Rooted in Reading 1st Grade October 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 October (In order of how we suggest teaching the books):

Hoot and Peep by Lita Judge

If Your Monster Won’t Go To Bed by Denise Vega

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca

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 OCTOBER unit?  Look below!

●Daily Lesson Plans for 4 Weeks

● Book Question Cards

● Reading Passages

● Comprehension Assessments

● Daily Deep Dive with Mentor Sentences

Comprehension Focuses:

Making Connections:  Connections to Characters, Connections to Self, Connections to World, Connections to Other Books

Retelling Key Details:  Characters, Setting, Important Events

Ask and Answer Questions

Rhyme and Rhythm

Elements of a Nonfiction Text

Making Connections to a Nonfiction Text

Comprehension Printables/Interactive Notebooks:

Connections to Hoot and Peep Survey

Connections to the World:  The World Should Learn…

Comparing Hoot and Peep to The Rainbow Fish

Owls Can Have Are Graphic Organizer

Retelling Key Details Flap-Ups

Retelling Bookmarks

Animal Facts Flap-Book

Pumpkins Can Have Are Printable

Scientist Flap-Book

Rhythm Printable

What I Hear Repeated Printable

Asking Questions Flap-Ups

Connection of Life and Ideas Layered Flap Book

Elements of Nonfiction Flap-ups

Facts About Temple Grandin Printable

Nonfiction Readers


Can I Look?  Creatures That Seem Scary But Really Aren’t

Perfect Pumpkins

Science Superstars

●  Anchor Charts

Let’s Make Connections to Characters

Let’s Learn About Owls

Sequencing How To Put a Monster to Bed

Marvelous and Monstrous Animals

Pumpkin Soup:  Our Questions, Our Answers

Let’s Talk About Pumpkins

What We Learned About Dr. Grandin

Fantastic Female Scientists


4-5 Vocabulary Picture Cards for each book

4-5 Vocabulary Writing Prompts

Vocabulary Sentences

Vocabulary Picture/Word Match

Directed Drawings (with writing pages)


Pumpkin or Jack-O-Lantern

Dr. Temple Grandin


Crafts (with writing pages)

Owl Craft

Pumpkin Booklet

Scientist Craft

Monster Craft

●  Phonics Focuses

-en word family and fl blend

-in word family and gl blend

-og word family and sk blend

-un word family and st blend

Phonics Activities for each week

Word Family Digital Poster

Word Family Slider

Word Family Picture and Word Cards

Word Family Sentence Scramble

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:  Onomatopoeias

Onomatopoeia Cards and Match


Illustrating with Onomatopoeias

Animal Onomatopoeias

Onomatopoeia Match

Grammar:  Adjectives

Adjectives Digital Poster

Adjectives Picture Cards and Bubble Map

Brainstorming Adjectives

Adjectives with Animals

Adjective Flap-Book

Adjective and Noun Word Sort

Adjective Test

●  Grammar:  Exclamatory Sentences

Exclamation Digital Poster

Exclamation Anchor Chart and Group Work

Exclamation Mark and Word Activity

Sentence Puzzles

I Know How to Punctuate Pocket Book

Punctuation Pick It

Grammar:  ABC Order

ABC Order Digital Poster

Cut, Order, and Glue

Order Up!

ABC Order Scoot

ABC Order Cut and Glue

Ordering Words


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).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.


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