  • Sleepy Animals
  • What We Learned About Basquiat
  • All About Artists
  • What We Learned From Koala and Friends
  • Animals in Australia

● Vocabulary

  • 4-5 Vocabulary Picture Cards for each book
  • 4-5 Vocabulary Writing Prompts
  • Vocabulary Sentences
  • Vocabulary Picture/Word Match

● Directed Drawings (with writing pages)

  • Cloudette
  • Sloth
  • Artist
  • Koala

● Crafts (with writing pages)

  • Types of Cloud Rainbow Craft
  • Sleeping Child Bed Booklet
  • Artist Palette
  • Kangaroo

●  Phonics Focuses

  • -ent/est word family and tw blend
  • -oo word family and ch blend
  • -ead word family and sh blend
  • -ar word family and th 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 PowerPoints
  • Blend Digital Poster
  • Blend Booklet with Student pages to complete

 Grammar:  Types of Sentences and Punctuation Review

  • Digital Posters for Question Mark, Exclamation Mark, Period
  • Punctuate It! Small Group Activity
  • Let’s Punctuate Printable
  • We Can Write Sentences Anchor Chart
  • Sentence Puzzles
  • Punctuation Pocket Book
  • Punctuation Pick it!

●  Grammar:  Articles: a, an

  • Articles Digital Poster
  • Articles Anchor Chart and Sort
  • A and An Flap-Ups
  • A or An Printable
  • Articles Sort
  • Articles Assessment

Grammar: Writing Dates

  • Writing Dates Digital Poster
  • Writing the Date Printable
  • Fixing and Ordering Dates
  • Writing Dates Flap Ups
  • Writing Dates Scoot
  • Write the Date Assessment

● Grammar:  Suffix: ed

  • Suffix –ed Anchor Chart and Sort (2)
  • Add –ed Graphic Organizer (2)
  • Verb Sort: Add –d, Add –ed
  • Suffix –ed Flap Book with Sort
  • Adding –ed 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 is 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 aloud 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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