Common Core Aligned Close Reading Lessons: Fire! Fire!

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Tamara Russell
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1st - 2nd
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This 75 page download is jam packed with great stuff! I've used a balanced literacy plan: There are two anchor texts--one literary and one informational. The informational text is the exeplar text Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons. The literary text is The Fire Station by Robert Munsch. The literacy plans for both books are explict and contain ideas for chunking complex text, higher order thinking questions and responses to the text through writing activities.

I've included four different literacy activites. Two are phonics based, and two are comprehension activites for small group or whole group work.

FIREHOUSE BLEND SORT- initial blend activities

COMPREHENSION HOT SHOTS- comprehension activity for Fire! Fire!

SHORT VOWEL SPELLERS-(1) sorting picture cards by median sound (2) alphabetical order

SUPER SEQUENCERS- sequencing activity for The Fire Station

There are also several math activities as well! There are three activities that the students could complete on their own, and one that you should use as a whole group.

WE'RE ON A ROLL: COUNTING ON AND BACK- input/output tables

HOT DOG MAKE A TEN- making a ten using manipulatives

MATH SURVEYS- whole group activity for data collection and analysis (rubric included)

TIME TO FIGHT FIRES- telling time to the hour

SCIENCE EXTENSION- 'Can you put out a fire without water?' with a take home science extension.

So excited for you all to get a chance to see it! :) If you previously purchased it...please go ahead and re-download! :)

ADDITIONAL WORKSHEETS- a variety of fire safety worksheets for your students to use.

If you like using complex text reading units with your littles, you might be interested in my other offerings!


Quick As A Cricket is one of the first units I use in first grade. It's a fun way to look at vocabulary by studying antonyms and synonyms. Students read the text multiple times to work on discussing description and making mental images. It's a great book! The lesson plans are super explicit to guide your study.

Fire! Fire! is a great unit to use with first graders in October. We used this one in the run up to having firefighters visit the classroom, or even after visiting a firehouse. We used Robert Munsch's 'The Fire Station' and Gail Gibbons' 'Fire! Fire!' to work on comprehension and sequencing. I tied in work on blends, and making tens in math too! We even did a science experiment on how to put out fires! This is a jam packed unit that is really versatile. We love using it yearly!


George, Abe, and Barack is a must use in February in my first grade classroom! I love teaching social studies and tying this unit into additional fluency on the presidents! In this unit, the students learn about George Washington and Abe Lincoln through their biographies. They read 'Of Thee I Sing' which is Barack Obama's book for his daughters that includes the stories of many different influential Americans. It is a great way to work on fact and opinion and vocabulary while working on social studies and discussing people who made a positive impact on our country.

Tomas and the Library Lady is a great little story about a boy who moves from Mexico and makes a meaningful connection to reading through his family and a relationshp with a librarian. I use this text when I am teaching biographies, but I've also used it during Hispanic American Heritage Month. Just depends on the year. The students work on story elements, text dependent questions and a class book! It's a great little unit.


In the spring, I use Kitten's First Full Moon to analyze story structure and cause and effect. Students also work on reviewing roots and suffixes and discuss main ideas and details. It is a great tie in with any unit on earth space.

Zin, Zin, Zin A Violin is a wonderful rhyming story about orchestras and counting! The students learn all about different instruments why working on summarizing, main idea and context vocabulary. It's a wonderful way to integrate music into your lessons! There is a fun violin craft that we made that tied in non-standard measurement! Fantastic integration ideas!

How People Learned to Fly is one of my favorite units to teach! Its is differentiated and full of resources for first and second graders! I love the science connections that we make and the additional fluency passages that are in it. The students focus on fables, main idea and vocabulary in this unit. We also learned about The Wright Brothers and flying. You don't want to miss this one in the spring!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.


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