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Reading for Literature


Key Ideas and Details



1.  With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit At this web site the children first read the story alone or with the teacher from the Peter Rabbit website. Then they can do three activities:
    Activity 1. What's Going On?
    In this activity the children or adult can select hotspot regions on each picture. This prompts an on-screen question. Most are open type questions and are intended to create discussion.
    Activity 2. Picture order.
    In this activity children are required to recall the 9 images from the story and to put them in order.
    Activity 3. Word Order.
    This activity requires the children to place 3 simple words in the correct order to make a simple sentence.

2.  With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.

  1. Three Stories from the Little Animals Activity Center - The stories are read to students, and choices must be made during the story. Use these as whole class activities and ask for predictions.  The Butterfly Trail - (with sound) The Missing Pencil - (with sound) The Wishing Tree - (with sound)
  2. Bumper Cows - A version of the Simon Says game. Listen to the sequence and click on the correct order. Shockwave needed.
  3. I Can Wash Dishes - The pictures on this sheet are supposed to tell a story but are in the wrong order. 
  4. Sequencing pictures in time order - Drag the pictures into the correct sequence order. (3 sets of pictures)
  5. Story Scramble - Read words, or click on the speaker to hear them, and them drag them into correct order.
  6. Story Sequencing Pictures - Print pictures and use the pictures to have your students tell a story - Baking Cookies | Fruit (Nutrition) | Mommy Bird | Pooh Bear | Hungry Caterpillar
  7. Picture Sentences - (Scroll past the membership information) Online worksheets. Can be used as a class teaching tool. Look at the picture. Tell which sentence tells about the picture. Good for beginning readers. Also a section on Look and Write. Look at the picture and write a sentence that describes the picture.
  8. The Old Lady-poem in rebus form from Enchanted Learning


3.  With prompting & support, identify characters, settings, & major events in a story.

  1. Books for Young Children -These books are on line. They are fun to read and some very good stories.
  2. Tale of Peter Rabbit – Click on What’s Going On and then answer questions about each picture.
  3. Story Time -At this great web site the students can read five stories (as illustrated web pages or downloaded in MS Reader format). Along with the stories are printable worksheets for the students to complete which cover the characters, setting, and sequencing of the story.
  4. Digital Books and Questions for Review

    1. Foxes Birthday Party Questions
    2. Cat Lunch Questions
    3. Animal Friends Questions
    4. This Pig Questions

    5. What animal is it

    6. Fox Helps Hen


    7. At the Party



Craft and Structure



4.  Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.


5.  Begin to demonstrate an understanding of the differences between fantasy and reality (e.g.,talking flowers & animals).

  1. Songs and poems- for many theme areas in addition to finger plays.
  2. Fictional Characters Realistic or Fantasy Activity Using Kidspiration the students will be asked to sort a group of pictures into Super Groupers labeled "Realistic Characters" or "Fantasy Characters."

6.  With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.


Integration of Knowledge and Ideas



7.  With prompting & support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

  1. It's Bath Time - Choose the appropriate images from a selection of three, to help the kid get his bath started.

8.  With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.


Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity



10. Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding; participate in the recitation of books, poems, chants, songs and nursery rhymes.

  1. Read Along Stories and Songs! -On this website you will find many stories and songs that may be read to you.  You can follow along with the words written below the pictures.


Reading Standards for Informational Text


Key Ideas and Details



1.  With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


2.  With prompting & support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.


3.  With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.


Craft and Structure



4.  With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.


5.  Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.

  1. Education Place -Pre-K–8 resources for teachers, students, and parents. Includes Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Intervention, Professional Development, activities, games, and textbook support.

6.  Name the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information in a text.


Integration of Knowledge and Ideas



7.  With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).


8.  With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.


9.  With prompting and support, identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).


Range of Reading and Level of Text




10. Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.



Reading Strand: Foundational Skills


Print Concepts



1.  Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

  1. Alphabet Letter Match - Match lower case with upper case letters.
  2. Letter order -This is a cute movie on the alphabet
  3. Alphabet- Matching Upper and lower case letters
  4. Alphabet Game- Round One-Student drags lower case letters to uppercase letters to match. Round Two- reverse process. Round Three- Drag letters to correct alphabetical order.
  5. Match the Letters - Find the letter that matches the letter on the right and type it.
  6. Memory Match - Match capital to small letters in the concentration game style to reveal a surprise picture. As matches are made they are reinforced on a chalkboard, writing down the matches so the student can go back and read the matches later.
  7. Smart Board Lesson Created by: Miss Holly Logan SB
  8. Fairy Alphabet - video on the Alphabet 1 min 32 seconds
  9. Cute alphabet - video on the Alphabet 1 min 10 seconds
  10. Cookie Monster Choose this website to find things that start width certain letters. 4 Star
  11. ABC Adventure- Fill in the missing letters of the alphabet.
  12. ABCs -Get ready to read by first learning how each letter of the alphabet sounds.
  13. Alphabet Zoo Match animals starting with lowercase letters to their habitats labeled in uppercase letters.
  14. Language Arts Kindergarten Activities: Download activities for Students to work at home. 4 Star


a.  a.  Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.

