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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade K

A Workshop Curriculum

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

The first unit in the kindergarten units begins by helping students build foundational reading skills, including print and phonemic awareness. In the second unit, the youngsters learn “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, and by Unit 4, kindergartners begin to establish their identities as readers in Becoming Avid Readers.

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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. 

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