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This is a bundle of shared reading lesson plans and reading strategy visuals for first grade students! The fiction and nonfiction units address a variety of decoding, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary skills.
This bundle is for you if you want to:
- Engage your students in meaningful, fun whole group lessons
- Grow your first graders’ reading confidence, and
- Accelerate your students’ reading progress!
The lessons in this bundle are designed to be very flexible - you can use the suggested texts or choose your own. The lessons can also be rearranged to meet your school's curriculum or scope and sequence. The units can also be rearranged! (I recommend teaching Units 1 and 2 earlier in the year).
In addition to detailed lesson plans, visuals, and graphic organizers, you’ll also receive the following in each unit:
- Suggestions for high frequency words and vocabulary words (from the recommended texts)
- Optional supplementary activities (writing, drawing, games)
- Class skill checklists
- An individual rubric
- A conferring form
- A list of Common Core Standards addressed (this unit aligns with many other standards systems, too)
What is shared reading?
Shared reading is an instructional practice in which you, the teacher, lead students in a reading activity where the students can clearly see the words of the text. You do some modeling during shared reading, but you also encourage students to participate in the reading as much as possible. Each shared reading lesson focuses on a strategy that students can then practice on their own, as they read (or pretend-read) independently.
What is the reading workshop model? If I don't use a reading workshop model, can I still use this unit?
The reading workshop model is an approach to teaching that typically includes a minilesson and independent student practice (reading / other literacy activities). As long as you want to teach some type of shared reading or minilesson to your first grade students, then this bundle can work for you!
What if I already own one of the units?
No problem! Simply purchase the bundle, and then contact TpT support. They will issue you a refund of any individual unit(s) you already own!
Where can I see a list of the lessons?
A list is included in the free preview!
How long will each lesson take to teach?
The lessons are flexible, but I recommend setting aside 10-15 minutes for each shared reading lesson.
What books will I need to teach these lessons? What if I don't have access to those books?
For each week, I suggest different options for books that you can use (you won’t need them all, and you can substitute other texts if you like). To see a list of all suggested texts, click HERE! These lessons are VERY flexible in terms of the books you use!
You'll want students to be able to clearly see the words of the texts, so make sure that you have a document camera or some other means of projecting the texts for students to see.
What are the levels of the books?
In each unit, I recommend using books that are 1-2 levels above most students’ guided reading levels. Students do NOT need to be able to read these books on their own - you provide plenty of support. In choosing the levels, I followed a typical trajectory for first grade students - but you can easily adjust the difficulty level by using your own texts.
Can I skip lessons or use the lessons out of order?
Absolutely! These lessons are designed to be very flexible. If you don't have time to do shared reading every day, it's not a problem (although I do recommend daily shared reading if you can manage it!).
How long will these lessons last?
These lessons will last all year long! The complete bundle will include more than 170 lessons.
Are the materials editable?
Editable versions of the lesson plans are included, yes! Other printables with clipart, however, are not editable due to the copyright agreements on the graphics I use.
What standards are addressed?
I've tagged the CCSS (Common Core) in this product. You can use this list (with the CCSS) to correlate to any local standards you may use. Keep in mind that just because a standard is addressed does not mean that this unit teaches it to complete mastery (most standards are addressed again in later units).
I teach a split-grade class and I'm not really sure which grade level I should purchase. Can you help?
Although everyone's situation is unique, my recommendation is to choose the LOWER grade level that you teach, and then "differentiate up" in small groups and conferences to challenge your stronger students. I recommend using only one unit, unless you have plenty of time to teach 2 minilessons each day. If you are in a situation where you teach more than 2 grade levels, however, you may want to consider teaching 2 minilessons per day or teaching the lessons in small groups.
What if I have more questions?
Feel free to leave a question in the Q&A section here on TpT, or email me at Alison@learningattheprimarypond.com. I'm happy to help!
Other Grade Levels Available:
For a Kindergarten shared reading bundle, please click HERE!
For a second grade shared reading bundle, please click HERE!