b.  b.  Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.

c.  c.  Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.

d.  d.  Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

Phonological Awareness



2.  Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

  1. Smart Board Lesson SB created by Kristine Young
  2. Quiz Created by: Colleen Boros
  3. Rhyming Words Video- This video will help teach rhyming words.
  4. Poem Pack - Ten colorful poems with animation, audio and activities - featuring Daisy the snail, the toad and the goat, and friends. Read it, Hear it, search for sounds, and find words concentrating on vowel blends.
  5. Concentration-style matching game- from Quia - 8 pairs of rhyming words to match
  6. Rhymes - from Little Animals Activity Centre - Digby Mole's Word games (choose level 1, 2, or 3)
  7. Rhyme Time - match the word with the image it rhymes with  (sound effects only)
  8. Rhyming Words - Many choices to select from. Click on the word that rhymes with the picture - Audio help is given.
  9. Digby's Rhyming game In this game a cute mole named Digby gives the child a word and the child needs to pick another word on the screen that rhymes with it.
  10. On Line Quiz -Rhyming Words Created by : Kimberly Moellenbeck
  11. Smart Board Lesson -Created by Miss Holly Logan SB
  12. Match beginning sound -Type in the beginning sound of each picture.
  13. Working on Words -This site will allow you to use smart board technology to learn new words. SB
  14. Pounce on the Word that Matches the Sound - Students hear a word and click on the CVC word they sound out that matches the word that was said.
  15. Musical Worms -This site allows worms to help you learn how to spell.

a.  a.  Recognize and produce rhyming words.

b.  b.  Hear sounds in words by isolating the syllables of a word using snapping, clapping or rhythmic movement (e.g., cat, ap-ple).

c.  c.  Recognize when words share phonemes (sounds) and repeat the common phoneme (e.g., /b/ as in Bob, ball, baby; /t/ as in Matt, kite, boat).

d.  d.  Differentiate between sounds that are the same and different (e.g., environmental sounds, animal sounds, rhyming words).   

Phonics and Word Recognition



3.  Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

  1. Activity sheets (c-v-c words) find the missing letter; n, g, d, m, p, a, e, i, o, and u
  2. More Activity sheets (c-v-c words) practice the following; n, g, d, m, p, a, e, i, o, and u
  3. CVC words - Student interact with a robot to spell the words correctly using the right vowel sound.
  4. Magic Pencil - see, and hear, animation of c-v-c words using the following; n, g, d, m, p, a, e, i, o, and u
  5. Put it on the Shelf - Sound out CVC words and match with correct picture. 4 Star
  6. SeeNSpell- Short Vowels - Spell out the CVC word that names the picture. Self-check the answers.
  7. Whirlyword Machine - a 'fruit machine' that makes 3 letter CVC words (3 levels of play)
  8. The Whirlyword Machine -The Whirlyword Machine is a 'fruit machine' that makes 3 letter C-V-C words. Choose Level 1 to create rhyming words. Spin the first reel to make new words that use the same word ending. Decide if each new word is a real word or not. If you are correct, the word is collected and added to one of your lists.
  9. Vowels save the day This is a cute movie on vowels
  10. Short Vowel Take Home Cards - Print these out for your students! Great practice for homework or school work!
  11. Write a Postcard - Help Salty Sam with his vowels. In the first sentence, click on the focus phonemes. When you have got them all right, the next sentence appears but this time there are gaps in the words. Drag the vowel phoneme with the correct spelling into the gap in the word. 
  12. See 'N Spell - Students click and drag letters into the box to spell the words that correspond to the pictures. A very good activity with many skills such as plurals, long vowels, short vowels, blends and digraphs.
  13. No Excuse Words (Easy, Level 1) A You will find a lesson using Smart Board technology. Students will work in an ant farm to help learn their words. SB
  14. No Excuse Words (Easy, Level 2) B You will find a lesson using Smart Board technology. Students will work in an ant farm to help learn their words. SB
  15. No Excuse words Hard, Level 2 You will find lesson using Smart Board technology. Students will work in an ant farm to help learn their words. SB

a.  Demonstrate a beginning understanding of links between letters and sounds.

b.  b.  Identify own name in print.

c.  c.  Recognize and “read” familiar words or environmental print (e.g., McDonalds, Bob Evans).  


