Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for K-1 {Unit 4: Retelling & Main Idea}

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Reading comprehension lessons on retelling, key details, and main idea; supplemental posters and visual aids; graphic organizers; and other materials for your Kindergarten or first grade students!


This reading comprehension strategies unit is designed to teach students retelling, story elements, characters, and main idea. The lessons use real literature, and you can select books from a list of many different suggestions.

Through minilessons that gradually release responsibility, your students will learn to:

- Identify the character, setting, problem, and solution of a story

- Retell the beginning, middle, and end of a story

- Describe the the traits of a story's characters

- Identify the main idea or lesson of a story

- Identify the reasons an author gives to support a point in the text

- Tell the main topic of a nonfiction text

- Retell the most important details from a nonfiction text

This unit contains:

- 25 clear minilessons that will last for about 5-6 weeks

- Printable posters and visual aids

- Graphic organizers to go with the lesson plans

- Tips for setting up the reading workshop and conferring with students

- Planning and organizing templates

- Common Core alignment and clear goals

- Checklists and rubrics

- Differentiation materials for Kindergarten and first grade

- Real photographs of sample anchor charts

- List of suggested texts for use with the unit (you can use the books you already have in your classroom - the lessons do not require that you use one specific text)

Please view the preview file before you purchase!

This unit is the fourth in a series that you can purchase for a discounted bundled price by clicking here.

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By: Learning At The Primary Pond with Ms. Lilypad

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70 pages
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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.
Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.


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