Informational Text

Foundational Skills
General Resources

First Grade

Literature (RL)
Key Ideas and Details

RL.1.1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

RL.1.2. Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

RL.1.3. Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
  1. Baa Baa Black Sheep Lesson
    -retelling story (more great stories included)
  2. Graphic Organizers from Education Place
    -ice cream cone – sequencing
    -story map 3 – key ideas
    -sandwich – beg mid end
  3. Graphic Organizers from Enchanted Learning
  4. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Lesson
    -make predictions and sequencing
  5. Literacy narrative texts
    -story retelling
  6. Reading A-Z has correlated their materials to the Common Core Standards to help you find resources.
  7. Reading Skills Rocket
    -answer questions to solve riddles
  1. Chalk_Board
  2. Dragon Dictation (free)
    - Talk into your device and it will turn your words into texts.
  3. How to Train a Dragon interactive book
  4. Jack and the Beanstalk interactive book
  5. Kid Paint
  1. KidPix - add questions to slide - add slide for answers - turn into slide show and share with other students
  2. Kidspiration – graphic organizer of story mapping



Craft and Structure

RL.1.4. Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

RL.1.5. Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

RL.1.6. Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
  1. Bookflix
    -Username and Password required (available thru CC Public Library)
    -Compare/contrast fiction and nonfiction
  2. Book Sorting
  3. Graphic Organizers
    -Sense chart
  4. Goldilocks and the Three Bears story
    -After students listen to familiar story show which character is telling the story
  5. Starfall
    -Different genre stories
  1. Bob Books #1
    Reading with phonics-based interactive game
  2. Chalk_Board
  3. Evernote(free)
  4. Kid Paint
  5. Little Puzzles for Kids – Under the Sea
    -Develop critical thinking and mental reasoning skills
  6. Penultimate
  7. Playwords
    Kids reading and Spelling Game
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

RL.1.7. Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

RL.1.8. (Not applicable to literature)

RL.1.9. Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

  1. Character Scrapbook
    -Activity to analyze characters in any book
  2. Crickweb
    -Character, setting, or events
    -Three Little Pigs and Cinderella
  3. Literacy - Narrative texts
    Choose different stories for activities
    -Character focus
  4. Story Map Read Write Think
    Story mapping
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

RL.1.10. With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.

  1. Favorite Poem Project
    -Different people reading poems
  2. Giggle Poetry
    -Poems to read and rate
  3. Shel Silverstein's Poetry Site
    -Poetry, puzzles, games
  1. Reading A-Z
    - Offers one free story at each reading level
Reading: Informational Text
Key Ideas and Details

RI.1.1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

RI.1.2. Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

RI.1.3. Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
  1. Literacy Non-fiction Texts
    -ex. Trees or Vehicles: Read then fill in index cards.
  2. Professor Garfield
    -Comic strip in right order then answer questions
    --Some information may be above grade level. Group activity suggested.
  3. Reading A-Z
    -Has correlated their materials to the Common Core Standards to help you find resources.
  4. .Read Write Think
    -In "Search by Keyword" enter desired lesson.
  1. Arthur Turns Green
  2. Arthur's Tooth
  3. Arthur Writes A Story
  1. Kid pix or Pages—use index cards to create own information page, 1st research paper.
  2. Venn Diagram of 2 stories
Craft and Structure

RI.1.4. Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a

RI.1.5. Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic
menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.

RI.1.6. Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information
provided by the words in a text
  1. Reference Skills
    -The how and why of teaching table of contents, glossary, etc.)
  2. Scholastic
    -PDF related to text features with story
  3. Toon University
    -Shooting gallery with word sentences for context clues
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

RI.1.7. Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key

RI.1.8. Identify the reasons an
author gives to support points in a

RI.1.9. Identify basic similarities in
and differences between two texts
on the same topic (e.g., in
illustrations, descriptions, or

  1. Between the Lions
    -Video clips of stories
  2. Comic Creator
    -Create comic stories
  3. Read Write Think
    -Comparing two traditional fairy tales with non traditional
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

RI.1.10. With prompting and
support, read informational texts
appropriately complex for grade 1.


