1st Grade ELA Common Core Activities: Aligned with Houghton Mifflin Theme 5

Angela Linzay
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1st Grade HM BUNDLE for THEMES 1-5

I created this VERY DETAILED and FANTASTIC EDITABLE resource out of my own needs to align the Common Core with my ELA curriculum. This unit is PACKED with many fun activities, graphic organizers, games, Daily Literacy activities, blackline masters, and blank worksheets to tailor them to the needs of your own classroom. Worksheets are Common Core aligned with standards listed on the first pages of the file. Each teacher read aloud has an opinion writing activity at the end as well as a connection to the text (text to text, text to self, text to world). Each story also has a sequencing activity.

There are worksheets that require students to answer questions by citing the evidence from the text. I also added Depth and Complexity icons on worksheets for higher-level learning.

This unit is separated by stories and their skills. I’ve also added blackline masters for all the graphic organizers used in the resource.

This unit was created for 1st grade but there are PLENTY of resources that can be used for other grades. Please download the preview for an overview of the unit and full-page previews.

Below is everything that is included in this Theme 5 unit:

ALL stories include:

- Focus wall Labels

- Vocabulary Word and Picture Cards CCSS RF1.4

- Story High Frequency Word (HFW) Cards CCSS RF2.4

- Vocabulary Word Activity CCSS RF1.4

- Comprehension Skill Activity

- Phonics Skills Activity CCSS RF2.3a,e

- Phonics Focus: Read, Find, and Color Activity CCSS RF2.4

- Phonics Focus: Write and Match Activity CCSS RF1.2c

- High Frequency Word Spinner CCSS RF2.4

- High Frequency Word Practice and Trace CCSS RF2.4

- High Frequency Word Guess My Word CCSS RF2.4

- Grammar and Word Skills (see each story for details)

- Making Connections: Connecting Text to Text,

Text to World, and Text to Self

- Story Sequencing Activity CCSS RL1.3

- Opinion Writing Activity CCSS W1.1

- Somebody, Wanted, But, So Summary CCSS RL1.3

- Teacher “Cheat Sheets”

- Describing Our Character Activity (Differentiated)

With and Without Text Dependent Page #s. CCSS RL1.7

- Skip and Scan (Differentiated) CCSS RL1.2

Week 1 Stories:

The Two Japanese Frogs

Moving Day

- Words to Know Cards CCSS L1.4

- Questions: Teacher Guided CCSS L1.2B


- Antonyms Search CCSS L1.5

- Antonym Activity CCSS L1.5

- Antonym Match Up Cards CCSS L1.5

- Naming Part/Telling Part CCSS RF1.1A

- Shout It Out! CCSS L1.2B

- Compare and Contrast: Frogs CCSS RL1.9

- Compare and Contrast: Crabs CCSS RL1.9

- Skip and Scan (Differentiated) CCSS RL1.2

- Opinion Writing: In my opinion, I think that the two frogs should have… CCSS W1.1

- Opinion Writing: In my opinion, I think hermit crabs are… CCSS W1.1

Week 2 Stories:

The City Mouse and the Country Mouse

Me on the Map

- Words to Know Cards CCSS L1.4

- Making Generalizations CCSS RL1.1

- In The End: Punctuations CCSS L1.2B

- Compare and Contrast: City Mouse and Country Mouse CCSS RL1.9

- Repeat After Me: Finding Patterns CCSS RI1.1

- Me on the Map Activity CCSS RI1.3

- Story Structure ActivityCCSS RL1.3

- Skip and Scan (Differentiated) CCSS RL1.2

- Opinion Writing: In my opinion, If I were a mouse, I would choose to live in …. CCSS W1.1

- Opinion Writing: In my opinion, maps are useful because…. CCSS W1.1

Week 3 Stories:

The Mouse’s House

The Kite

- Words to Know Cards CCSS L1.4

- Contraction Activity CCSS L1.1

- Contraction Match-Up CCSS L1.1

- Monitor and Clarify Teacher Guided Questions CCSS RI1.4

- Skip and Scan (Differentiated) CCSS RL1.2

- End it! Base words with –ing CCSS L1.4C

- Who Is It? I or Me? CCSS L1.1D

- What’s The News? Finding Patterns CCSS RL1.1

- Cause and Effect CCSS RL1.1

- Opinion Writing: In my opinion, if I was in the socks when Fox came in, I would have… CCSS W1.1

- Opinion Writing: In my opinion, making a kite is…


- Opinion Writing: In my opinion, Mama is ______ because….. CCSS W1.1

Blackline Masters for ALL organizers

Blank worksheets to tailor to your own class needs.

**Please download the preview for full-page samples

I hope that this resource will make your school year so much easier the way it has for my colleagues and me.


Angela Linzay

** This resource is in no way affiliated or endorsed by The Daily 5 and/or the 2 Sisters. Activities in this unit are suggested activities that can be used as part of The Daily 5 program. Purchasing The Daily 5 book is suggested.

You may also like other themes:

Theme 1: All Together Now

Theme 2: Surprise!

Theme 3: Let’s Look Around!

Theme 4: Family and Friends

Theme 5: Home Sweet Home

Theme 6: Animal Adventures

Theme 7: We Can Work It Out!

Theme 8: Our Earth

Theme 9: Special Friends

Theme 10 We Can Do It!: Special Friends

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Bundle for Themes 1-5

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