A Story of 5 words– A Kindergarten Project

Essential Question:  How will I demonstrate impact on student learning as a result of my differentiated lesson?

As stated in a previous post, I use my initial acquisition of individualized word lists as my pre-assessment.  We are then going to graph those results.  The aim is to show a positive trend of the number of correct words read from the same list over a number of revisits to the original 10.  Here is the actual plan.

A Story of 5 Words


Name: A story of 5 words


Grade Level: K


Unit:  Foundational Reading Skills


Lesson Topic:  Practice reading and writing 5 high frequency common words


Materials:  Flash cards of high frequency words from the Dolch list, computer, digital recording device, scanner (available devices determines creative options), VoiceThread.com


New Vocabulary: varied—student is given list depending upon their individual needs.


Language Concepts:

Practice identifying, reading, and writing 5 high frequency, common words. 


Lesson Purpose:

            To develop foundational reading skills with kindergarteners with differentiated options in presenting their projects with use of technology


Instructional Objective(s):

The learner will demonstrate improved acquisition of high frequency, common words by creating and presenting a story created out of their 5 acquired words.


The learner will graph their progress to give evidence to improved learning.


Grade Level Standard(s):

3. Know and apply grade‐level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

c. Read common high‐frequency words by sight. (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).


Anticipatory Set (30 min. per session—revisited over a series of days)


Lesson Activities in Sequence:

  • During a rotation time,      students will be asked to read from a series of 10 flash cards which      include high frequency, common words.       Each student’s set will be different.  From that list, the student will be      given 5 misread cards as a learning list.       If the student reads a majority of the cards, the series may      surpass 10 until 5 unknown words are acquired.  (Keep track of each student’s full set      of 10 for re-assessment).
  • The learner will then be      given their 5 words on their learning list.  This list will be read over with the      student (and possible pictures added for understanding) to make sure that      they understand what the word is.
  • The learner will then      write a short story using all 5 words.       The story doesn’t need to be 5 sentences long, but it must contain      all 5 words.  The students must      spell and use the words correctly.
  • The learner will then      present their stories through which available manner suits them (i.e.      recording a video, drawing pictures, using already uploaded digital      pictures, using puppets…).
  • Each creation will be      recorded digitally and presented to parents by way of VoiceThread.com
  • During the course of the      project, learners will be asked to read their original list of 10 words      and progress graphed.


Assessment of Learning:

            The graph of the original 10 (or more for advanced readers) words will be the pre and post assessment.  The projected outcome is a positive trend in number of words correctly read.



As a class, we will watch the various stories and share the link with parents and invite POSTIVE feedback.



No homework—they’re kindergarten.  Unless it is to show off to their family.


Early Finisher Activities:

Early finishers may write another story using their words and create pictures (there may not be time to add these creations to proposed product, but the creativity is still a good practice).


Modifications for Special Needs:

Some students may need more one-on-one time with the teacher, or more prompting.  These students will have modified word lists limited to only three letter words.  The story may be written for them, but the recreation of their story will be their own.


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