Rooted in Reading 1st Grade May Lesson Plans for Comprehension Grammar Phonics

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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 May:

Alligators and Crocodiles by Gail Gibbons

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Corwall

Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds

Naughty Mabel by Nathan Lane and Devin Elliot

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

**Please Note: The week of Alligators and Crocodiles is formatted differently. There is not grammar. There is a large focus on research instead: Research Printables, True/False, Fact, Opinion, Etc.

What is included in the MAY unit? Look below!

● Daily Lesson Plans for 4 Weeks

● Book Question Cards

● Reading Passages

● Comprehension Assessments

Comprehension Focuses:

Clarify Word Meaning

Synthesizing Information

Characters and Action

Purpose for Reading

Comprehension Printables/Interactive Notebooks:

Alligator and Crocodile Venn Diagram Flapbook

Pool Safety Flap-Ups

Life Cycle of a Chicken Graphic Organizer

Cats vs Dog Graphic Organizer

Figuring Out Unknown Words Printable

Unknown Words Writing Page

Using Synonyms and Antonyms to determine unknown words flap-ups

Putting it All Together Printable

Synthesizing Information Writing Page

Synthesizing Flap-Ups

Synthesizing projectable puzzle

Naughty Mabel Author’s Purpose Printable

Author’s Purpose Flap-Ups

Digging Deep: Character Traits Printable

Character Traits: Actions and Dialogue Printable

Character Traits Flap-Ups

Character Trait Passage with Text Evidence

Nonfiction Readers

Alligators vs Crocodiles

Swimming Pool Safety

Chickens and Some Facts to Brood About

Cats vs Dogs

●  Anchor Charts

Let’s Compare Alligators and Crocodiles

Reptile Research

Jabari Jumps Synthesizing

Swimming Pool Safety

Chicks and Salsa Describe Characters

The Life Cycle of a Chicken

Naughty Mabel: Describe Mabel

Comparing Cats vs Dogs

Vocabulary (for Jabari Jumps we used Growth Mindset Vocabulary that is displayed throughout the story rather than words from the book)

4-5 Vocabulary Picture Cards for each book

4-5 Vocabulary Writing Prompts

Vocabulary Sentences

Vocabulary Picture/Word Match

Directed Drawings (with writing pages)

Swimming Alligator

Child Swimming

Chick Hatching


Crafts (with writing pages)

Alligator/Crocodile with Open Mouth

Jabari jumping in water (or option for students to make themselves)


French Bulldog (main character: Mabel)

●  Phonics Focuses

Each week is a review week of phonics learned throughout the year. Students will review the blends, digraphs, and word families. The preview shows all of the word families and blends that are reviewed in this unit.

Phonics Activities for each week

Word Family Digital Posters

Blends Digital Posters

Word Family Spin and Color

Word Family Writing Practice

Word Family Fill in the Blank

Word Family Passage

Word Family Assessment

Research Activities

Research Websites

Alligator Announcement Graphic Organizer for research

Crocodile Craze Graphic Organizer for research

Crocodiles Can/Have/Are Flap-Ups or Flap-Book

True and False Digital Posters

True and False Sentence Cards

Fact and Opinion Digital Posters

Fact and Opinion Sort

American Alligator Paragraph for Fact and Opinion

Research Booklet: Students make an alligator or crocodile research booklet to share information learned throughout their research

●  Grammar:  Possessive Nouns

Possessive Nouns Digital Poster

Possessive Nouns Match

Possessive or Plural Nouns Sort

Possessive Nouns Booklet

Possessive Nouns Sentence Cards

Make Me Possessive Assessment

Grammar: Multiple Meaning Words

Homophone Picture and Word Cards

Homophone Digital Poster

Homophone Work-Mat

Homophone Match

Homophone Zone Sentence Cards

Homophone Flap-Book

Homophone Assessment

Grammar: Shades of Meaning with Verbs

Synonyms Digital Poster

Shades of Meaning Digital Poster

Shades of Meaning Paint Chip Cards

Synonym Match

Ordering Verbs Based on Shades of Meaning

Verb Flap-Book

Naughty Mabel Flap-Ups with Shades of Meaning

Shades of Meaning Assessment

Disclaimer About Rooted in Reading Books: We try our best to ensure that the books we select for our Rooted in Reading program will be available to you; however, we cannot guarantee any book's availability at any given time.

We encourage you to check multiple places for the books including but not limited to: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Scholastic, Thrift Books,, eBay, Abe Books, Half Price Books, Better World Books, and you can make a project on Donor's Choose or check them out from your public library.


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.

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

Total Pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).


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