Lesson 1: Read to Learn (Grades K1)
Emergent readers spend a lot of time “learning to read.”
In this lesson they will be “reading to learn.” The
simple text and photographs along with the audio support introduce
young readers to the many and varied workers in their community.
23 days (depending upon whether community workers visit the classroom)
- Read books about community workers
- Listen to community workers talk about their jobs on- and
- Read and listen to online stories featuring community workers
- Use photographs to support comprehension
- Self-assess by completing a quiz
- Make arrangements for community workers to visit your classroom
to talk about their jobs. Ideas include: veterinarian, firefighter,
police officer, and restaurant owner
- Display selected books (see Recommended
- Bookmark Community Club home page
on one or more computers in your classroom
- NOTE: If students have limited access to computers, print
selected Community Club pages for students to read offline and
make transparency copies to post on an overhead projector.
Step 1: Begin the lesson by reading aloud a book about
people who work in the community, such as the ones listed in Recommended
Books. The book All
About Things People Do by Melanie and Chris Rice, for example,
provides an introduction to the world of jobs, filled with full-color
illustrations and easy-to-understand information. If you’ve
invited a community worker to the classroom to speak, then you
may want to read a book or two about that person’s specific
Step 2: Prompt a class discussion about the different jobs
in a community. Have students brainstorm community workers in
their neighborhood. Record their responses on an Idea
Web. Then ask them to share what they know about the different
workers. Record their responses on circles on the Idea Web that
branch from the specific jobs.
Step 3 (optional): Prepare the class for a visit from a
community worker by having them brainstorm what they know about
the visitor’s job. Jot their responses on a KWL
chart. Next, have them think of questions they have for the
visitor and write those in the “What I Want to Know”
column. Finally, after the visit, have children share what they
learned. Write their ideas in the third column, “What I
NOTE: If you’ve invited community workers visit the classroom,
they should come on Day 2 of the lesson. If no workers, move on
to Step 1 below.
Step 1: Go to the Veterinarian
activity. Read the worker’s title and name. Then click the
big, red arrow to begin the first page. Read the first two sentences
to model fluency and then demonstrate how to click the speaker
icon next to each sentence to hear it read aloud. Next, show how
to learn more about the vet’s job by clicking the speaker
icon inside the photograph. Point out that the red arrows at the
bottom allow them to go back and forth in the story.
Step 2: On the last page of the vet story, show students
where to type in their name. Then, read aloud the quiz questions
and have volunteers answer them by selecting the correct response.
Encourage them to review their answers before clicking the GO
Step 1: Working individually, have students choose one
of the other seven community workers from the Community
Club, not including the vet since you used that one as a model.
Step 2: Have students quietly read aloud the story, using
the audio support as needed, or to confirm that they’ve
read a sentence correctly. Instruct them to click the speakers
in the photos to learn more about the job.
Step 3: Upon finishing the story, have students review
what they have learned by choosing the correct word to complete
each sentence. Immediate feedback is given for both correct and
incorrect responses. Students are urged to try again when they've
answered incorrectly. Upon successfully completing the activity,
students receive a customized badge with the community worker's
signature to print out, color in, and wear.
Assessment & Evaluation
Use this rubric
to assess students' proficiency with this activity. Evaluate whether
students' skills are improving or where they may need additional
support or instruction.
- From the starting page of each community worker activity, visit the Web Links
page related to the community worker they just read about. Help
students explore one or more of the sites related to their worker.
- Have students read a book from the Recommended
Books about the job they just found out about online. Then have
them share what they’ve learned about the job —
both online and from books — with the rest of the class.
- If you’ve invited community workers to visit the classroom,
have students write a newspaper article about the visit. Encourage
them to answer the questions: Who, What, Where, When, and Why
just like a real newspaper reporter.
- Have students write thank you notes to all classroom visitors
using the correct letter and envelope formats.