Kindergarten lesson plans made easy just print and teach! Free file too! Common Core reading lesson plans and writing plans, plus math lessons too!
Here are a few things I know about teachers.
- They want the absolute BEST for their students.
- They want to employ “Best Practices” in their classrooms.
- They. Are. Overwhelmed!
- Occasionally, they want to go home before 5 pm after school AND they would like to spend their weekends with their families instead of planning.
Does that sound like you?
We have heard from teachers all over the world who feel JUST like you. Over the years, Deedee Wills and I have developed and refined our kindergarten lesson plans and it has been tested in our classrooms. We have seen the power of focused instruction that allows students to develop at their own pace while providing opportunities for MAGIC!
Kindergarten Lesson Plans: Writers Workshop
Many years ago, Deedee and I wrote a curriculum for writers workshop. We studied what the experts had to say (Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover) and combined with our own years of experience. Essentially, we taught a day, then went home and wrote out the lesson plans from that day. Then we repeated that process for 180 days. We know writers workshop can feel overwhelming. We know that some teachers spend HOURS planning and second-guessing their instruction. So we wrote concise, page-long, scripted lesson plans that support YOU as the teacher AND the students you teach.
We could not have been more thrilled by the results.
As I said, everything is planned. The image above is a month at a glance lesson plan page. But each lesson is filled with easy to use instruction!
Then each day is constructed for you … Just PRINT and TEACH!
A year later, we were frustrated with our district’s math program. It was undercooked and worksheet ridden. Yuck! Students don’t learn math with a worksheet!
So we repeated the process. We looked to the experts (John Van de Walle and Kathy Richardson). Then we tapped into our own experiences in the classroom. We taught a day, then went home and wrote out the lessons!
Our math lessons are FILLED with hands-on learning that is done cooperatively with a partner. Learning is social and FUN!
And yes, we did include practice pages!
Kindergarten Lesson Plans: Guided Reading
Both Deedee and I love teaching reading in a small group. We know this is one of the most research-based ways to differentiate our instruction! How did we begin? You got it, we consulted the experts (Jan Richardson and Fountas & Pinnell). Then, based on our own classroom experiences, we sat down and created lessons.
We also wrote texts so you don’t have to sell a kidney to get a leveled reading room. These books are leveled according to guided reading levels. So students can progress at their own individual pace.
We included word work lesson plans…
AND guided writing activities.
You can read a detailed blog post on these units over on Deedee’s Blog. You can see that post by clicking HERE.
Kindergarten Lesson Plans: Reading Comprehension
Boy, howdy… did we need something! The experts in close reading (Fisher and Frey) lead the way! We knew that we as teachers could NOT have a deep conversation about books, when the books themselves did not lend themselves to higher order thinking. So we selected some GREAT books!
We planned each book with questions that would spark meaningful conversations.
We included text detail and retelling cards for almost every book.
Each week, students use these cards to sequence events in the stories we read.
And naturally, we wanted students to be able to respond to the text. Here are some examples of making text connections.
We created rubrics and anchor charts that is specific to each reading comprehension strategy.
Some books, like Koala Lou, also include an informational text. This student wrote an informational text about koalas. Swoon!
What are teachers saying about these Lesson Plans?
Writing Units Lesson Plans
“As an Academic Coach at our Title I school I just want to thank you for creating an excellent writing resource for my K-1 teachers. They are so looking forward to using this resource in our classroom’s this year.”
“This Writer’s Workshop bundle has been a game changer for me. It is so easy to follow and implement. It’s perfect for both “veteran” and new writing teachers. The best thing about starting my year with the bundle is that I have created a kinder class full of kinder kids who LOVE to write!”
Math Units Lesson Plans
“I just wanted to take a minute to let you know something awesome! I work at a small charter school in Columbia, SC. I teach a k/1 multiage class. We are a TAP school–you may not be familiar but basically each year we are given a value-added score. It’s based on a scale of 1-5. 1 being when students regress, 3 is when they show a years growth and a 5 is showing significant growth. These are based on MAP scores. For the last two years, I’ve been a solid 3 which I was thrilled with! I’ve been using your Writing Workshop for years and last year I added your Guiding Readers and adjusted your Guiding Firsties math so it could meet the needs of my Kinders as well. I just heard that my last year’s value added was a 5!! Thanks so much for developing an awesome curriculum in all areas! I saw my kids grow SO much last year!”
Guided Reading Leveled Texts and Lesson Plans
“Worth every penny. You will never know how appreciative I am to FINALLY have the help I need with guided reading. This is what I have been needing for eight years!!!”
“I wish I could give a rating higher than A. This product is absolutely amazing. It has transformed how I do guided reading. I highly recommend it for any teacher new to guided reading and those who have done it for years. Guided reading planning and preparation is a breeze and my students are loving the stories and activities. I am so happy with this purchase. Thank you!”
Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans
“These lessons perfectly address every need I have to teach guided reading to my first graders. Your extensive attention to detail is untouchable. I teach first grade. I have taught at university and worked for a state department of ed, I highly recommend your work to ANY K-1 teacher. This bundle is exactly what is needed to teach young readers to be successful and excited about reading. I urge primary teachers everywhere to purchase this and see for themselves the magic that happens when it is used in the classroom.”
“WOW! We are loving this. My K kids are drawing things about stories that I did not think possible! I have had numerous visitors who cannot believe the conversations that my children are having about the books that we have read – love the quick letter review, my children are so excited to begin blending!”
We are extremely proud of these lesson plans and how they have changed the way teachers teach.
You can find these “Print and Teach: Lesson Plans in the Links Below:
- Writing Through the Year Writers Workshop Lesson Plans K/1
- Writing Through the Year Writers Workshop Lesson Plans 2nd grade
- Engaging Readers: Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans K/1 Set 1 and Set 2
- Engaging Readers: Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans 2nd Grade
- Guided Reading Leveled Text Set 1 and Set 2
- Guiding Kinders Math Workshop Lesson Plans for Kindergarten
- Guiding Firsties Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Grade
Read More About Lesson Planning
Read more about these lesson plans in the following articles:
- La Princesa and the Pea | Reading Lesson Plans
- Writer’s Workshop: Five Steps to Get Your Little Ones Writing
FREE Lesson Planning Guide and Curriculum Map
If you want to learn more about the curriculum map we created (which includes a ton of great free resources and a few sample lessons), you can grab your copy below.