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Our state (Tennessee) is moving to the Interactive Read Aloud model as a component of our ELA instruction very soon.  I have been using them for the past two years in kindergarten and first grade.  I love that you can cover so many standards within each lesson, and I LOVE introducing my students to such quality literature at the same time!  At first, I was concerned that students would grow tired of hearing the same text over and over, but it was just the opposite.  (Plus, you don't read the whole text everyday.)    Students became so engaged and attached to the books I used, that they wanted to hear them over and over again.  They even wanted to borrow them during independent reading time.  If you asked them for their favorite book titles, it was inevitably one of the books they heard during the interactive read aloud.  

I felt like I wasn't going deep enough in my read aloud instruction, so this summer, I read lots of research and decided to start creating my own.  It's a huge task, but I am loving it!  I feel like it has given me a greater grasp on choosing complex text and making sure I cover all the things that my first graders need to be successful readers.  

The purpose of this post is to take you through what an interactive read aloud lesson looks like and what it looks like over the span of the week.  I always like to see what it looks like in other teachers' classrooms, so here we go into mine!  And I know that creating interactive read aloud lessons is very time consuming.  That's why I have created this series of lessons.  Hopefully, they will save you lots of time and energy that you can then use to teach your little ones.

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

Tennessee now uses the TN Ready standards rather than Common Core, but they are almost identical.   I included both sets of standards within each month's pacing guides, along with a summary of the main skills or strategies covered with each read aloud. 

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready        first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

Not only are we expected to teach the Literature and Informational text standards, but we also have to cover the speaking and listening standards, as well as the vocabulary acquisition standards.  I included a checklist of those standards,  along with student grade sheets for both TN Ready and Common Core.

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

Each unit includes posters for the skills and strategies covered.  I have a reading bulletin board in my room where I hang these for the strategies covered that day.  I keep the rest close by, so that they can easily be changed out when needed.  I also have a mini-pocket chart where I store the vocabulary cards for the week.  (A vocabulary instruction card is included that shows you the specific steps to take to teach each vocabulary word."

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

And, of course, I had to include some interactive anchor charts!  I show you how to print them as posters in Adobe.  We complete these together to make them interactive.

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

I print the weekly lesson plans the week prior to that read aloud.  I like to print on Astrobrights so that I can do a different color for each day.  

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

I also print the questions that I ask during reading on sticky notes to match the color of the plans.  This way, I am not having to refer to that piece of paper for my questions.  I can just use my sticky note!  The questions included for each day hit all of Bloom's Taxonomy's levels.  The questions also progress each day from covering Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and finally, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas.

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

You don't want to focus on solely one strategy during a read aloud.  I might refer to one heavily, but I am hitting lots of others, too.  At the end of the week, I give an assessment that assesses that skill I focused on more heavily than the others and include it at the top.

Let's break down what a lesson looks like for one day.  I always start with something that gets their attention!  It might be a song related to our theme for the week.  I might do a little activity related to the strategies or skills we are practicing that day, like the inferencing bag below.  It's always something to get everyone excited and engaged!  We then do our I can statement and cover or review our vocabulary for the week.  I include in the unit the steps I take to teach the vocabulary.  Vocabulary is a crucial component of the read aloud, so it's important that you hit it each day.

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready


first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

We then move into the actual read aloud.  On day one, you do not want to stop very much.  I usually have students make predictions or visualize.  They really want to just hear the story at that point.  But on other days, there is lots of questioning, partner talk, and think alouds during reading.  

After reading, students always respond in their journal.  I use this time to assess their understanding of the standard and to incorporate some language instruction.  It also gives me insight into how they are interpreting the text.  (It's very easy to differentiate during this component, which I love.)  I usually have them write independently.  Afterwards, we get with a partner and share our thoughts.  They discuss what is the same and what is different.  Lots of higher order thinking going on!

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

Afterwards, we wrap up our lesson and discuss what we did that day.  We also talk about what tomorrow's read aloud will look like.  Finally, we finish up with an exit ticket.  Usually, I have it displayed on my PowerPoint and they respond on a sticky note or a whiteboard.  Nothing fancy!  

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

Friday, or the last day, of the unit looks a little different, since we take the assessment.  I also always include something fun to do related to the theme.  It might include a craft, an art piece, a STEM challenge, or a science experiment.  Of course, you don't have to do that on Friday.  You could include it on any day of the read aloud.  

I am still working on a storage plan.  So far, I am organizing in binders.  But I may move to clear file storage bins.  I am knee deep in MISSION ORGANIZATION!  Lol!

