This book contains 12 lessons of 24 pages illustrated in color. The lessons build skills in reading and discussing fiction and poetry.
Lessons 1–4 focus on characters and settings as elements of fiction. Lessons 5–8 focus on sensory details of taste, touch, sound, and sight. In each lesson, the child will
• preview a story and key vocabulary,
• make and confirm predictions about the story,
• read the story and answer questions about key details,
• identify and discuss major events in the story,
• make inferences about the story,
• retell the story and connect to personal experience,
• discuss the big idea of the story, and
• identify the characters or settings as elements of literature (Lessons 1–4), or
• recognize and discuss sensory details in the story (Lessons 5–8).
Lessons 9–12 focus on elements of poetry. In each lesson, the child will
• preview rhyming and other words,
• identify and read one or more poems,
• respond to the rhymes of a poem,
• understand poetic structure by locating rhyming words, and
• respond to rhythm by clapping and counting the beats.
Stories, Poems, and Key Vocabulary:
"The Gingerbread Man": gingerbread man, Roy, May, boy, girl, path, chases, catches, characters, setting
"Chicken Little": Chicken Little, hen, duck, tells, tree, nut, falls, sky, tells, characters, setting
"The Rabbit and the Frog": rabbit, horse, frog, forest, lake, stone, runs, fast, afraid, characters, settings
"The Ant and the Bird": bird, ant, falls, flies, river, nest, friends, swim, rides, helps, characters, settings
"The Boy and the Donkey": boy, donkey, carries, grass, apples, lemons, sweet, sour, tastes, eats, yum, yuck
"Max Likes Water": Max, feet, head, bowl, bathtub, water, hot, cold, likes, not, outside
"The Frogs and the Rooster": frogs, rooster, night, morning, loud, quiet, very, two, three, croak
"The Peacock and the Crow": peacock, crow, feather, flower, pretty, funny, wears, looks, holds, finds, plays
Poems "Bow, Wow, Says the Dog," "Bat, Bat": dog, hog, cat, rat, bow, wow, grunt, grunt, mew, mew, squeak, bat, hat, bake, cake, under, over, says
Poems "One, Two, Tie My Shoe": two, shoe, four, door, one, three, tie, shut, six, sticks, eight, gate, ten, hen, four, five, seven, nine
Poems "Dance, Little Baby," "Two Little Birds": down, clown, sing, ding, baby, dance, bell, little, look, birds, Jack, Jill, hill, sit, one, fly
Poems "Five Little Monkey," "Ten Little Fingers": monkeys, doctor, fell, bumped, bed, head, said, five, little, toes, nose, ears, tears, fingers, arms, mouth, eyes, smiles, ten, two, five
This book is available also in Spanish! For the Spanish version, please click here!
This lesson pack is Book 17 of the Newitt Beginning Reading and Writing Program. The program provides a fundamental yet integrated approach to reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English language. The standards-based series of 24 books guides novice learners through a full year curriculum. Each lesson discovers, connects, and practices the basics of English.
A key feature of the program is that it uses linear incremental steps and repeated practices linked to higher level thinking skills. This approach gives the learner a solid foundation of reading and writing experiences. In the process, the learner gains routine study habits, motivation to learn, confidence, and mastery.
Please print each lesson double-sided and then cut in half, so that the pages are 5 1/2” by 8 1/2”. Each lesson has 24 sides.
The activities are aligned to the following standards:
Common Core: ELA Kindergarten
RL.1.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.1.2: With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
RL.1.3: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
RL.2.4: Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
RL.2.5: Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
RL.3.9: With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
RF.2.2a: Recognize and produce rhyming words.
SL.1.1b: Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
L.1.1d: Understand and use question words.
Also: RL.3.7, RL.4.10, RF.4.4, L.1.1e, L.3.5b, L.3.6
Texas Education Knowledge and Skills: ELA Kindergarten
2.C: Orally generate rhymes in response to spoken words.
4.A: Predict what might happen next in text based on the cover, title, and illustrations.
4.B: Ask and respond to question about texts read aloud.
6.A: Identify elements of a story, including setting, character, and key events.
6.B: Discuss the big idea (theme) of a well-known folktale or fable and connect it to personal experience.
6.C: Recognize sensory details.
6.D: Recognize recurring phrases and characters in traditional fairy tales, lullabies, and folktales from various cultures.
7: Understand, make inferences, and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support understanding. Respond to rhythm and rhyme in poetry through identifying a regular beat and similarities in word sounds.
Also: 1.A, 16.A(i), 22
“The Newitt Beginning Reading and Writing Program will ensure success for every scholar that embarks on a path to learn the English language.”
Dr. Patricia A. McNames, former teacher, middle school guidance counselor, elementary principal, and associate professor.