  1. Great Schools Book Links
    -This only lists books with description of books by categories
  1. Arthur Turns Green
  2. Arthur's Tooth
  3. Arthur Writes A Story
  4. How to Train a Dragon interactive book
  5. Jack and the Beanstalk interactive book
Reading: Foundational Skills
Print Concepts

RF.1.1. Demonstrate
of the organization and basic
features of print.

  • Recognize the
    distinguishing features
    of a sentence (e.g., first
    word, capitalization,
    ending punctuation).



  1. BBC Adventures
    -The Magic Key – full stops, capital letters, questions, capital letters
  2. Harcourt School
    -Place punctuation at end of sentence
  3. PBS Kids
    -What's the Story - Who, What, When, Where
  4. Storybook Creator
  5. Story Starters
    -story creator
  1. Grammar Games
    -Nouns, verbs, adjectives and more
  2. Sentence Builder
    -Learn how to build grammatically correct sentences
Phonological Awareness

RF.1.2. Demonstrate
of spoken words, syllables,
and sounds (phonemes).

  • Distinguish long from short vowel
    sounds in spoken single-syllable

  • Orally produce
    single-syllable words
    by blending sounds (phonemes), including
    consonant blends.

  • Isolate and pronounce
    initial, medial vowel,
    and final sounds
    (phonemes) in spoken
    single-syllable words.

  • Segment spoken
    syllable words into
    their complete
    sequence of individual
    sounds (phonemes).
  1. Chicken Stackers
  2. Crickweb - Literacy
    -Word play activity - can print word lists
  3. Jim's Whirlyword Machine
    -BBC Words and Pictures
  4. Vowel Boot Camp
    -Play full screen
  5. Phonics
  6. PDF Reading Literacy links
    -Multiple PDF Phonics activities
  7. Spell a Picture
  8. Word Blender Game
    -BBC Words and Pictures

  1. ABCs and Me
    -Letter recognition with sound
  2. ABC Phonics Animals Writing HD
    -Writing or tracing words and letters
  3. ABC Phonics Sight Words HD
    -Learn the Dolch sight words 4 games
  4. ABC Writing Zoo Animals Game HD
  5. Ace Writer Brain Counts
    -Spelling, Tracing, Sound, and Pronunciation.
  6. Bookworm
    -Find words in a scrabble looking board
  7. Elmo Loves ABCs Lite
  8. K-3 Sight Words
  9. Kids Choose Words
  10. KidWords Free
  11. Playwords
    -Kids reading and Spelling Game
  12. 1000 Sight Words
  13. Spelling Cat
    -Speaks words, scramble letters, missing letters. Also lets you put in your own list very easily
  14. Word Bingo

Phonics and Word Recognition

RF.1.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

  • Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs (two letters
    that represent one sound).

  • Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.

  • Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.

  • Use knowledge that every syllable must
    have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.

  • Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.

  • Read words with inflectional endings. Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

  1. Crickweb Literacy
    -Word Wheel 1 & 2; blending phonemes
  2. Fun City
    Skills: spelling
  3. Funschool Critter Jumble
    -Create words with magnets
  4. Spell a Picture
  5. Phonics
  6. Phonics
    -phonics endings - rhyming
  7. Snap It!
    -BBC Word and Pictures
  8. Write a Postcard
    -BBC Word and Pictures
  1. ABC Phonics Animals Writing HD
    -Writing or tracing words and letters
  2. ABC Spelling Magic 3 Blends and Syllables
    -Practice spelling and building 5-7 Letter words with consonant blends and syllables
  3. ABC Spelling Magic short vowel sounds
    -Sounds of letters and how to build words
  4. Audio Typing Bee
    - Part spelling and part typing app.
  5. Audio Learn 2 Bee-Sight Words
  6. Bookworm
    -Find words in a scrabble looking board
  7. KidWords Free
  8. Spelling Cat
    -Speaks words, scramble letters, missing letters. Also lets you put in your own list very easily
RF.1.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to
support comprehension.
  • Read grade-level text
    with purpose and understanding.
  • Read grade-level text
    orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression.
  • Use context to confirm or self-correct word
    recognition and understanding, rereading
    as necessary.
  1. iTalk Recorder
    -An easy-to-use app for recording reading for fluency practice.
Text Types and Purposes