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready             first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready             first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready
first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready

August Interactive Read Aloud Lessons are posted!  September will be posted by July 31st.  I will always try to have each unit posted one month before it is needed.  I will also post it on sale for a short time, so be sure to follow my store and Instagram so that you can a notification as soon as it is posted!  I hope these help with your read aloud instruction and make this a favorite part of your day!  

first grade interactive read aloud lessons common core TN Ready











making predictions

We, as teachers, are always stopping while reading to ask students what is going to happen next.  We want students to be able to stop and monitor their understanding of the text.  This will, in turn, help with their comprehension of the story.  I wanted to stop in today to share some new resources I am using in my classroom to help students with this strategy.

making predictions

I always like to start by introducing the strategy of the week with an anchor chart.  Did you know you can print poster-size anchor charts from Adobe??!!  This anchor chart is in my Making Predictions Pack, along with the directions on how to print posters from home or school.  I also print mini-anchor charts for my students to put in their reading journals.  We, together, create our anchor chart for the week.  I usually use a read aloud as an example to add to our anchor chart so that I can model using the strategy.  Students complete their own little anchor charts with me.  This, my friends, is such a powerful tool for my students to anchor their thinking and take ownership of our anchor charts.  :)

making predictions

I also have this little poster I hang as a reminder during read to self and partner for students.  

Students can be very apprehensive about making predictions.  We know that they do not want to guess the wrong prediction, so it's important to have that conversation with them that it's okay to not always be right.  We want them to feel comfortable using clues from the text to make their best predictions, along with their schema.  Sometimes it's fun to be surprised by the author!  I know that this book is perfect for encouraging students to make predictions in that safe environment.

making predictions

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson is a darling book that not only is perfect for practicing the strategy of making predictions, but it also teaches the importance of kindness.  I like to stop during the reading and ask students what they think is in Enemy Pie?  Do you think he's really going to give it to his enemy?  I have students record their prediction on top of the pie in the craft below.  You may want them to write their prediction with a pen, marker, or crayon, because they often want to change their prediction after finding out what actually happened. ;)  

making predictions

making predictions

After reading, they record what was actually in the pie underneath the flap.  It's such a cute story and fun little craft that your students will love!

making predictions

At the end of the lesson, I showed this Pixar clip of Ormie the Pig.  I stopped at 2:38 and asked students to predict whether or not Ormie was going to get the cookies this time.  I gave them the option of a picture or words. 
making predictions

They recorded their prediction on an exit ticket and placed it in the Prediction Pail.  I found this idea at Kindergarten Boom Boom.  It was just adorable and super fun!

making predictions

You can click the image below for this freebie label for you and your teammates.
making predictions

These are the exit tickets I used throughout the week.  I switched it up each day and we threw them in the prediction pail or clipped on our round up clips.

making predictions

making predictions

I also have students participate in a cooperative group activity.  If time is an issue for you, you could have them do this during small group instruction or even during centers.  It would also be a great early finisher activity students could easily grab and work on.

I create 3 or 4 case files like the one below and fill each with graphic organizers and a book or passage.  

Students read the book or passage inside and complete the graphic organizer together.  The first time I do this unit, I like to use all picture books.  When I do this unit again, I might vary it with other books and passages.  The great thing about my predictions pack is that you can use it over and over throughout the year.  There are too many activities to fit in one week.

I like to give them a page to stop at with a prediction question in the file.  It gives them a purpose and keeps them focused.  It's the "CASE" they have to solve!  After reading, they record what actually happened.  

making predictions

making predictions

I also use this graphic organizer all throughout the week.  I love to stick them in a Smart Pal to reuse again and again.  

making predictions

Another day, just to switch it up, we used this interactive notebook template to record predictions about If You Took a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff.

making predictions

The following day, we read If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff focusing a little bit more on the clues students use from the text or illustrations to make predictions.

making predictions

making predictions

making predictions

These little mini-booklets are great to throw in a Read to Self tub for students to practice the strategy independently.

making predictions

And finally, my littles LOVE bookmarks!  Like, can't get enough!  These will help them remember to stop and predict while reading independently.  

making predictions

You can check out this unit by clicking the images below.  You can also check out my Interactive Anchor Charts below if you think that is something that might benefit you.  It makes it much easier for me to have my anchor charts ready to print and go each week.

making predictions 

making predictions


making predictions

Thanks for stopping by, friends!  Have a great break!

