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Kindergarten Reading Informational Text Standards Aligned Resources

Kindergarten ELA Domain: Reading Informational Text

In this domain, students will continue building on the knowledge and skills they’ve learned in previous domains -- applying them now to informational text. With the help of standards-aligned activities and resources, students will continue asking and answering questions about texts, making connections between key details, learning new words, and naming the different parts of a book. Here’s a closer look at what students can expect to learn in each standard throughout the Kindergarten ELA Reading Literature domain:

K.RI.1

Ask and Answer Questions

With support and prompting from teachers, students will continue practicing asking and answering questions about stories and texts.

K.RI.2

Find the Main Idea

In this standard, students will learn how to identify main topics and details of familiar texts.

K.RI.3

Make Connections

Students will learn how to make connections within a text, including characters, places, events, and ideas.

K.RI.4

Learn New Words

With guidance and support, students will continue asking about and learning unknown words.

K.RI.5

Name the Parts of a Book

Students will begin to learn about the physical parts of a book, including the front and back covers and the title page.

K.RI.6

Name Authors and Illustrators

In this standard, students will practice learning the names of authors and illustrators while understanding each role.

K.RI.7

Pictures Help You Read

With prompting and support, students will use illustrations to describe what’s happening in a story.

K.RI.8

Author's Purpose

Students will continue to learn about authors and the role they play in storytelling.

K.RI.9

Same and Different

In this final standard, students will continue comparing and contrasting different elements of familiar texts.

Get Started with Kindergarten Reading Informational Text Learning Resources

Reading Informational Text is one of four domains included in the Kindergarten ELA standards. Throughout each standard, students can expect to learn concepts like:

  • Asking and answering questions about key details in texts
  • Finding the main idea in a text
  • Describing connections between two things in a text
  • Identifying and learning more unknown words
  • Learning more about the authors and illustrators of familiar texts
  • Using pictures and illustrations to make connections within texts
  • Comparing and contrasting different elements of similar and familiar texts

eSpark Learning enhances students’ learning through engaging, standards-aligned activities. Through instructional videos, read-a-longs, learning songs, and games, students can learn 1.5 times faster than their peers and reach the goals and standards set forth by the Common Core.

What’s more, teachers can ensure students remain on track by monitoring their progress through eSpark Learning. With this knowledge, teachers can fine-tune their curriculum to meet the needs of their unique classroom and provide more individualized learning to their students.

Below are examples of how eSpark Learning resources are aligned to each Common Core standard within the Reading Informational Text domain:

K.RI.1

Ask and Answer Questions

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

In several read aloud stories, students will follow along with familiar texts and be prompted to answer questions about characters and events.

Ask and answer questions about what you are reading
Why do people have dogs?
Paragraph about dogs with an image of two dogs

K.RI.2

Find the Main Idea

With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

In a fun and engaging sing-along video, students will learn about different animals that hibernate.

Hibernation sing-along video
Animals that hibernate spend the winter in a deep sleep
They eat and eat and eat before they go to sleep

K.RI.3

Make Connections

With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Through an engaging and illustrative story, students will learn about the popular game, ‘The Floor is Lava.’

The Floor is Lava read-a-long book cover
Have you ever played The Floor is Lava?
In this game everyone will pretend the floor is hot lava

K.RI.4

Learn New Words

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

In one of several activities, students will be introduced to brand-new words as they learn more about one of nature’s healthiest fruits: the apple!

Learn new words in a story about apples
Apple tree. Apples start out as pretty flowers
The apple bud turns into an apple and grows all summer

K.RI.5

Name the Parts of a Book

Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.

In this sing-a-long, a pirate book sails the seas to teach students about the different parts of a book.

Parts of a Book pirate and ship
Front cover of a book
Title of a book - How to Be a Pirate

K.RI.6

Name Authors and Illustrators

Name the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information in a text.

Through one of the read-a-long activities, students will be prompted to answer questions about titles, authors, and illustrators of different books.

A Rainbow of Animals book cover
Do you know the colors of a rainbow with rainbow illustration
A ladybug is red. A goldfish is orange. What parts did the illustrator make?

K.RI.7

Pictures Help You Read

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).

During a practice read, students will use pictures to answer questions about different objects and what they can and cannot do.

Things That Can Go book cover with boy riding bike
Picture of house - Can this house go? No, it can not.
Picture of tree and car. Can these things go?

K.RI.8

Author's Purpose

With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.

Through another informational text, students will learn about cute kittens and discuss the author’s purpose afterwards.

Do You Like Kittens book cover with three grey and white kittens
Do you like kittens? Grey kitten image
Kitten in tree. Kittens climb trees.

K.RI.9

Same and Different

With prompting and support, identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

Let’s go to the beach! In this fun and catchy song, students will see and learn about several different sea animals you find at the beach.

Let's Go To The Beach Illustration of beach
Beach and starfish illustration
Beach and lobster illustration

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