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Literacy All Year Reading and Fluency Passages with Coordinating Writing and Art

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1st - 2nd
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49 weeks and over 1,000 pages! This year-long unit contains weekly thematic informational reading, fluency passages, fluency charts, full writing units, and art to match! The passages were carefully written and are research based!

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The Reading Passages

I have read all the fluency and guided reading books, so that you don't have to. You can trust that these passages and writing units were skillfully created with first grade reading skills and first grade readers in mind. As a matter of fact, this year-long bundle begins with very simple passages that have 1 sentence per line with picture clues and sound just like a guided reading book. The year-long bundle ends with students reading multiple, rich-text paragraphs that will help them move seamlessly to chapter books and higher leveled text they will encounter in 2nd and 3rd grade. I have done the work in creating this 1,000 page unit so that you are freed up to be the very best and most prepared teacher possible!

**** Reading Unit Update ******

I have added an "Easy Reading" passage for each unit!!!

--->simplified text

--->comprehension questions at the bottom of each passage!

Fall Unit - Completed July 1st

Winter Unit - Complete July 9th

Spring Unit - Coming soon

The Writing Units

My students never complain about writing because they have a mind full of ideas after reading these quality passages. They simply cannot wait to share what they have learned. Each unit will take your students from pre-writing with graphic organizers to publishing! Listen to what Susan had to say about the writing units :

On August 21, 2016, Suzan Sudlow (TpT Seller) said:

NEVER have I had such a comprehensive unit that is absolutely perfect for ALL my kiddos. The graphic organizers that support the writing....top notch. My kids were writing paragraphs with opening and closing sentences WEEK 1. I send home the homework for the reading practice, I was dumbfounded when my ESL kids...still in reading behaviors....touched and read the pieces...top to bottom! Worth EVERY penny.

Like Susan said, graphic organizers and my unique "Quick Write" pages help ensure that first graders are successful in getting what's on their mind onto the paper all the while using proper grammar and mechanics. You won't believe how easy writing becomes when kids use the "Quick Write" page and how easy it is for you to grade and give fast feedback!

Social Studies, Science, and Engagement

In about 5 minutes a day, I fit in fluency instruction, reading practice, and Science or Social Studies. The topics covered in these units were carefully chosen to be aligned with the "Heroes and Holidays" themes children love as well as highly engaging Science reading and Reader's Theater that connects school and home life.


All reading passages are available in 4 formats

1. Shared reading (no fluency numbers)

2. Weekly fluency passage (with fluency numbers)

3. Homework Option 1 (nightly parent signature)

4. Homework Option 2 (nightly timed data)

Assessment and Data Collection

Dec-June you will also have an optional quiz to test students' reading comprehension and will give you the data you need for grades and parent communication. The quizzes are designed in true Common Core format with multiple correct answers, sequencing, free response, and labeling.

Art and Engagement

The art is my key to student buy-in and engagement. My students love the high interest passages, but when they see the art, they go bonkers with anticipation and sustained effort.

Personal Testimony and Need

I am a very energetic 1st grade teacher who believes in and does guided reading. I noticed that as my class size climbed to 32 students it became much harder to read with every child every day. Enter fluency practice. The year I went from 20 students to 32, I created these passages to meet the needs of my readers. That year, with 12 more students in my room, using these passages I had the most growth and reading gains I had ever seen in my 17 years of teaching. My data proved that these passages and daily fluency practice was what a busy teacher needs. That's why I am offering this unit to you. That is why I travel all over the Western United States speaking at K-1 teaching conferences about fluency and comprehension. I am letting you in on my time-tested secrets with a bonus unit called Comprehension and Fluency 101. It's a TpT top seller and gives you weekly guide for how I do fluency in my classroom. You will get step-by-step implementation guides, my weekly lesson plan, posters, and anchor charts. You will also get 4 highly engaging games and activities that will make daily re-reading fun! Punctuation Poppers and Crazy Professor are the favored games BY FAR!

Preview What's in the Bundle! See Below

To Preview Each Unit (52 weeks) Click below:

Fall Bundled Unit -16 Weeks

Winter Bundled Unit -16 Weeks

Spring Bundled Units- 12 weeks

Comprehension and Fluency 101

Intervention Unit- 8 weeks

Table of Contents:

Each unit listed has:

1. Easy Reading Passage

2. A longer passage with and without numbers for homework, fluency, or challenge

2. An art unit

3. Bulletin board lettering to be displayed with the student art work and writing

4. Coordinating writing unit containing

---> graphic organizer to process thinking

---> quick write organizer with a theme-unique topic sentence and sense of closure

---> various forms of lined paper for publishing

Monthly Themes Scope and Sequence with Standards in bold


A Cat Can

We Go to Bed

It is Hot

Tim Needs a Hug


We Love to Eat

Apple Tree Poem

Making Applesauce

Johnny Appleseed


In School We Have


Christopher Columbus

Pumpkins Grow


I Can Tell That it is Fall

Long Ago and Now

Time to be Thankful (Thankful heart- not limited to the American Thanksgiving)

Making Pumpkin Pie


Is a Reindeer a Mammal?

All About Trains-Polar Express

How To Make Cocoa –


Why Do They Hibernate?

The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Life of Rosa Parks

What is Ground Hog Day?


What is Chinese New Year

I Know How to Care For My Teeth

The Life of George Washington

The Life of Abe Lincoln

Bonus Activity

Comparing Lincoln and Washington Opinion Writing Piece


“March Comes In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb”

Solid, Liquid, Gas

Rainbows, Gold, and Leprechauns

Making Shamrock Shakes

April Fluency

Proud as a Peacock

Planet Protectors

How Tweet it Is

Little Ladybugs

May Fluency

Busy Bees

Little Cupcakes

Seeds, Sprouts, and Flowers

Memorial Day/ Remembrance Day

June CCSS "How To" Text Unit

How to Make Lemonade

How to Make S'mores

How to Make Play Dough

How to Make Dirt in a Cup

Passages have been written to be VERY readable for your first graders with teacher support. This is not independent reading, rather it is fitting the Common Core Shared Reading and Informational Text Research piece.

The large unit is available in this one easy download or can be purchased separately. Buying the bundle is a choice to save big$$$.

To Preview Each Unit (49 weeks) Click below:

Fall Bundled Unit -16 Weeks

Winter Bundled Unit -16 Weeks

Spring Bundled Units- 12 weeks

Intervention Unit- 8 weeks

Comprehension 101- Ten Proven Strategies to Teach Reading Comprehension and Fluency

My students read the passage with me every morning for 2 minutes. They also read them with buddies in class, and as homework. As time provides we use the reading games included in this unit. The games can be used with any and all of the passages!

Passages have been written to be VERY readable for your first graders with teacher support. In the fall using a pocket chart paired with the provided shared reading cards is very smart teaching. These passages are not independent reading, rather it is fitting the Common Core Shared Reading and Informational Text Research piece.

This Unit Contains

-49 Science and Social Studies Reading Passages

-49 Quick Writes

-49 Writing Tasks (informational, opinion, and narrative)

-28 Quizzes Dec-June

-44 Coordinating Art Projects for all units except intervention

-44 Bulletin board lettering phrases to match the art

-Intervention Packet to help your low first and low second graders

-Comprehension 101* with proven strategies to teach reading

*Comprehension 101 is a top selling TpT item, was featured in the newsletter highlighting reading strategies. Comprehension 101 has sold nearly 2,000 copies. It's the real deal, and will help you get results, raise test scores, and includes games and strategies to make reading delightful for you and your students!

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.


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