Writing Standards


Text Types and Purposes



1.  Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or name of the book they are writing about & state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is...)

  1. Illustrate your own story- This web page will allow you to printout a story and you create your own illustrations to go with it. Fun activity
  2. Harold and the Purple Crayon - drawing activity, similar to the popular KidPix.

2.  Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/ explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

  1. Picture Sentences - (Scroll past the membership information) Online worksheets. Can be used as a class teaching tool. Look at the picture. Tell which sentence tells about the picture. Good for beginning readers. Also a section on Look and Write. Look at the picture and write a sentence that describes the picture.

3.  Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened


Production and Distribution of Writing



4.   With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.



5.  With guidance & support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce & publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

  1. Graphic Organizers - Great resource for sheets on organizing information.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge



7.  Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).


8.  With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

  1. Tell Your Own Neighborhood Story - Click on three pictures and then make your own story.
    What would happen first, next, and last?

9.  (Begins in grade 4)



Speaking and Listening Standards


Comprehension and Collaboration



1.  Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.


a.  a.  Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others & taking turns speaking about the topics & texts under discussion).

b.  b.  Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.

  1. Listen and Follow Directions - Spatial Concepts activity. Good whole class activity and then center activity.
  2. Tina's World Buggy Trails In this cute animated game, the student is instructed by Tina to look in three places in a particular order to search for bugs. There are ten rounds with different places to search in each one, and a different cute bug to find.

2.  Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.

  1. Book Pals -Don't just read a story; hear it read to you by actress and actors from the screen actors guild. On line streaming video with many special affects. This is a fantastic website for kids of all ages. 4 Star
  2. Read along Stories You will find Stories that will be read to young children 3 Star

3.  Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.


Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas



4.  Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.


5.  Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.


6.  Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.



Language Standards


Conventions of Standard English



1.  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. 

a. Print letters of own name and other meaningful words with assistance using mock letters and/or conventional print; begin to demonstrate letter formation in “writing.”

b. Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.

c. Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes).

d. Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).

e. Use the most frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, of, by, with).

f. Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.


  1. Handwriting For Kids - Practice sheets for K and 1st grade writing. Sheets include single letters, letter blends, common words such as days of the week, months of the year, number words, color words and much, much more!
  2. YoungMinds Handwriting Practice - These sheets may be printed and reproduced by parents, guardians, and teachers for home or classroom use only.
  3. Monkey Business In this cute online game, the student has to help a monkey make it through the jungle to his bananas, by putting together boards for bridges that have words written on them. The words need to make a sentence when assembled. The animation is excellent and very fun for kids.
  4. Writing the Alphabet - Zaner-Bloser letters, showing student how to form letters, capital and small with tablet line placement. Scroll down on this page to find the Writing the Alphabet link. Click on the word Play.
  5. Dynamic Tracer Pages - Modern Manuscript (D'Nealian) or Standard (Zaner-Bloser) Font
  6. Tracer Pages - alphabet sheets, colors sheets, and numbers sheets
  7. Tracing Paper - Type in your child's name or any word. The program automatically opens a new window and then fills the page of the name or words to be printed out and traced.
  8. ABC Tracing Pages This website for teacher has cute printable handouts to teach children how to print upper and lower case letters.

2 I2. Indicate an awareness of letters that cluster as words, words in phrases or sentences by use of spacing, symbols or marks.




a.  3  Scribble familiar words with mock letters and some actual letters (e.g., Mom, child’s name).


Vocabulary Acquisition and Use



4.   4.  Determine the meaning of unknown words with assistance or cues from an adult (e.g., providing a frame of reference, context or comparison).



5.  With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

a.  a.  Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

b.  b.  Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).

c.  c.   Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at school that are colorful).

d.  d.  Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings.

  1. Internet Picture Dictionary - browse by letter or category
  2. Little Explorers Picture Dictionary with links. Some of the links are pages to color, every entry has a link to a definition. The site also has a link to classroom activities that use Little Explorers.
  1. Memory Cards - Find matching pictures of the sun, moon, stars and comets.
  2. Memory Cards - Find matching pictures of colorful bugs.
  3. Memory Cards - Find matching pictures of apples, pears, grapes, and peaches.
  4. Connect to the world -This is a fun game that will allow you to compete with the computer using a deck of cards. Much Fun

6.  6.  Recognize and demonstrate an understanding of environmental print.


7  7.  Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.



8 8.  Demonstrate or orally communicate position and directional words (e.g., inside, outside, in front of, behind).