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Rooted in Reading Kindergarten

What is Rooted in Reading?

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Rooted in Reading is a reading curriculum that was created to enhance the Language Arts instruction in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classrooms. Teachers read purposefully-selected picture books to their students each week.  Students are actively engaged in listening to and discussing each text throughout the read-aloud.  Before, during, and after the read-aloud, teachers guide book conversations through thought provoking discussion questions.  With Rooted in Reading, the learning process continues through targeting specific skills and standards as students interact with this text all week. Activities for each text have been designed to assure students are actively thinking, making connections, and responding to the text in a meaningful way.  This reading curriculum focuses on deepening comprehension, developing and expanding vocabulary, and integrating language skills with the use of a mentor text.

We are going to take a look at our Kindergarten Reading Curriculum and Kindergarten Lesson Plans so that you can see what it’s all about! Keep in mind that this showcases ONE book and ONE week of learning. Each monthly teaching resource includes FOUR books and FOUR weeks of learning!

The Mentor Text

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Rooted in Reading lesson plans utilize a mentor text for the week.

All of our Kindergarten reading lesson plans, as well as the other grade levels, focus around a mentor text for the week. You might be thinking… what are the benefits of using picture books all throughout my Kinder reading curriculum? Well, I’ll give you 10 reasons to fit this into your reading lesson plans!

  1. Students make deep and meaningful connections to the books.
  2. Students experience growth in their background knowledge.
  3. Students’ interest in reading increases.
  4. Using a read-aloud allows an opportunity for students to reflect.
  5. Picture books provide a safe space for classroom discussions.
  6. Interactive read-alouds enhance and enrich the classroom community.
  7. It allows teachers to model effective reading strategies in a controlled area.
  8. Picture books provide a non-threatening environment where reluctant and skilled readers can flourish.
  9. .Reading aloud a picture book builds a bridge between language and reading.  The read-aloud shows students how language works in context.
  10. Incorporating read-alouds in the classroom exposes students to multiple genres that they may not gravitate towards on their own.

The Standards Alignment

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All of the Rooted in Reading lesson plans are aligned to the standards

Like each of the grade levels, Our Kindergarten Rooted in Reading curriculum focuses on one or more comprehension standards each week.  The standards structure for each unit are outlined in an easy to understand overview for the entire Rooted in Reading curriculum. We also spiral comprehension skills throughout the year so that students have ample exposure and practice.  Rooted in Reading does not teach the skills in isolation.  The read-aloud serves as a mentor text throughout the week where the students are analyzing the text, making connections, and digging deeper with comprehension by participating in intentional conversations pertaining to the read-aloud.

The Lesson Plans

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All Rooted in Reading lesson plans include comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar

Teachers are provided with a set of lesson plans , like the Kindergarten reading lesson plans pictured above, that include activities and resources for comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar.  All of the components are focused around one main read-aloud that is introduced at the beginning of the week, reread throughout the week, and referred to during all of the lessons.

The Comprehension Focus

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Every lesson plan has at least one comprehension skill focus

Each week the lesson plans will guide the teacher on how to introduce, model, and teach the main comprehension focus. For this particular book, students will learn all about books. They will learn different ways to read, how we read, and about caring for books. Every book and set of lesson plans has its own comprehension focus.

The Student Activities

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Rooted in Reading lesson plans also include activities for the students to complete

Students practice those reading skills each week throughout the use of different graphic organizers, response sheets, flap-books, etc. Students use these activities to expand their critical thinking skills as they are digging deep into the text.

The Interactive Lessons

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Rooted in Reading lesson plans have interactive lessons that utilize classroom discussions and anchor charts

We don’t stop at lesson plans and suggestions, we also implement interactive lessons and discussions in our reading curriculum. Here you can see that Kindergarten students will learn all about the parts of a book. As a class, they will label the parts of a book together. The teacher facilitates the discussion, but the students are actively engaged in the conversation. By getting the students actively engaged in the discussion, teachers can work through any questions and help students to identify key comprehension components.

The Comprehension Assessment

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Each week students complete a comprehension assessment over the book of the week and the focus skill

Students are assessed each week on the mentor text and skills. In our Kindergarten reading curriculum, students are tested on their comprehension of the read-aloud AND on their knowledge of the focus skill. Here you can see that we have kept the assessment developmentally appropriate for kindergarten. This allows teachers to immediately know if their students are mastering the comprehension standards or if reteaching is necessary.

The Nonfiction Reader

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There is a nonfiction reader for each week of lesson plans that ties back to the main story.

One unique thing about our reading curriculum is that each week we pair a nonfiction text with the mentor text. These nonfiction readers can be found right within the weekly lesson plans and are written on a level that students can understand. For example, In our Kindergarten reading curriculum you can see the Kindergarten readers are learning about the school community. They learn important facts and details about the school community which helps them to better understand the different character roles seen in the main story for the week. By incorporating the nonfiction readers into the reading lesson plans, we provide teachers with an opportunity to use contextual information for summarizing and reiterating key skills from the mentor text.

The Nonfiction Connection

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Nonfiction anchor charts are provided each week to pair with the nonfiction readers.

