Kindergarten Reading

Kindergarten Reading Lesson Plans: Kindergarten Reading Skills

Suggested Teaching Strategies for Kindergarten Reading Skills

  1. Retells a familiar story using own words
  2. Moves hand in space from left to right
  3. Understands left to right progression on the page; top to bottom directions
  4. Holds a book in correct way
  5. Understands return sweep; identifies direction which print is read
  6. Recognizes print in the environment
  7. Reads some environmental print (signs/labels)
  8. Reproduces a pattern using concrete objects
  9. Listens attentively to a story
  10. Engages in reading-like activities
  11. Joins in reading of familiar books
  12. Begins to read predictable/pattern book
  13. Dictates a story
  14. Identifies words in an experience story
  15. Understands that print conveys meaning
  16. Retells a personal story
  17. Responds to questions in conversation using words and phrases in the primary language
  18. Participates in conversation while interacting with peers
  19. Can sequence in proper order
  20. Recalls sequence of events
  21. Uses positional words
  22. Speaks in sentences
  23. Expresses wants, needs, and thoughts in primary language
  24. Points to and says letters in the child’s name
  25. Names printed letters
  26. Can match letters
  27. Responds to cue words that begin with the same sound
  28. Responds to cue words that end with the same sound
  29. Responds to cue words that rhyme
  30. Identifies the relationship between letters and sounds
  31. Distinguishes sound units/syllables (clapping/stomping/finger tapping)
  32. Produces rhyming words
  33. Recognizes the same phoneme orally
  34. Isolates the beginning sound in a word orally
  35. Blends and segments sounds in two phoneme words (e.g., at—a-t, me—m-e)
  36. Interprets a picture orally
  37. Produces an imagined story to accompany pictures
  38. Predicts an outcome
  39. Develops an awareness of cause and effect
  40. Makes transfer of knowledge through demonstrated application
  41. Begins to differentiate reality from fantasy
  42. Understands position words (e.g., in, on, above, below, under, over, beside, front, back, etc.)
  43. Reproduces a visual pattern
  44. Approximates writing using scribble/drawing to communicate an idea
  45. Begins to use letters to communicate ideas
  46. Traces shapes
  47. Draws an enclosed space that is recognizable (e.g., circle, box, etc.)
  48. Legibly writes first name from memory
  49. Follows simple directions
  50. Listens to an age-appropriate story
  51. Reads and recognizes proper names of classmates
  52. Reads labeled objects in room
  53. Reads and recognizes words representing familiar objects


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