Winter Reading/ Fluency with Coordinating Writing and Art

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1st, 2nd
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Do you want your students to learn to read and write like a scientist/ historian? This exemplary unit by Katie Knight contains everything you need to accomplish this and address: Common Core informational reading, all 3 text types of writing, and all with coordinating weekly art projects. The reading can be done as whole group shared reading, fluency, or as homework. After several reads of the passages, students have the vocabulary and strong foundation they need to make writing time a joy! My students never complain about writing because they have a mind full of ideas that they cannot wait to share. They crave the repeated experience of success with paper and pencil provided through use of the materials in this unit! Each of the writing units includes a pre-writing map that help children process their thinking and successfully and easily get their ideas on paper. Writing units also come with a prompt and a darling made-to-match 3 idea-paragraph "Quick Write". The "quick write" is brilliant and easy to grade too! Kids read the given topic sentence, write 1 idea, fact, or reason in each of three boxes and then they highlight their sense of closure! Quick, easy, smart. Writing can be published right off of the quick write page and onto cute "publish it" paper in a variety of line styles to suit your preferences. Also included, are Social Studies or Science quizzes for each passage! Quizzes can be used for a grade or used as a close reading opportunity! Quizzes are designed in true Common Core format with multiple correct answers, sequencing, free response, and labeling. Your heart and your grade book are going to be full as you and your students enjoy this unit! See every page including the darling art in the preview! Don't be shy, click that preview button!

This Unit Contains
→ 16 Science and Social Studies Reading Passages
→ 16 Quizzes for your grade book!
→ 16 Process of Thinking Maps
→ 16 Quick Writes
→ 16 Writing Tasks (informational, opinion, and narrative)
→ 16 Art Projects
→ 16 Bulletin board lettering phrases to match the art

Passages have been written to be VERY readable for your first graders with teacher support. This is not independent reading, rather it is fitting the Common Core Shared Reading and Informational Text Research piece. My students read the passage with me every morning for 2 minutes. They squeal with joy each Monday morning when I give them their new passage and show them the art, writing, and process of thinking maps!

The large unit is available in this one easy download or can be purchased separately one month at a time. Buying the bundle is a LARGE savings.


Week 1.
-Reading Passage : Is a Reindeer a Mammal? RI.1.2
-Writing- Informational/ Explanatory Text W.1.2

Week 2.
-Reading Passage: All About Trains-Polar Express RI.1.2
-Writing Real or imagined experiences: Gift giving W.1.3

Week 3.
-Reading Passage: How To Make Cocoa –CCSS Read How to books W1.7
-Writing: Opinion Piece W.1.7


Week 1
-Reading Passage : Why Do They Hibernate? RI 1.2
-Writing :Informational/ Explanatory Text W.1.2

Week 2
-Reading Passage: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. RI. 1.2
-Writing (W1.2 or 1.7) : Informational/ Explanatory Text, Events

Week 3
-Reading Passage: The Life of Rosa Parks RI.1.2
-Writing: Informational/ Explanatory Text, Events W.1.2 and W.1.7

Week 4
-Reading Passage: What is Ground Hog Day? RI.1.2
-Writing: Opinion Writing, Collaborative Graphing W1.1


Week 1
-Reading Passage: What is Chinese New Year RI.1.2
-Writing: Informational/ Explanatory Text, Events W1.2 and 1.3

Week 2
-Reading Passage: I Know How to Care For My Teeth RI.1.2
-Writing: Informational/ Explanatory Text, Sequential Instructions -W1.2 or W1.7

Week 3
-Reading Passage: The Life of George Washington RI.1.2
-Writing: Informational/ Explanatory Text W.1.2

Week 4
-Reading Passage: The Life of Abe Lincoln RI.1.2
-Writing: Informational/ Explanatory Text W.1.2

Bonus Activity

-Comparing Lincoln and Washington RI.1.3
- Writing Opinion Writing Piece W1.1


Week 1
-Reading Passage: “March Comes In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb” RI.1.2:
-Writing W1.1: Opinion Writing

Week 2
-Reading Passage: Solid, Liquid, Gas RI .1.2
-Writing: Informational/ Explanatory Text W.1.2

Week 3
-Reading Passage: Rainbows, Gold, and Leprechauns RI 1.2
-Writing: Informational/ Explanatory Text, Events W1.2 or W.1.7

Week 4
-Reading Passage: Making Shamrock Shakes RI.1.2
-Writing: Reading and Writing “How To” Passages W.1.7

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