Kindergarten May Read Aloud Lessons & Activities | Empowering Little Readers

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Kindergarten teachers, are you looking for something to make planning for your literacy block or Reader's Workshop time easy and fun? This Empowering Little Readers May reading unit contains everything you need to teach phonemic awareness, comprehension, story elements, shared reading, and vocabulary. This interactive read aloud unit is based on the close read model - each week you will focus on one book and going deeper within that text.

Digital Options for Distance Learning: I have added in options for some of the recording sheets to be used in Google Slides™ and Seesaw™. I was not able to make all activities digital, but many.

*This is available in a yearlong bundle here: Empowering Little Readers Kindergarten Curriculum

Each week contains 5 days worth of lesson plans for you with foundational or phonemic awareness activities, shared reading (poetry), a whole group reading lesson, independent work, mentor sentences, grammar, vocabulary, crafts, and directed drawings.

How long will a lesson take? You can fit these Kindergarten interactive read aloud lessons into the time limit that you have. There may be more included than you can use, and that's okay! A suggested time frame:

  • Interactive read aloud with mini lesson and discussion - 15-25 minutes
  • Independent practice - 5-10 minutes
  • Phonemic Awareness Lessons - 5 minutes
  • Vocabulary - 5-10 minutes
  • Shared Reading - 5-10 minutes
  • Kindergarten mentor sentences and grammar - 5-10 minutes

What is included in each unit?

The Very Impatient Caterpillar

  • Week-Long Lesson Plans
  • Phonemic Awareness Lesson Plans
  • "I'm a Little Caterpillar" Poem for Shared Reading
  • Poetry Notebook Pages
  • Poem paper reader
  • Butterfly Life Cycle Nonfiction Book
  • Comprehension Printables
  • Vocabulary Picture Cards
  • Vocabulary Printables
  • Caterpillar Butterfly Life Cycle Craft
  • Butterfly Directed Drawing

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree

  • Week-Long Lesson Plans
  • Phonemic Awareness Lesson Plans
  • "Lemonade" Poem for Shared Reading
  • Poetry Notebook Pages
  • Poem paper reader
  • Making Lemonade Nonfiction Book
  • Comprehension Printables
  • Vocabulary Picture Cards
  • Vocabulary Printables
  • Lemonade Craft
  • Lemon Tree Directed Drawing

Ohana Means Family

  • Week-Long Lesson Plans
  • Phonemic Awareness Lesson Plans
  • "Mahalo" Poem for Shared Reading
  • Poetry Notebook Pages
  • Poem paper reader
  • Traditions Around the World Nonfiction Book
  • Comprehension Printables
  • Vocabulary Picture Cards
  • Vocabulary Printables
  • Pineapple "My Family Tradition" Craft
  • Loy Krathong Directed Drawing

Jabari Jumps

  • Week-Long Lesson Plans
  • Phonemic Awareness Lesson Plans
  • "Summertime" Poem for Shared Reading
  • Poetry Notebook Pages
  • Poem paper reader
  • Pool Safety Nonfiction Book
  • Comprehension Printables
  • Vocabulary Picture Cards
  • Vocabulary Printables
  • Diving Board Craft
  • Summer Kid Directed Drawing

BONUS WEEK - The Watermelon Seed

  • Week-Long Lesson Plans
  • Phonemic Awareness Lesson Plans
  • "Watermelon" Poem for Shared Reading
  • Poetry Notebook Pages
  • Poem paper reader
  • All About Watermelon Nonfiction Book
  • Comprehension Printables
  • Vocabulary Picture Cards
  • Vocabulary Printables
  • Watermelon Craft
  • Alligator and Watermelon Directed Drawing

MAY GRAMMAR FOCUS:

  • Homophones
  • Homonyms - Multiple Meaning Words
  • Writing sentences and editing
  • Contractions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the benefits to using Kindergarten interactive read aloud lessons in your classroom? Interactive read alouds give your read alouds purpose! They allow you to meet standards in an engaging way while using picture books as mentor texts to teach comprehension strategies. They also give students a connection to new vocabulary words.

These books seem too hard for my Kindergarten students! You, the teacher, will be reading these books to students whole group. They will be working on comprehension strategies while listening to the story. These interactive read alouds will not take the place of your phonics instruction or small group reading instruction.

How would you suggest fitting these interactive read alouds into my ELA block? These kindergarten interactive read alouds would take place during your whole group reading curriculum (classroom read alouds). This might look like:

  • Phonemic Awareness Mini Lesson - 5 minutes
  • Shared Reading - 5 minutes
  • Empowering Little Readers Lesson - 20 minutes
  • Students complete independent practice from the lesson (this is their ticket to centers) - 5 minutes
  • Literacy Centers and Small Group Reading - NOT in this curriculum
  • Phonics Lesson and Practice - NOT in this curriculum
  • Vocabulary Mini Lesson - 5 minutes
  • Mentor Sentence and Grammar Mini Lesson - 5-10 minutes

What are the benefits to using mentor sentences in Kindergarten? Mentor sentences allow Kindergarten students to work on concepts of print, fluency and reading with expression, and grammar skills while relating to their read aloud.

What do the Kindergarten vocabulary lessons look like? The kindergarten vocabulary lessons are short mini lessons. Each week will focus on 4 vocabulary words that come from the interactive read aloud, which will give students a connection to the words. Students will learn the vocabulary words with hand motions, define and illustrate the vocabulary words, and match the words to pictures.

What does shared reading look like in Kindergarten? Shared reading is kindergarten poetry. All kindergarten poems included in these units are original poems written by me! Each day, you will read the kindergarten poems together for fluency. Students will receive their own poems to put in a poetry folder or notebook. They will also receive a paper poem book for each poem.

What do the kindergarten phonological and phonemic awareness lessons look like? These are quick, teacher-directed phonological and phonemic awareness mini lessons. They are scripted for you. Some weeks include a game and/or worksheet, but not every week.

Questions? Email me at natalielynnkindergarten@gmail.com

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).

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