W.1.1.. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name
the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for
the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

W.1.2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

W.1.3. Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately
sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened,
use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of

  1. Edsitement
    - Writing Activity - comparing/contrasting fables
  2. ReadWriteThink
    -Choose, research, write on animal
  1. Pages
  2. Rory's Story Cubes
    -Creative story generator
  3. Super Duper Publications
  1. Pages
  2. Kidpix
  3. Kidspiration
Production and Distribution of Writing

W.1.4. (Begins in grade 3)

W.1.5. With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

W.1.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital
tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

  1. Kerpoof
    -Free Registration Required
    -Kerpoof Picture Make allows students to create a picture to write a story about or create Kerpoof scenes for students to use as the basis to write a letter about.
    - Kerpoof Movie Maker to allow students to write and produce their own eMovie.
  2. Little Bird Tales
    -Free registration required.
    -Creative story building tool
  3. Scholastic Story Starter
    -Story Starter machine generates creative writing prompts. You never know how your story will start.
  4. Word Tamer
    -Interactive website where you. “tame words and train stories".
Research to Build and Present Knowledge

W.1.7. Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).

W.1.8. With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

W.1.9. (Begins in grade 4)

  1. Easy Essay
    -Follows Step-up to writing format.
Range of Writing

W.1.10. (Begins in grade 3)



  1. Good Night Stories
    -an interactive Web site where students can write endings to stories, choose different directions within a story, and fill in a "mad lib" structure to make a silly story.
Comprehension and Collaboration

SL.1.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

  • Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

  • Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.

  • Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.

SL.1.2. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

SL.1.3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.

  1. Kids Audio Books
    -Site contains holiday stories, fairytales, fables, and more in a MP3 (NO VIDEO) format for students to listen to.
  2. Storynory
  1. Children Short Stories 1 - 4
    -A collection of kids short stories with lively narration to ease reading for children
  2. ConversationBuilder
  3. Super Duper Publications
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

SL.1.4. Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.

SL.1.5. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

SL.1.6. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.

  1. Be Nice to Spiders Lesson
  2. Character Description
    -Draw character and write about it.
  3. Education Creations
    -Worksheets for language creation
  4. Little Bird Tales
    -Younger students can create fiction and non-fiction digital stories: they may upload their own artwork, record their voice, and add text. Free registration
Conventions of Standard English

L.1.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • Print all upper- and lowercase letters.

  • Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.

  • Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop).

  • Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their, anyone, everything).

  • Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home).

  • Use frequently occurring adjectives.

  • Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because).

  • Use determiners (e.g., articles, demonstratives).

  • Use frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., during, beyond, toward).

  • Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts.

L.1.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • Capitalize dates and names of people.

  • Use end punctuation for sentences.

  • Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series.

  • Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.

  • Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions.
  1. BBC Adventures
    -Putting sentence in order (drag 'n drop)
  2. Grammar Gorillas
  3. Internet 4 Classrooms
  4. Super Why
    -Matching pictures to letters -beginning sounds
  1. ABC Cards - Word Family Writing
  2. Alphabytes
    Practice tracing capital and lowercase letters, spelling, and letter sounds all with a bowl of letters that looks like cereal.
  3. Grammar Jammers
    -nouns, adjectives, contractions, pronouns.
  4. Grammar Parts of Speech
    -Name that Category
    -Hi! Phonics
  5. Preposition Remix
  6. Sentence Builder
  7. Sentence Scramble
  8. Shell Lagoon
    -homonyms, synonyms, antonyms
  9. Super Duper Publications
    -Wh Questions at School, Understanding Inferences, Following Directions, Name that Category (read or listen)
CCSS General Resources
  1. Common Core Standards There's an app for that! View the Common Core State Standards in one convenient FREE app!
  2. Common Core State Standards Initiative Home page
    -Reading Language Arts
  3. Reading A-Z has correlated their materials to the Common Core Standards to help you find resources.



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