Kindergarten: Listening & Learning Domain 4 Anthology "Plants"

This Tell It Again! Read-Aloud Anthology for Plants contains background information and resources that the teacher will need to implement Domain 4, including an alignment chart for the domain to the Common Core State Standards; an introduction to the domain including necessary background information for teachers, a list of domain components, a core vocabulary list for the domain, and planning aids and resources; 11 lessons which include objectives, read-alouds, discussion questions, and extension activities; a Pausing Point; a domain review; a domain assessment; culminating activities; and teacher resources. By the end of this domain, students will be able:

1. Explain that different kinds of plants grow in different environments;
2. Explain that plants are living things;
3. Describe what plants need to live and grow: food, water, air, and light;
4. Identify the root, stem, branch, leaf, flower, fruit, and seed of a plant; 
5. Explain that roots anchor the plant and take in water and nutrients;
6. Explain that stems support the plant and carry water and nutrients to the various parts of the plant; 
7. Explain that the plant makes its food in its leaves;
8. Explain that seeds are the beginning of new plants; 
9. Explain the basic life cycle of plants; 
10. Explain that some plants produce fruit to hold seeds;
11. Compare and contrast the fruits and seeds of different plants;
12. Identify the parts of specific plants that are eaten by people;
13. Identify the petals on a flower;
14. Describe how bees collect nectar and pollen;
15. Describe how bees make and use honey;
16. Describe the important role bees play in plant pollination;
17. Demonstrate familiarity with the tall tale “Johnny Appleseed”;
18. Compare and contrast deciduous and evergreen trees;
19. Explain that deciduous trees are a type of plant that loses its leaves in the fall and becomes dormant in the winter;
20. Explain that evergreen trees are a type of plant that stays green all year and does not become dormant in the winter;
21. Identify how deciduous trees are important to people and nature;
22. Identify things that plants provide to people: oxygen, food, and important products;
23. Describe the life and scientific achievements of George Washington Carver;
24. With prompting and support, ask and answer questions (e.g., who, what, where, when) requiring literal recall and understanding of the details and/or facts of a fiction read-aloud;
25. Answer questions that require making interpretations, judgments, or giving opinions about what is heard in a fiction read-aloud, including answering why questions that require recognizing cause/effect relationships;
26. With prompting and support, retell or dramatize fiction read-alouds, including key details;
27. With prompting and support, use narrative language to describe characters, setting, things, events, actions, a scene, or facts from a fiction read-aloud;
28. With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in fiction read-alouds and discussions;
29. Listen to, understand, and recognize a variety of texts, including fictional stories, fairy tales, fables, nursery rhymes, and poems;
30. With prompting and support, describe illustrations from a fiction read-aloud, using the illustrations to check and support comprehension of the read-aloud; 
31. Actively engage in fiction read-alouds; 
32. With prompting and support, ask and answer questions (e.g., who, what, where, when) requiring literal recall and understanding of the details and/or facts of a nonfiction/informational read-aloud;
33. Answer questions that require making interpretations, judgments, or giving opinions about what is heard in a nonfiction/informational read-aloud, including answering why questions that require recognizing cause/effect relationships;
34. With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a nonfiction/informational read-aloud;
35. With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a nonfiction/informational read-aloud;
36. With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in nonfiction/informational read-alouds and discussions;
37. With prompting and support, describe illustrations from a nonfiction/informational read-aloud, using the illustrations to check and support comprehension of the read aloud;
38. With prompting and support, compare and contrast similarities and differences within a single nonfiction/informational read-aloud or between two or more nonfiction/informational read-alouds;
39. Actively engage in nonfiction/informational read-alouds;
40. Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to present information from a nonfiction/informational read-aloud, naming the topic and supplying some details;
41. Use agreed-upon rules for group discussions (e.g., look at and listen to the speaker, raise hand to speak, take turns, say “excuse me” or “please,” etc.);
42. Carry on and participate in a conversation over four to five turns, stay on topic, initiate comments or respond to a partner’s comments, with either an adult or another child of the same age;
43. Ask and answer questions to clarify information in a fiction or nonfiction/informational read-aloud; 
44. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail;
45. Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly; 
46. Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs in oral language;
47. Answer questions orally in complete sentences;
48. Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language;
49. Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck);
50. Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent;
51. Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at school that are colorful);
52. Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, being read to, and responding to texts;
53. Learn the meaning of common sayings and phrases;
54. Listen to a variety of texts, including nonfiction/informational text;
55. Prior to listening to a nonfiction/informational read-aloud, identify orally what they know and/or have learned about a given topic;
56. Prior to or while listening to a nonfiction/informational read-aloud, orally predict what will happen in the read-aloud based on pictures and/or text heard thus far; 
57. Discuss personal responses to favorite foods and fruits they eat and connect those to the fruits discussed in the read-aloud;
58. Use temporal language to express story events in sequential order; and
59. Evaluate and select read-alouds or stories on the basis of personal choice for rereading.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.K.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

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