Read Aloud - Grade 1 - "The Flag of the United States" is a week long lesson plan for a Grade 1 nonfiction read aloud.
Reading aloud to children is a successful and effective activity that helps improve student reading abilities. This strategy provides teachers the chances to help students come in contact with and use higher level comprehension strategies because the comprehension listening level of students is generally higher than their independent and instructional reading level. Higher level passages require more complex reading strategies. Read alouds also provide opportunities to incorporate and integrate science and social studies content during the language arts block of the school day. Students learn about the world around them. This can create interest and foster a desire to find out more.
Read alouds help provide teachers a means to build background knowledge, teach vocabulary, model fluent reading, and improve student use of comprehension strategies for both fiction and nonfiction text. This is especially important for English-language learners (ELL) students. The higher level read-to texts present vocabulary words that the ELL students may not yet be able to read on their own. This helps them with their language development. As with all students, the more ELL students come in contact with higher level vocabulary words, the more proficient the students will become in developing their reading skills.
Included in Read Aloud - Grade 1 - "The Flag of the United States" is a list of materials needed, such as transparencies of graphic organizers, and a list of the reading objectives found in each lesson. The lesson plan tells you all that you need to do and say throughout the read aloud lesson. As with anything, you are able and encouraged to "tweak" the lesson plan to make it your own.
Read the passage ahead of time to practice fluency, expression, pacing, and to allow you to get comfortable with the text. Each lesson during the week should be between 20 and 30 minutes in length. The week consists of a 4 day series of lessons. The fifth day of the week could be used as a catch-up day or to provide more time for After Reading activities.
Each lesson is made up of Before Reading, During Reading, and After Reading activities. The words typed in bold italics are the words that you say to the students in each lesson. Think-Alouds are in boxes as well. Day 1 focuses on Before Reading. Day 2 centers on During Reading, Day 3 focuses on During and After Reading, and Day 4 works with After Reading activities.