Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Just dropping in to share August's Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for the following books:  Those Shoes, What Do You Do With a Problem?, The Dot, and The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes.  I love incorporating Interactive Read Alouds, because they allow us to teach a broad range of standards.  You can't cover an ELA standard once, and expect your students to automatically master it.  These allow you to continue to continually revisit it.  If you would like to learn more about Interactive Read Alouds, this article from Reading Rockets does a great job of explaining its components and the WHY.  You will find that each week’s read aloud below will cover several standards, but I focus more heavily on a specific one each week while also including the others.  Each read aloud is designed to cover five days but can be condensed to four depending on your schedule.  All of my read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables.  This month is all about GROWTH MINDSET.  Let's take a look at what my interactive read aloud looks like!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

I always have an anchor chart that focuses on the main standard for the week.  The first week of August is all about retell of key details, so this will be the anchor chart I use.  I print it as a poster in Adobe, which prints it very large on four pieces of paper.  You can then trim it up and tape it together to make a large poster.  We then laminate it, so that I can reuse it throughout the week and for the following years.  Since it is interactive, I can or students can add to it throughout the week and erase as needed.

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

We will just focus on Those Shoes in today's post.  I always include 3-4 vocabulary words to explicitly teach.  Other vocabulary that may be unknown in the text will only be implicitly taught.  The words above I display in a pocket chart.  I have a routine that I follow that you can find with the unit to teach these words.

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

These sticky notes might be my favorite!  The questioning in the read aloud progresses throughout the week.  We progress from key ideas and details to craft and structure, and then finally to integration of knowledge and ideas types of questions.  The questions can be printed on sticky notes to stick inside your read aloud.  You are now ready to go throughout the week!  No planning!  My friend had the idea to turn the sticky notes sideways when printing.  That way, you can cut the questions apart and place them on the pages in which you will ask the questions!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Each week includes a 5-day set of scripted lesson plans.  On day one, we read through the whole text as you can see above.  But throughout the rest of the week, we will only read parts of the book that refer to that day's task.  I include everything you need to do before, during, and after reading the text.  The exit ticket component can be a written or verbal response.  I find that a lot of times, I just wrap up my lesson with a partner talk referring to the exit ticket.  

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

One of the most difficult parts of planning an Interactive Read Aloud are the daily tasks.  The daily tasks all build upon one another to finally prepare students to complete their culminating task.  The daily task is almost always a written journal response.  I try to include multiples on a page to help you save paper and copies.  We all know those copies are precious!

I am all about making my Interactive Read Aloud engaging!  This month, there are a couple of crafts included, which you can see in the listing.  You can also see the Kind Kid hat that we made below.  They all pair with a task, so you won't get in trouble for doing a craft!  ;)

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!


Lots of teachers requested that I also include a multiple choice test over the story.  This test  assesses the focus standard for the week.  This is great test prep, too, since they will begin taking standardized tests in second grade.

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!


Finally, we integrate some language instruction in through a mentor sentence.  The one above is mine that I display.  Students will get a set of the sentence's words to glue in their journal.  We highlight specific parts of the sentence, such as nouns and verbs.  Sometimes, we add details.  We always add an illustration to match our sentence.

You can check out August's Interactive Read Aloud Lesson's below, or you can save BIG below with the bundle for the entire year.  Thanks for stopping by!  I would love to hear from you!  Do you incorporate interactive read alouds into your literacy block?  

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!


Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!








Do you struggle remembering every single component of your lesson?   Does your administration conduct unannounced observations?  In Tennessee, we have unannounced observations as a part of our evaluation model.  So, I feel like I really need to be extra prepared each day to meet each component of our evaluation rubric.  Not only am I thinking about a possible observation, I am also thinking about high-quality, engaging instruction for my students.  The way I now structure my lessons promotes much deeper thinking opportunities, effective partner talk, and meaningful tasks.  To make sure I hit all components necessary for high-quality instruction, I plug everything into PowerPoint lessons.  It's a little extra time up front, but it will save your sanity throughout the week.  I will, however, include some time-saving tips at the end of the post.  I'll take you through a sample lesson of my Interactive Read Aloud, since that is what I plan for my grade level.


I always open the lesson by touching on what I taught the previous day and tying it to today's lesson.  I then take my students through the flow of the lesson, so that they know exactly to expect.  I took my Flow Cards and took screenshots of each.  I then inserted them as a picture onto the slide.  I always include this slide, but the cards may need to be moved depending on the lesson.  By taking a screenshot of each one, they are free to move around.  


Next, we state the learning goal.  I always have my students echo me and I may add a motion to what we are saying to help it really stick.  The learning goal is what I expect them to accomplish by the end of the unit or week.


This next part has been a game changer in my classroom.  What does it look like to be successful?  Our admin wanted us to begin adding success criteria to our lessons.  I knew that this would be much more meaningful and effective for our first graders if they had a visual.  So, I take a screenshot of our daily task that I ultimately use for assessment and insert that into this slide.  Depending on the task, I might give a sample of what I am looking for.  Sometimes, I only explain what the expectation is.  But I always make sure the expectation is clear, and I include how they can extend their learning by exceeding that expectation.  We grade on a 1-4 rubric scale, so I always tie it to that, which really works for my students.  You can see some examples from this particular read aloud of my success criteria.  





I am a big believer in singing songs in the classroom!  I seriously sing everything now after teaching kindergarten.  On my Ready to Learn slide, I insert some sort of song or video to relate to the standard or to build background knowledge.  You can insert a screenshot of the video, right click the image, insert hyperlink, and paste the link to the video.  It makes it so much easier to access the videos that I need for a particular lesson.



