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Reading: Literature Standard 1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • A Journal for Corduroy: Responding to Literature
    This lesson from ReadWriteThink leads first-grade students to reflect on and respond to literature through journal writing. Students read books in the Corduroy series and interact with a stuffed bear to personalize their experiences. They also record their own adventures with Corduroy, share their stories with the class, and create a class book using the computer.
  • A Trip to Wonderland
    This unit explores Lewis Carroll's adaptation for younger readers of his beloved classic, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. After sharing their concepts about Wonderland, students listen to the opening chapters of the story and view Sir John Tenniel's illustrations from the original edition. Using images of 'big' and 'small' from Alice's experiences, students develop these concepts in their own drawings. Students then compare Carroll's fantastic animals with creatures from other children's stories and use computers to craft images of their own fantasy creatures.
  • Active Reading Using "The Enormous Watermelon"
    In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students engage in word recognition activities using character names and high-frequency words from the predictable texts of nursery rhymes and the big book "The Enormous Watermelon." Students also identify the main characters in these texts.
  • After-School Nutrition Curriculum for Elementary Students
    This curriculum was designed as a comprehensive nutrition program that aims to increase nutrition education and combat food insecurity amongst elementary students. This curriculum was not designed to eradicate food insecurity, but rather to educate and influence students to make healthy food choices. When students meet, they will participate in activities such as general nutrition education, recipe education and implementation, as well as visiting local community resources that can aid them, and their families, to healthy food and meal choices or options.
  • After-School Nutrition Curriculum for Elementary Students (Spanish Version)
    This curriculum was designed as a comprehensive nutrition program that aims to increase nutrition education and combat food insecurity amongst elementary students. This curriculum was not designed to eradicate food insecurity, but rather to educate and influence students to make healthy food choices. When students meet, they will participate in activities such as general nutrition education, recipe education and implementation, as well as visiting local community resources that can aid them, and their families, to healthy food and meal choices or options.
  • All Together Now: Collaborations in Poetry Writing
    This set of 3 lesson plans from EDSITEment makes poetry exciting for students as they listen to, write, and recite poems that are sure to please. By the end of these lessons, students should be able to create lines of poetry in response to poems read aloud, identify musical elements of literary language, and recite short poems or excerpts.
  • Building a Matrix for Leo Lionni Books: An Author Study
    In this author study, students listen to four books by author Leo Lionni over the course of four days. Each reading is followed by discussion focusing on literary elements and comparing characters and plots. After discussion, students participate in creating and organizing information on a large matrix which depicts the main elements of that day's story. During the week, the matrix helps students review and retell each story and to compare details of two or more stories at a time. On the final day of this lesson, individual students choose any two books to compare using a Venn diagram.
  • Carol Hurst's Featured Children's Books
    Each featured book page includes a review of the book, a listing of points from the story to discuss, activities related to the book, other related books, and links to other resources.
  • Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity
    In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students write simple cinquain poetry of their own as a follow-up to a subject they have been exploring in class. Cinquain (pronounced "cin-kain") is a five-line poetic form, using a wavelike syllable count of two-four-six-eight-two.
  • Cowboys and Castles: Interacting With Fractured Texas Tales
    This lesson explores the way versions of fairy tales are created and challenges the students to create one of their own.
  • Guess What's in the Bag
    This lesson, from ReadWriteThink, gives students opportunities to interact and play with language. Students will use their imagination to describe hidden objects, listen to clues, and tap prior knowledge while playing the game "What's in the Bag." This lesson challenges students to develop and use descriptive language when communicating. This lesson incorporates interactive student activities and links to a variety of web resources.
  • Have Journal...Will Travel: Promoting Family Involvement in Literacy
    This lesson from ReadWriteThink is designed to engage families in shared literacy activities. The students take turns taking home a book bag that includes a stuffed toy, a book, art supplies, a topic to discuss with their families, and a journal to share their thoughts and ideas. Through the experience they build positive memories of literacy activities.
  • Learning Vocabulary Down By the Bay
    Students will sing a song that contains 32 words from the Dolch word list; become familiar with concepts of print; recognize and read high-frequency vocabulary words; spell and write the vocabulary words.
  • Silly Billy's World
    Lesson plans for 5 well-known children's read-aloud books on plants/seeds that encourage literature, writing and language skills from the common core.
  • Teaching Short Vowel Discrimination With Dr. Seuss
    The study of common rimes, or word families, is vital to students' early reading and writing skills. Through the contrast of short vowel patterns, this ReadWriteThink lesson supports first- and second-grade students' use of analogy to apply their knowledge of vowel sounds in reading and spelling new words. The integration of Dr. Seuss rhymes creates an engaging study of onsets and rimes. Students will discover patterns in words, sort words based on their vowel patterns, and apply their knowledge in reading and writing activities.
  • Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World
    This lesson from ReadWritethink helps young readers interact with and interpret text using "Julius, the Baby of the World" by Kevin Henkes. The text talk strategy provides students with open-ended questions, which allow them to interpret the language, plot, and characters of the story.
  • Using a Predictable Text for High-Frequency Words
    In this lesson, from ReadWriteThink, students develop fluency as they participate in a choral reading of the predictable text. After reading the story, students construct sentences using the words found in the predictable text. Students then have the opportunity to write their own stories using the interactive Stapleless Book.
  • Word Recognition Strategies Using Nursery Rhymes
    This lesson from ReadWriteThink uses familiar nursery rhymes to draw attention to words that end with the same letters. Kindergarten and first-grade students are encouraged to create word family lists and compare them to words in different word families.
  • Word Wizard
    An interactive version of making words. Students use clues to build words.


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