Rooted in Reading 1st Grade March Lessons for Comprehension Grammar Phonics

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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 March:

Little Red and The Very Hungry Lion by Alex Smith

After the Fall by Dan Santat

The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

The Mermaid by Jan Brett

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 MARCH unit? Look below!

● Daily Lesson Plans for 4 Weeks

● Book Question Cards

● Reading Passages

● Comprehension Assessments

Comprehension Focuses:

Characteristics of a Folktale


Nursery Rhyme Text Structure


Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

Compare and Contrast Characters

Compare and Contrast Two Texts


Comprehension Printables/Interactive Notebooks:

Donut Fact Flap-Ups

Oviparous Animals Flap-Ups

Wolves Flap-Book

Sea Creatures Flap-Ups

3 Billy Goats Gruff Printable

Comparing Books Venn Diagram Flap-Book

Nursery Rhyme Trivia

Nursery Rhyme Printables

Plot Flap-Ups

The Ending Printable

Fairy Tale Printable

Describing the 3 Little Pigs Flap-Ups

Three Wolves Printable

Story Elements Flap-Ups

BME with Fairy Tales

Comparing and Contrasting Fairy Tales

Nonfiction Readers

“Donut” You Know? Tasty Facts about Donuts

Get Me Out of Here! Oviparous Animals

The Wolf

Magical Sea Creatures

●  Anchor Charts

Elements of a Folktale

Delicious and Delectable Donuts

Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme

Oviparous Animals

Let’s Compare Characters: The Three Pigs to the Three Wolves

All About Wolves

Let’s Compare Stories: Goldilocks and the Mermaid

Magical Sea Creatures


4-5 Vocabulary Picture Cards for each book

4-5 Vocabulary Writing Prompts

Vocabulary Sentences

Vocabulary Picture/Word Match

Directed Drawings (with writing pages)


Sea Turtle

Big Bad Pig

Mermaid Tail

Crafts (with writing pages)


Humpty Dumpty



●  Phonics Focuses

-ir word family and wh blend

-or word family and str blend

-er/urword family and scr blend

-ow/ou word family and spr 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:  Adverbs of Time

Digital Posters for Adverbs of Time

Adverb Cards

Putting Adverbs in Sentences

Adverb Yes or No Sentence Hunt

Adverb Flap-book

Adverb Hunt

Adverb Test

●  Grammar:  Conjunctions: and, but, or, so

Conjunctions Digital Poster

Conjunction Cards

Conjunctions in Sentences

Conjunction Match

Conjunction Flap-Up Sort

Which Conjunction is Correct? Sentence Hunt

Conjunction Assessment

Grammar: Commas in a Series

Commas in a Series Digital Poster

Commas in a Series Word Cards

Commas in a Series in Sentences

Sentence Cards

Commas in a Series Printable

Correct or Not? Sort

Commas in a Series Flap-Book

Commas in a Series Assessment

Grammar:  Compound Words

Compound Word Digital Posters

Compound Word Puzzles

Compound Word Flap-Book Sort

Compound Word Flap-Book

Name the Word Hunt

Compound Word 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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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


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