We understand the value of interactive lessons, not only for the main read aloud, but also for the nonfiction connection. Each week students participate in an interactive lesson anchored by an informational chart. This anchor chart is created WITH the students as they are brainstorming information that they acquired through the nonfiction reader.

The Nonfiction Response

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The nonfiction response pairs with both the nonfiction reader and the interactive chart.

Now that students have participated in a nonfiction read-aloud, classroom discussion, and interactive lesson, they can demonstrate their understanding of the material with the nonfiction response. This allows students to show what they have learned in a kindergarten-friendly format. Here students create a school bus and write about one of the school workers.

The Vocabulary Study

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Vocabulary is a huge part of our Rooted in Reading lesson plans.

Integrating vocabulary into reading lessons is crucial. Did you know that students cannot possibly comprehend a story if they do not understand the vocabulary within the text? We want students to understand and enjoy what they are reading, so we help to develop a deep understanding of words.

The Vocabulary Practice

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Our Rooted in Reading curriculum includes vocabulary charts, written responses, and assessments.

Our Kindergarten reading lesson plans guide the teacher with words to focus on, activities to practice the meaning of those words, and assessments that show students’ understanding of the words introduced.

The Reading Response

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Rooted in Reading includes different ways for students to respond to the text.

We believe that when we teach ELA skills through skill and drill, it is almost impossible to pull in all the previous knowledge in an engaging and timely manner.  Picture books allow us to accomplish what we need to in our instruction while allowing students to enjoy the process. In our lesson plans each week students are given the opportunity to respond to the text. They may complete a directed drawing or writing craft that is always paired with a written response.

The Grammar Focus

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Rooted in Reading integrates grammar skills and activities

We know how hard it is to fit grammar into your lesson plans each week. That’s why we always include grammar in our reading curriculum.

The Grammar Activities

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Rooted in Reading includes grammar activities and printables.

Students participate in daily activities to deepen their understanding of the grammar skill. This allows students to truly grasp words, sentences, and language.

The Mentor Sentence

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Each week students focus on one mentor sentence from the text

Included in our Kindergarten Rooted in Reading Curriculum is The Daily Deep Dive. Our lesson plans focus on one sentence from the mentor text each week. Throughout the week, students are engaged with that sentence in what we call the daily deep dive. They are locating the parts of speech, identifying vocabulary words, thinking about the meaning of the words, and more. The mentor sentence allows students to put everything together with just one sentence: comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary.

The Foundational Skills

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Rooted in Reading Kindergarten includes foundational skills (phonics) activities and printables.

We understand how important foundational skills are in early literacy. Rooted in Reading Kindergarten incorporates phonics activities and printables that enhance the understanding of those foundational skills.

All the Information

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Kindergarten Rooted in Reading will be released for the 2020-2021 school year. We have currently released our August teaching resource as well as a Growing Bundle. You can see the release dates for the other months listed on the image above. Here are some helpful links:

  1. Rooted in Reading Kindergarten
  2. Rooted in Reading Kindergarten August
  3. Rooted in Reading Kindergarten Growing Bundle
  4. Rooted in Reading Kindergarten Book List
  5. Rooted in Reading Research and Testimonials
  6. Rooted in Reading Kindergarten Book Links
  7. Rooted in Reading Organization

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Sample a day of Rooted in Reading with these lesson plans and activities for Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Grammar!

12 Responses

  1. Do you have a k/ 1? Or did I just see that for one or two books created?thank you for all your hard work! Love the activities. I have first Grade bundle, but some kids vary especially in the beginning of the year.

    1. Hi There!

      Yes, we just released our first RIR Kindergarten unit. We will be releasing all units a month prior to each monthly unit. The August unit and a growing bundle are currently available using the links in the post.

  2. I love the amount of content you put in this unit!! We do not have a preschool in our area and most of my students come to kindergarten knowing very little. Is it possible to make alternative response sheets for students who don’t know how to form letters yet? The majority of my students don’t even know what letters in the alphabet are and are not quite ready to understand that letters make up words to write a response for your comprehension pages. I really like the content in this unit but I am not sure my students will be ready for this the first week of Kindergarten.

  3. I have been following you for years, have met you at Get Your Teach On, love your family, love your Instagram stories and was THRILLED when I saw you created RIR for Kindergarten! My son’s teacher in 2nd grade used your RIR and he absolutely LOVED it!

    I have already printed off August and was thrilled to see how much amazing opportunities my students will be able to learn about so many things, including vocabulary and grammar! The book choices are authentic texts that I know my students will love!

    Kindergarten teachers, especially myself, really appreciate the time and details you put into your RIR! I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all your hard work! I look forward to a new way to teach reading foundational skills in a new way in August!

  4. I am looking for the Kindergarten Year Long Standards. I was wondering if you have that laid out with which months will have what standards you will be including in your bundle? I bought the August Kindergarten RIR and I am already impressed, however, I would like to see how the standards are laid out for the entire year. I am excited about something new!!

      1. Hi again, just wondering if I had missed it, looking in the wrong place, or it hasn’t come out yet. But I am looking for the year long standards with their standard number for the year. Trying to do our long range plans and need to add that in.