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Shared Reading in Kindergarten

Shared Reading in kindergarten is such a quick time of the day.  It's 10 minutes.  10 little minutes. What can you teach with 10 minutes?  If done correctly, that 10 minutes is so powerful.

Week 1 - Whole Group Poetry

Each week students are introduced to a new poem during calendar time.  The poem will have a reading, math, science, or social studies connection.  While teaching half-day kindergarten (that's right a full curriculum in 3 hours), we had to have our poems connect with another skill.  These poems are typically 4 lines.  This provides support our early readers need to be able to repeat the poem and interact with the words and lines.
In addition to reading the poem every day, students are asked to locate word wall words, cvc words, capital letters, end marks, rhyming words and more.  BUT to make shared reading really count it can't end on Friday.  The poem has been updated and corrected.  If you downloaded it prior to 6:00 pm, you will want to download it again.  Sorry.

Whole Group Writing

Students can also create a Bridge Map for Spring Babies.  A Bridge Map makes comparisons and teaches analogies.  When completed the Bridge Map can be read, "The pig has a piglet JUST LIKE the duck has a duckling JUST LIKE the chicken has a chick..."  After the Thinking Map is created by the class, students can create their own Bridge Map in a Science Center AND can write about babies i the Writing Center.

Week 2 Independent Activities


My students know the following week they will take home the poem.  There is a choice board for shared writing activities.  These activities are based on Bloom's and are parent choice.  The students need to choose 2 activities to do with their poem for homework.

Poetry Center

The following week the poem is also in the poetry center.  The students can complete one of two activities.  The first, and easiest activity is simply reading the activity, locate the word wall words by circling and coloring them yellow, illustrating the poem and reading it to a friend.  The second requires the student to fill in the word wall words appropriately, illustrate, and read to a friend.  Typically, the easier is done the first semester and the latter is done the second semester.

Art Center

Students will create an art center relating to the poem.  The art will also have a copy of the poem on the paper.  Students must read the poem to someone else before their center is complete.

Week 3 More Independent Activities

Pocket Chart Center (Modified)

I call this center the "Modified" Pocket Chart center because I don't actually use a pocket chart.  The poem is typed out of order, students must arrange the poem correctly, illustrate and read the poem.

As you can tell the theme of our shared reading poem is practice, practice, practice.  This leads to improved comprehension and increased fluency.

Read-to-Self and Read-to-Someone Center

Students are given a typed book to read during their Read-to-Self time.  This book can be independently read with the students locating the word wall words, pointing for 1-to-1 accuracy, and/or fluency.  Students can also use this book as a partner read or read to someone book.
As you can tell, your Shared Reading is more than a 4 line poem.  It's the springboard to independent centers, writing topics, and plenty of activities for weeks to come.

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  1. Wow - a really informative post with some great ideas which I'll be coming back to another time. Thank you!
    Growing Little Learners

  2. Fantastic lesson Cathy! Your post explains well the process. I love the Bridge Map. It was a new one for me. :-) Love that!

  3. Love your explanation, and the process :). I don't want to be a party pooper, or a troll :(...but....did you want to change part of the poem? A chick will be...a duck? Maybe change it to "A chick will be a chicken" or "a duckling will be a duck"?

  4. OMG...I can't believe I messed it up. I have fixed the poem. It was a total mistake on my part. If you downloaded it earlier...download it again!

  5. Thank you, Cathy, for this awesome resource! I am always looking for great kindergarten resources! This will be perfect to use with my little kindergarteners!

    Reading Toward the Stars