Reading Curriculum

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

All units in this curriculum are differentiated and teach the same content in a way that fits grade levels Kindergarten through 8th grade. This way a homeschool educator can run units and activities with children at different grade levels and skill levels simultaneously.

This differentiated, standards-based curriculum can also be helpful to teachers teaching multiple skill levels (especially English Language Development or SPED) and teachers who teach multiple grade levels. My curriculum can be purchased in a few major bundles.

Once each bundle is purchased an educator has all the resources needed to teach every reading, writing, math, or science/social studies standards for grades kindergarten through sixth grade (some literacy resources included up to 12th grade, while resources like the math units end in 6th grade).

Check out my Homeschool Curriculum blog to get a description of major bundles. In this blog, I am going to explain the reading portion of the curriculum.

The reading Unit includes resources for both fiction and nonfiction. The fictional unit is taught through the Genre/Novel Studies and the nonfiction concepts are taught through the Science and Social Studies Thematic Units. The major resources included in the reading bundle are:

1. Phonics and Fluency Daily Practice:

These resources can be used throughout the year to help teach and solidify phonics and fluency skills for young readers. The resources included are:

  • Picture books and activities to teach each letter of the alphabet

  • 40 Days of Phonics-rules and skills

  • Sight Word practice sheets

  • Own the book Fluency Sheets

2. Reading Reflections and Spelling Bundle:

The Reading Reflections and Spelling Bundle includes resources that can be used for any book or poem throughout the school year. Many of the resources come with differentiated worksheets and activities. This bundle is great for literacy centers, independent reading time, or homework activities. The resources included are:

1-Reading Logs: Focused on Reading Comprehension and Strategies (14 different reading logs each with 3 different leveled worksheets). Perfect for differentiated homework.

2-Reading Reflection Journals: Reading Skills practice that can be used with ANY text (3 different levels of worksheets, great for differentiated reading groups).

3- Vocabulary in Context: Worksheets and strategy sheets that can be used to help students determine the meaning of words in context (great for test prep, English Language Learners, or Vocabulary Lessons).

4-Partner Talk Comprehension Activities: 17 conversation starters and comprehension activities that can be used throughout the year. Perfect for partner talks, read aloud discussion prompts and guided reading groups (sentence starters that are very helpful for English Language Learners).

5-Poetry Reflection (FREEBIE): Reflection activities to go along with any poem. Four different activities to fit a wide range of skill levels. Great for teaching visualization and figurative language.

6-Reading Review and Chart: An reading chart to help students keep track of the books they've read AND a book rating sheet (an interactive piece to add to any classroom library) that allows students to share their reading experience with their classmates.

3. Reading Comprehension Standards for Every Grade:

Great for differentiated learning, teachers teaching multiple grades, or homeschool students. Get reading comprehension standard-based worksheets for EVERY reading comprehension standard for EVERY grade. An awesome resource for reading interventions/centers, close reading worksheets, or individual reading reflections.

This resource includes worksheets Pre-k through 12th grade that focuses on:

Standard 1: Ask and Answer Questions (Text Evidence)-Fiction and Nonfiction

Standard 2: Main Idea/Central Message-Fiction and Nonfiction

Standard 3: Text Structure and Fictional Elements-Fiction and Nonfiction

Standard 4: Word Choice/Vocab/Tone-Fiction and Nonfiction

Standard 5: Text Organization (structure/genre/t ext features)-Fiction and Nonfiction

Standard 6: Point of View-Fiction and Nonfiction

Standard 8: Analyze a Claim-Nonfiction

Standard 9: Compare and Contrast-Fiction and Nonfiction

Each Standard also has a page with the progression of each standard by grade and a page with vocabulary (word, definition, prompting question/hint) and space for the student to draw a visual to help them remember the word. For more info check out this link.

You can also purchase the resource with only your grade level standard worksheets.

4. Genre/Novel Studies:

This bundle is meant to be used as a way to teach literacy standards in every grade. The resource comes with:

  • genre anchor charts

  • booklists for grades 1st through 8th

  • activities to do with the books

  • essential questions that go with the themes in each genre

  • mentor text writing assistant worksheet

Related Questions:

What does “Standard-based” mean in teaching?

Standards are different from state to state in the US (however most states use the same set of standards, known as common core standards). Standards are given as a basis for teachers, administrators, and parents to know what a child is expected to learn each at each grade level. Standards-based assessment and instruction simply means that the content is set up to teach a specific skill that they need to learn based on state standards.

What are anchor standards?

Anchor standards are standards that are broad enough to be focused on in every grade level (with specific changes made for focuses in each grade). The anchor standard is the overall goal for what we want a child to learn in order to be able to be successful in their chosen field. There are 10 writing anchor standards and 10 reading anchor standards. These standards are stated explicitly in the Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Every Grade resource.

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