LAFS.1.RI.1.1Archived Standard

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Grade: 1
Strand: Reading Standards for Informational Text
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Date Adopted or Revised: 12/10
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved - Archived

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5020020: Science Grade One (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5008030: Health - Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5010010: English for Speakers of Other Languages-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (course terminated))
5010020: Basic Skills in Reading-K-2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond (current))
5010030: Functional Basic Skills in Communications-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5021030: Social Studies Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
5010042: Language Arts - Grade One (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond)
7720020: Access Science Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond)
7710012: Access Language Arts - Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7721012: Access Social Studies - Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond)
5011010: Library Skills/Information Literacy Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
7708010: Access Health Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2020 and beyond)
5010101: Introduction to Debate Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2020 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))

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Lesson Plans

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Animals and their Habitats:

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Animals!:

This is a close reading lesson using the book What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. In three readings of the book, students will ask and answer questions about the text, make text-to-self connections, and record new learning. For the summative assessment, students will gather additional information about their selected animal and write an informative paper.

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"What Plants Need" – Identifying Key Details and Main Topic:

In this close reading lesson, students will complete activities over a period of three days to gain deeper understanding of the text "What Plants Need," asking and answering questions and identifying key details that support the main topic of the text. Students will write an informative paragraph about what they've learned from the text.

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A Tree Is a Plant - Step by Step:

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Chameleon Mix Up:

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Going on a Bear Hunt!:

In this lesson, students will generate questions about bears. They will answer questions about key details from the text, Bears, by Melvin and Gilda Berger and identify the main topic. They will write an informative 5 sentence paragraph on the topic of bears using key details from the text to support their writing.

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Becoming Earth Savers Using the Scholastic News Nonfiction Reader: Helping Out:

This lesson focuses on using text features to understand nonfiction text, specifically the Scholastic News Nonfiction Reader: Helping Out by Peggy Hock, 650L. The students will ask and answer questions about the text, examine the particular text features found within the text and will organize the information read in a concept map. They will then use the concept map to write an informative paragraph about ways they can protect Earth.

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Learning About Community Helpers Through an Exploration of Text Features and Main Idea:

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A Recipe for Sequencing Success:

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I Can Fix It With Your Help!:

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Using National Geographic Reader: Frogs! To Explore Text Features and Main Idea:

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Original Student Tutorial

Seashore of Details:

Identify key details as you answer questions about informational text in this interactive tutorial. Join Sam as he explores the seashore and answers who, what, where, and when questions about sea stars, sea urchins, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, and other sea-related topics.

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Student Center Activities

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Comprehension: K-W-L:

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Comprehension: Make-and-Check-A-Prediction:

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STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Good Enough to Eat? :

Students will work as a team to rank school lunch items from the most nutritious to the least nutritious.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Zaspper Baby Fun Toy Company:

This Model Eliciting Activity is written at a first grade level. In teams, students will make decisions about how to select the best baby toy on various toy characteristics.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Original Student Tutorials for Language Arts - Grades K-5

Seashore of Details:

Identify key details as you answer questions about informational text in this interactive tutorial. Join Sam as he explores the seashore and answers who, what, where, and when questions about sea stars, sea urchins, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, and other sea-related topics.

Student Resources

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Original Student Tutorial

Seashore of Details:

Identify key details as you answer questions about informational text in this interactive tutorial. Join Sam as he explores the seashore and answers who, what, where, and when questions about sea stars, sea urchins, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, and other sea-related topics.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

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