These 18 worksheets challenge your students in ways that the Common Core State Standards expect. They are NOT your typical “cut, color, and glue” activities and sorts that Kindergarten students are used to doing. They are rigorous and allow your students to truly THINK about what they are reading! Some of the activities related to the standards are differentiated to reach all of your students. For example, some students might draw three major events in the story while others might write about them. If there is a worksheet in this pack that is not differentiated, you can differentiate it by providing the scaffolding and support that child needs to complete it. Many of the Common Core standards include “with prompting and support” so don't think your students need to complete all of these independently! They are great resources to use during guided reading/skills group lessons, especially with your more independent learners who will be able to “dig deeper” on their own. The following standards are covered in this packet (and I have included a brief explanation of what the students will be expected to do for each worksheet):
L.K.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content. (a. Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck).
*Students will define two different meanings of 1 word and illustrate the differences.
RF.K.1.d: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
*Students will color each upper or lowercase letter they know.
RF.K.3.a: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of the most frequent sound for each consonant.
*Students will color each letter sounds they know.
RL.K.3: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story
*These worksheets allow for multiple levels of understand and literacy independence. They are differentiated so that even your lowest learners can be successful by drawing pictures. Students will write or draw about the character's names, the setting, and the major events happening in the story.
RL.K.1 & RI.K.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
RL.K.4 & RI.K.4: Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
*Students will predict what an unknown word means using the clues in the text. Then, they will define it. Students will also define and draw a picture of a new word learned and make lists of words and definitions that they now know.
RL.K.7 & RI.K.7: With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
*Higher-level Students will write about a moment in the story and draw the illustration that matches the moment in the story. Your lower-level learners will have the opportunity to draw their favorite illustration.
RL.K.9: With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
*Students will illustrate and compare and contrast two characters. They will compare the events that happen to them in their stories.
W.K.7: Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).
*Students will list two books read by the same author, color a smiley/frown face to describe their feelings about the author, and then explain why.
W.K.8: With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
*Students will answer a question with support from the text and list where they found the information in the text.