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Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: December 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!

Books needed for December (In order of how we suggest teaching the books):
Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard and Tanya Simon
The Animal’s Santa by Jan Brett
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
The Great Spruce by John Duvall

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 DECEMBER unit? Look below!
● Daily Lesson Plans for 4 Weeks
● Book Question Cards
● Reading Passages
● Comprehension Assessments

● Comprehension Focuses:
Mental Images
Analyzing Illustrations
Using Illustrations to Describe the Story
Learning from Information in Pictures
Learning from Information in Text
Establishing a Purpose for Reading
Comparing and Contrasting with the Nonfiction Readers

● Comprehension Printables/Interactive Notebooks:
Comparing Hanukkah and Christmas Flap-Ups
Comparing Animals that Hibernate H-Chart
Comparing Animals that Camouflage Venn Diagram Flap-Book
Comparing Two Trees Graphic Organizers
The Animal’s Santa Character Feelings
Drawing Conclusions Printable
Mental Images Printable
Mental Images Filmstrip
Mental Images Flap-Ups
Analyzing Illustrations Printable
Drawing Conclusions Printable
Drawing Conclusions Flap Ups
Illustrations from Texts Printable
Comparing Genres Venn Diagram Flap-Ups
Establishing a Purpose for Reading Printable
What Did I Gain on the 2nd Read Printable

● Nonfiction Readers
Hanukkah Traditions
Snow Camouflage
It’s Not Just Bears (Hibernation)
Terrific Trees

●  Anchor Charts
Our Mental Images
Let’s Compare Christmas and Hanukkah Traditions
The Animals’ Santa: Illustrations
Animals That Camouflage in the Snow
I Can Learn From the Words and Pictures
Animals That Hibernate
Why Do Readers Read?
Different Types of Trees

● 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)
City Skyline
Arctic Hare
Hibernating Chipmunk
Christmas Tree

● Crafts (with writing pages)
Santa Claus
Person Skiing
Sleigh with Tree

●  Phonics Focuses
-ill word family and tr blend
-eep word family and cr blend
-eat word family and dr blend
-ay word family and fr blend

● Phonics Activities for each week
Word Family Digital Poster
Word Family Slider
Word Family Picture and Word Cards
Word Family Sentence Scramble
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:  Plural Nouns (Suffix: s, es)
Singular and Plural Noun Anchor Chart
Singular and Plural Noun Digital Posters
Plural Noun Add s and es Graphic Organizer
Singular and Plural Noun Flap-book with Sort
Singular and Plural Noun Flap-book
Noun Sort
Singular and Plural Noun Assessment

●  Grammar:  Plural Nouns in Sentences
Noun Sort
Unscrambling Sentences
Singular and Plural Noun Sentence Scoot
Plural and Singular Noun Flap-book
Plural Noun Assessment

Grammar:  Verb Tenses
Verb Tenses Anchor Chart Sort
Verb Tenses Digital Posters: Past, Present, Future
Verb Tenses Graphic Organizer
Past and Future Tense Verb Flap-book Sort
Verb Tenses Trees
Verb Tenses Game
Verb Tenses Printable

● Grammar:  Pronoun: I
Pronouns: I, Me, My Anchor Chart and Sort
I, Me, My Digital Posters
I, Me, My Pronoun Flap-book
Roll, Cover, Write
I Can Use Pronouns Pocket Book
Pronoun Pick It


Ⓠ 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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