Read Aloud - USA - Basic - Grade 1 is a set of lesson plan templates for read aloud lessons for Grade 1 that practices and reinforces basic reading skills. This product is designed to be used with passages that you choose. Complete lesson plans with two passages are included to serve as models of how you may use this product.
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.
Read Aloud - USA - Basic - Grade 1 presents lesson plan templates for fiction and nonfiction lessons for passages that you provide to help teach narrative and informational text structures. Students need to be able to recognize the two types of structures and know which comprehension strategies work best to develop meaning.
Each Read Aloud - USA - Basic - Grade 1 lesson follows a similar format. There is one format for fiction passages and one for nonfiction passages. There is a list of materials needed, such as transparencies of graphic organizers, and a list of the reading skills found in each lesson. You use the fiction lesson plan and nonfiction lesson plan template to plan out each read aloud. One complete fiction and one complete nonfiction lesson are provided to model how each type of read-to can be conducted. As with anything, you are able and encouraged to "tweak" the lesson plans to make them your own.
Read each passage you choose ahead of time to practice fluency, expression, pacing, and to allow you to get comfortable with the text. Each lesson should be between 20 and 30 minutes in length. Each 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.