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Kindergarten Reading Literature Standards Aligned Resources

Kindergarten ELA Domain: Reading Literature

In this domain, Kindergarten students will continue to grow and expand their knowledge in the world of literature. Building upon eSpark Learning’s Pre-K curriculum, students will strengthen their skills in storytelling, asking and answering questions, identifying unknown words, establishing different types of stories, and comparing and contrasting characters and their experiences. Here’s a closer look at what students can expect to learn throughout each standard within the Kindergarten ELA Reading Literature domain:

K.RL.1

Ask and Answer Questions

With help and support from teachers, students will engage with stories by asking questions and providing detailed answers.

K.RL.2

Retell Stories

In this standard, students will practice retelling familiar stories, remembering key details.

K.RL.3

Tell What Happened

With support from teachers, kindergarten students will learn to identify different elements of a story, including characters, settings, and events.

K.RL.4

Identify Unknown Words

Students will continue to explore different stories and texts to identify unknown words.

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Identify Stories and Poems

Students will learn to distinguish different types of stories and poems.

K.RL.7

Using Pictures in Stories

With guidance from teachers, students will use pictures and illustrations from stories to understand and describe what’s happening.

K.RL.9

Compare and Contrast Stories

In this standard, students will learn to compare and contrast different elements of familiar stories, like characters, adventures, and settings.

Get Started with Kindergarten Reading Literature Learning Resources

Reading Literature is one of four domains included in the Kindergarten ELA standards. Students can expect to learn how to:

  • Ask and answer questions about familiar stories and texts
  • Retell familiar stories with key details
  • Study texts to identify unknown words
  • Identify different types of stories and poems
  • Use pictures and illustrations to understand stories better
  • Compare and contrast different elements of familiar stories

Through engaging games, learning songs, instructional videos, and interactive stories, students will enhance their learning and build the necessary skills for future success in the classroom. All of eSpark Learning’s activities are aligned to the Common Core standards, ensuring both students and teachers will meet the goals and expectations outlined during this pivotal year of learning.

With the help of eSpark Learning’s standards-aligned resources, teachers can confidently build a curriculum that is fun and interactive and ensures success every step of the way. Below are examples of activities and resources that are aligned to each Common Core standard within the Reading Literature domain:

K.RL.1

Ask and Answer Questions

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

In a read-a-long book called ‘Let’s Call Nani,’ students will answer questions about the text with the help of prompting and illustrations.

Let's Call Nani read-a-long book
Mama wakes up girl to brush teeth
Girl calls Nani, her Grandmother
K.RL.2

Retell Stories

With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.

In one of several read-aloud activities, students will engage with the classic tale of ‘The Three Little Pigs,’ and practice retelling the familiar story with details about the characters, setting, and events.

The Three Little Pigs read-a-long book
Once upon a time, three little pigs grew old enough to move away from home.
The first pig wanted to build his home quickly, and he chose to build his home from straw.
K.RL.3

Tell What Happened

With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

In a practice activity, students can read Daisy’s Crazy Adventure, featuring the bored dog Daisy who goes exploring in her backyard.

Daisy's Crazy Adventure read-a-long book
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K.RL.4

Identify Unknown Words

Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

In one of several interactive games, students can go on a walk in the park with Jamal to identify unknown animals based on his descriptions.

City Walk Adventure interactive game
Which animal is huge? Penguin, lizard, or elephant.
Which animal has stiff hair? A porcupine, dog, or rabbit.
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Identify Stories and Poems

Identify stories - Pretend.

Familiar stories like My Pet Llamacorn are back to help students practice identifying different types of texts and poems.

My Pet Llamacorn read-a-long book
This is my pet. His name is Fluffy and he is a llamacorn
Fluffy has soft fur and a horn
K.RL.7

Using Pictures in Stories

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

With the help of everyone’s favorite Big Red Dog, students can piece together a story through prompting and illustrations.

Clifford's Big Dig
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K.RL.9

Compare and Contrast Stories

With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.

In an interactive story called ‘I’m Not Afraid of Cats,’ students will practice remembering different details of a story and the order in which they happened.

I'm Not Afraid of Cats read-a-long book
Girl looking around couch at cat
I'm Not Afraid of Cats read-a-long book

Ready to get started teaching the standards with eSpark?