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Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: January Read Aloud Lesson Plans and Activities

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  1. Calling all 1st Grade Teachers who are ready to TRANSFORM their ELA block!  Rooted in Reading for 1st Grade gives you everything you need to facilitate a love of reading in your classroom.  We’ve got lesson plans, activities, crafts, and printables that focus around a read-aloud story each week.  Th
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Calling all 1st Grade Teachers who are ready to TRANSFORM their ELA block!  Rooted in Reading for 1st Grade gives you everything you need to facilitate a love of reading in your classroom.  We’ve got lesson plans, activities, crafts, and printables that focus around a read-aloud story each week.  The teacher READS the book throughout the week and models how to think deeply, ask questions, monitor comprehension, and so much more.  Each week we focus on different comprehension skills and strategies that will take your little learners on a reading journey like never before.  All lesson plans and activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards and TEKS.  This can be used as a stand-alone curriculum OR as a supplemental curriculum.  You can do ALL of what we include or pick and choose the activities that work best for you and your students!  Want to know more? Check out below!

For more information, research, and teacher testimonies on Rooted in Reading click HERE.

Books needed for January (In order of how we suggest teaching the books):

Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks

Ida, Always by Caron Levis

Chameleons are Cool by Martin Jenkins

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

*Please Note that the week of Chameleons are Cool is structured differently to include a large focus on Nonfiction Text Features. That week we will do Nonfiction Text Feature activities rather than Grammar.

1st Grade Rooted in Reading Units:

Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: Overview

Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: August

Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: September

Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: October

Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: November

Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: December

Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: January

Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: February

Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: March

Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: April

Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: May

What is included in the JANUARY unit? Look below!

● Daily Lesson Plans for 4 Weeks

● Book Question Cards

● Reading Passages

● Comprehension Assessments

Comprehension Focuses:

Characteristics of Fiction

Words or Phrases That Indicate Feeling

Main Topic and Details

Author’s Purpose

Autobiography Characteristics

Comprehension Printables/Interactive Notebooks:

Fiction and Nonfiction Sort

Is it Fiction? Printable

Fiction and Nonfiction Flap-Ups

Facts About Penguins Graphic Organizer

Character Emotions Flap-Ups

Show, Don’t Tell Printable

Showing Emotion Printable

Animal Emotions Graphic Organizer

What is the Main Idea?

Main Idea Passage and Printable

Chameleon Fact Flap-Ups

Nonfiction Texts: What I learned Printable

How Can I Relate? Printable

Chris Hadfield Printable

Astronaut Fact Flap-Ups

Nonfiction Readers


Animal Emotions

Color Changing Chameleons

Out of This World: Astronauts

●  Anchor Charts

What is Fiction?

Types of Penguins

Words and Phrases That Show Sadness

Animal Emotions

Main idea Pizza

Color Changing Chameleons

What Can We Inform Others About

All About Astronauts


4-5 Vocabulary Picture Cards for each book

4-5 Vocabulary Writing Prompts

Vocabulary Sentences

Vocabulary Picture/Word Match

Directed Drawings (with writing pages)





Crafts (with writing pages)

Rockhopper Penguin

Polar Bear

Main Idea Pizza


●  Phonics Focuses

-oa/ow word family and sn blend

-ine word family and sp blend

-ake word family and gr blend

-ike word family and pr blend

Phonics Activities for each week

Word Family Digital Poster

Word Family Slider

Word Family Picture and Word Cards with Word Sort

Word Family Spin and Color

Word Family Writing Practice

Word Family Passage

Word Family Assessment

Blends Activities for each week

Blend Power Points

Blend Digital Poster

Blend Booklet with Student pages to complete

Grammar:  Synonyms and Shades of Meaning: Adjectives

Synonym Match

Synonym Flapbook

Shades of Meaning Cards

Shades of Meaning: Ordering Adjectives

Shades of Meaning with Penguin in Peril

Synonym Assessment

●  Grammar:  Pronouns: he, she, they

Pronoun Anchor Chart and Sort

Pronoun Flapbook

Roll, Cover, Write Pronouns

I Can Use Pronouns Pocketbook Sort

Pronoun Pick It

Text Features

Nonfiction Text Feature Digital Posters

Text Feature Match

Text Features with Digital Menus

Finding and Understanding Captions

Using an Index

Nonfiction Text Features with NF Reader

Grammar:  Suffix: ing

Suffix –ing Anchor Chart and Sort

Verb Graphic Organizer

Verb Sort

Using -ing Flap-book and Sort

Verb Flap-book

Adding –ing Assessment


There is SO much included, how do I fit it all in?

Ⓐ:  Please do NOT feel like you have to do everything we put into the units.  We try to include everything that a teacher might want, but we realize it is A LOT!  We suggest combing through the units, looking at the expectations of your school/district/state, and deciding which activities would be best for your students.  We do NOT recommend printing class sets of everything, hoping to get to it all. Choose the things that you think YOUR students need, that will be most beneficial, and start there!  Several components can be used during stations, for morning work, or even as homework. Others you may choose to just set aside for another time or not use at all! That’s okay! We want this to work for you AND your students!

Do you have a year overview and planning guide?

Ⓐ:  Yes!  We sure do!  You can find the list of books for the year, the skills we are going to hit, and the standards (Common Core and TEKS) we will cover below!  Please note that as units are created we may switch things up a bit! The TEKS that the units are aligned to are the TEKS that were adopted in 2017 and will be put into place in 2019.  These are NOT aligned with the old TEKS.

Here is our COMPLETE Book List and Year Overview:

What is included in the first grade units

Ⓐ:  Each book unit (so 4 a month) will include:  

⇢Daily Lesson Plans for Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Phonics

⇢Book Question Cards for Classroom Discussion

⇢Comprehension Focus Digital Posters

⇢Comprehension Printables and/or Interactive Notebook Templates

⇢Comprehension Assessment for the Weekly Read Aloud

⇢Reading Passage with Questions

⇢Anchor Chart Templates

⇢Nonfiction Reader

⇢Nonfiction Activities

⇢Vocabulary Picture Cards with Word, Picture, Definition

⇢Vocabulary Writing Prompts or Activities

⇢Vocabulary Printables/Assessments

⇢Craft with Writing Pages

⇢Directed Drawing with Writing Pages

⇢Phonics Focus Digital Posters

⇢Phonics Printables/Activities

⇢Phonics Reading Passage

⇢Grammar Focus Digital Posters

⇢Grammar Printables/Activities

How are these units different from your 2nd and 3rd grade units?

Ⓐ:  We have followed the same format for 1st grade, but we have made it developmentally appropriate for a first grade classroom.  We do not choose read alouds that are on a first grade reading level because the teacher is reading the story to the class, and guiding their discussions, BUT the activities that correlate with the read aloud are first-grade appropriate.  We believe that books read aloud should vary in level so that ALL students benefit from the instruction. Here are some minor differences in the first grade units:

➧Lined Writing Pages

➧Many options for drawing or writing when responding to the text

➧Phonics Included

➧Directed Drawings have simplified steps and a starting page

➧Crafts are easy to cut and assemble

➧Vocabulary Cards have pictures

➧1st Grade appropriate activities, assessments, passages, and more

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