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Welcome to my farmhouse inspired classroom!  I have been wanting to post a classroom reveal since school started, but things just got crazy.  I moved to a new district and new grade level this year, so I felt like I needed to take that time to get readjusted.  Sadly, this poor little blog suffered because of it.  But I am so excited to be back and share my home away from home.  That was the feeling and look I was going for with this classroom.  I am a huge fan girl of Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines and the farmhouse style, so I wanted that to be reflected in my classroom.  But I also wanted it to be a fun, inviting place for my first graders, so I blended the two.  Let's go on a tour around my classroom!

Farmhouse Classroom Decor

This is the view as you walk into the door.  I wanted to use a mostly black and white color scheme, but I have lots of yellow, green, and blue supplies and storage pieces so I had to incorporate those colors, as well.

Shiplap Classroom

The first thing that catches everyone's eye is the classroom library.  It's the most coveted area in the classroom for my students.  They are in LOVE with the teepee!  And so am I!  I picked it up at Target on clearance.  I have my books sorted by guided reading levels in this area.  There are also some other tubs with themed books.  Students keep their own book bins in this area, too.  

Shiplap Classroom

Shiplap Classroom

I loved that this classroom still had the original chalkboards.  They went perfectly with the theme, so I had to keep them.  They are magnetic and great for hanging my anchor charts.  I picked up these clips from Target and hot glued them to magnets.  These posters are from my Reading Ready unit.

Shiplap Classroom

There is no closet in my classroom, so I have fabric around all of the tables to hide stored items.  I just hot glued the fabric to the edges of the tables.  I also hot glued the hems.  Hot glue is my best friend!  

This is my small groups table in the corner with my teacher desk.  I store all of my small group materials in the shelf to the right.  

Shiplap Classroom

There is a bulletin board directly behind the table, where I hang small anchor charts related to what we are working on at that time.  I also hung this reading strategy banner above to refer to during guided reading.

Reading Strategies Posters

This area is my calendar and number of the day board.  I also hang the interactive anchor chart for the day here.  This is from the first day of school, so it looks a little different.  The board on the right is covered with wrapping paper.

Shiplap Classroom Calendar Number of the Day

Calendar

Shiplap Classroom

Here is a little snapshot of our mailboxes.  I like filing student work in a crate because it's portable.  I picked up the hanging file folders from Amazon.

Student Mailboxes

This is one of my favorite areas!  I love the alphabet banner on the polka dot ribbon and that my number line looks framed.  I put my number posters and alphabet on the floor for easy student access.

Shiplap Numbers Shiplap Alphabet

I use this laundry basket from Target for anchor chart storage.

Shiplap Classroom Anchor Chart Storage

This metal shelf was just not cute.  I was running out of time and energy to paint it.  I ended up just hot gluing burlap to the sides and border around the edges.  I also added some washi tape to the shelves.  It made all the difference!

Shiplap Classroom

Shiplap Classroom

My new teacher friend made this print for me.  It was customized to fit with the farmhouse decor.  I am just amazing by her hand lettering talent!  And the quote was just perfect!  You can check out her Facebook page Paper Dot Ink HERE.

Shiplap Classroom

My word work area is up front in this area.  I post the words of the week in a pocket chart.  They have different options of how to practice those words, play dough, typing, games, magnets, and more.  It's a super easy center to manage for me since I just change out the words each week.  I use the clips to hang the anchor charts we make related to the rule that week.

Shiplap Classroom

This pocket chart is what I use for learning center organization.  I took this pic before I put my rotation cards up.  I am in LOVE with the black anchor charts!   The storage drawers below hold my math tubs.  I lined the drawers with scrapbook paper.  If you cut a piece in half, it fits perfectly in the drawers. :)

Shiplap Classroom

My windows are lined with bulletin board border.  It really ties the whole room together!  The curtains are actually fadeless paper that I doubled up.  I outlined them in border, too.  I found the little burlap bunting at Target on clearance.  

Shiplap Classroom

This is my writing center.  I love the peg board from Target Dollar Spot!  It holds prompt cards (from The First Grade Parade) and crayons in the cute little buckets.  I covered this table in fabric, too, for extra storage below.  I am hoping to go to Ikea soon to pick up some stools for this table.  

Shiplap Classroom

My word wall and computer center are at the back of the room.  The word wall letters are in my Farmhouse Decor Pack and the black burlap ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.  The little Mason Jar numbers below the word wall hold student work.  

Shiplap Classroom

That was a little peek into my farmhouse classroom!  Pretty much everything printable you saw was from my Farmhouse Decor Bundle.  I am slowly breaking it apart and selling items separately.  You can click on any of the pics to take a look at it if you are interested in redecorating your room for that farmhouse, shiplap look.

Shiplap Classroom

Shiplap Classroom

As always, thank you for stopping by!