The anchor chart slide includes an image of the anchor chart we are using that week or posters that go along with the standard.  I always insert text boxes with questions that I need to remember to ask the students that relate to real-life and to make connections to prior learning and other subjects.


Sometimes for the read aloud slide, I insert a link within the story title to the story online, depending on the lesson.  This is mainly just here to let me know it's time to read the story.  This is where I fit in lots of turn and talks and all of my text-dependent questioning.  I print my questions on sticky notes, so I can just refer to those within my book.


After the read aloud, we move into independent practice.  We almost always have a daily task that we complete in our journal.  I always differentiate for my students at this point.  I go to those students individually who may need additional help and to those who need that extra extension to push their learning a little further.  Journals are such an easy way to make sure differentiation is occurring during your lesson.


After students complete their daily task, we ALWAYS share with a partner.  I have them stand face to face with their ketchup/mustard partner.  I remind them to share their response, discuss what is the same and different, and to use their accountable talk.  Once they are finished sharing, they sit down.  This is probably the most powerful part of the whole lesson!  They learn so much from one another.  If there's a misconception, it usually gets fixed right here by the students!


We always do some sort of exit ticket.  This may be on a sticky note or on their whiteboards.  Sometimes, it's just a turn and talk.  This is my final assessment piece of the lesson.  And really quickly, I have them do a self-evaluation with their thumbs.


It's so important to wrap up your lesson.  I heard a speaker explain it once as compared to a filing cabinet.  If you do not close the drawer, the information will just come right back out.  You have to close that drawer (your lesson) to retain the new learning.  On the last slide, I just review what we did that day related to the learning goal and tie it to what we will be doing the next day.


Another colleague on my team plans the math for our team.  She also uses my PowerPoint templates.  Here are a few examples from her unit on 2D shapes.  I like how she puts the questioning on one of the slides.  For reading, they are printed on sticky notes, so I don't add it to our slides, but you totally could!





You can check out the EDITABLE Lesson Pacing Slides below!  I hope they can help you in your classroom, too!!!





Be prepared for every lesson with these EDITABLE PowerPoint slides.  Plug in all components of your instruction prior to each week to create lessons that will leave you feeling prepared and ready for an observation. The way I now structure my lessons promotes much deeper thinking opportunities, effective partner talk, and meaningful tasks.  | Lesson Pacing | education









morning meeting for first grade

Morning Meeting is one of my favorite parts of the day.  We have to start our day with it, or our day just isn't quite the same.  Morning meeting is the time in which we start our day on a positive note, share with one another, go over what's happening that day, review rules and expectations, complete calendar, sing, and spiral review.  It's packed full of fun!

morning meeting for first grade

I have morning meeting files for ten months of the year, August through May.  I will take you through the May Morning Meeting just to give you an idea of what we do in my classroom.

morning meeting for first grade

I get lots of questions about how I display my morning meetings, since they are digital files.  I do not have a SMART board, sadly.  I just have a PC and a projector that projects onto a regular screen.  My files are all PowerPoint files, so they are easily editable.  There are slides that you may want to write on.  So, what you can do is freeze the image with your remote and write on it that way if you have a Mobi like I have above.  Or you could project it onto your dry erase board and write that way.  You may have a way better idea though!

morning meeting for first grade

We always start our morning meeting by telling each other "hello" and by sharing positive thoughts or something from the night before.  I choose a student to go over our whole brain classroom rules.  We also go over one of the essentials from Ron Clark's Essential 55.  Afterwards, we sing our monthly song!  I always have a themed song linked, as well, in the bottom corner.

morning meeting for first grade

We do calendar during this time, too.  It's a link to Starfall's calendar, so it's interactive.  You can add student birthdays, special events, and who lost a tooth to that calendar.  The students love getting to be apart of creating our calendar!

morning meeting for first grade

I choose a meteorologist each day to check the weather outside.  I choose by randomly pulling out a student number from this little bucket.  Green side up means I haven't yet chosen those students.  Red side up means they have already been chosen.  They take my karaoke microphone to the door to give their weather report to the class.  They take this job very seriously!  There's also a link to check the temperature and the upcoming forecast.

morning meeting for first grade

morning meeting for first grade

After the weather report, we graph our findings.  Each day, we are getting to analyze data, which is great practice!

morning meeting for first grade

I also include several slides for number of the day.  These are the slides that you would want to write on!

morning meeting for first grade

Secret Number is a class favorite!  This is a great way to incorporate some review.  I choose a number in my head and then give the students clues.  Such as, it's less than 50, great than 40, an even number, and has a 6 in the ones place.  What is my number?  I give them one clue at a time, and we mark out the numbers that can be eliminated after each clue.

morning meeting for first grade

Each month includes different slides that hit a first grade standard for review purposes.  These are the ones that you could totally customize to fit what you are covering.  This slide in particular covers retell and a writing standard, while incorporating some science.  

morning meeting for first grade

I always include a link to the stories on Starfall, which are great for hitting your phonics rule and practicing a reading skill or strategy.

morning meeting for first grade

Finally, we end with a song!  I get asked a lot about time.  I spend 15-20 minutes on morning meeting.  It's quick!  I do not hit all of the slides each day; I pick and choose.  You may have more and less time, but I promise you can make it work!  

I sell these First Grade Morning Meeting files separately by the month, or you can save by purchasing them as a bundle for the entire year.

Do you do morning meeting in your classroom?  I would love to hear all about it!

morning meeting for first grade