Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade K w/ Trade Pack by Lucy Calkins, Natalie Louis, Amanda Hartman, Elizabeth Dunford, Katherine Wears, Rebecca Cronin, Angela Baez, Marjorie Martinelli, Christine Holley, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project. A Workshop Curriculum
Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade K w/ Trade Pack
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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade K w/ Trade Pack

A Workshop Curriculum

By Lucy Calkins, Natalie Louis, Amanda Hartman, Elizabeth Dunford, Katherine Wears, Rebecca Cronin, Angela Baez, Marjorie Martinelli, Christine Holley, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

The kindergarten units of study begin by helping students build foundational reading skills, including print and phonemic awareness. Then, the second unit bestows on the youngsters “super power” strategies that help them search for meaning and use picture clues. Unit 3 invites children to attempt more difficult books and work on fluency. By Unit 4, kindergartners begin to establish their identities as readers in Becoming Avid Readers.


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Purchase Recommendation: Choose the Kindergarten Units of Study with the Trade Book Pack (as shown in this product bundle) if your library does not already include the mentor texts referenced in the Units. If you do not need the trade book pack, purchase the Kindergarten Units of Study without the Trade Book Pack.

About the Kindergarten Units

In kindergarten, your students begin to establish their identities as readers while they build the foundational skills for reading. In the first unit, We Are Readers, children will develop concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, and the knowledge necessary to use story language to support their approximations of reading. The second unit, Super Powers: Reading with Print Strategies and Sight Word Power, glories in children’s love of play as they learn “super power” strategies that help them search for meaning, use picture clues, work on fluency, and communicate meaning. In the third unit, Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles, children attempt more difficult books with greater independence and use reading strategies to read with more accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. The last kindergarten unit, Becoming Avid Readers, helps youngsters role-play their way into being the readers you want them to become. They pay close attention to characters, setting, and plot while reading fictional stories, become experts in nonfiction topics as they read together in clubs, and play with rhyme and rhythm while reading poetry

About the Series

Drawing on learning gleaned from decades of research, curriculum development, and working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders, Lucy Calkins and her colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project have developed the Units of Study for Teaching Reading. Designed to meet ambitious 21st century global standards, this reading series offers grade-by-grade curricula rooted in the Project’s best practices and newest thinking. It includes state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading skills and strategies, grounded in the Project’s learning progressions for narrative and informational reading. 

Components of the Kindergarten product bundle—with New Resources!

New Resources

  • Online Spanish translations of important student resources—includes Spanish translations of student checklists, Anchor Chart Sticky Notes, and numerous other classroom materials such as daily charts and folders. Also available are lists of Spanish-language mentor texts—New!
  • Online Video Orientations—New!

Four Units of Study

  • comprised of one foundational unit and three other units to address reading fiction and informational texts
  • lay out 4-5 weeks of instruction (16-18 sessions) in each unit
  • include all of the teaching points, minilessons, conferences, and small-group work needed to teach a comprehensive workshop curriculum
  • model Lucy and her colleagues’ carefully crafted teaching moves and language

A Guide to the Reading Workshop, Primary Grades

  • crystallizes the essential principles, methods, and structures of effective reading workshop instruction (The Guide, now available for separate purchase, can be an essential manual for principals, curriculum coordinators, coaches, and others who are supporting implementation of Units of Study—or for anyone wanting to learn more about reading workshop).

If… Then… Curriculum

  • offers additional units of study
  • presents if/then conferring scenarios that support targeted instruction and differentiation

    The Kindergarten Trade Pack includes age-appropriate trade books that are used in the units to model effective writing techniques, encourage students to read as writers, and provide background knowledge.

    • The Beetle Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
    • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
    • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
    • Can You See The Eggs? by Jenny Giles
    • Dragonflies by Margaret Hall
    • Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
    • Honey Bees by Martha E. H.Rustad
    • Honey for Baby Bear by Beverly Randell
    • In the Garden by Rigby
    • Mouse Has Fun by Phyllis Root
    • Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley
    • My Bug Box by Pat Blanchard & Joanne Sur
    • Not Norman by Kelly Bennett
    • So Much! by Trish Cooke
    • The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone
    • Wake Up Dad! by Beverly Randell

    View Now! Units of Study for Teaching Reading Video Orientations, Grades K-8

    Save when you purchase related cost-saving bundles, with or without trade book packs:

    Select the Grade-Level Units you need most, available both with and without the trade book packs

    To learn more about the Units of Study for Teaching Reading series, visit UnitsofStudy.com

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