Kindergarten Collection Teacher's Guide
Comprehensive Teacher's Guide Summary: This comprehensive Teacher's Guide includes everything needed to help students really connect with the books in The King School Series, Kindergarten Collection. For each book, the Guide offers detailed lessons and two reproducible worksheets: a Story Check and a Hands-on Activity. Both worksheets gauge student's comprehension, with the Hands-on Activity offering students a rich opportunity for some story-based fun.
Key Features of the Kindergarten Collection
Exceptionally appealing characters.
Every book in the Kindergarten Collection is about the King School Kids, spirited students in Mrs. Hall’s class at the King School. Mirroring the diversity of today’s classroom, the King School Kids represent various ethnicities and come from a variety of family structures. Your students will have no trouble finding King School Kids with whom they can identify. Once they read just one book about their favorite characters, they will clamor for more.
Engaging leveled stories.
Your students will be “hooked” by these vibrantly illustrated stories based on young children’s interests, concerns, and experiences: learning to read, playing with friends, getting ready for school, enjoying family gatherings, and much more. Besides being charming, these stories have been written to fit carefully defined leveling criteria, which are compatible with several widely used reading systems (see “Leveling Criteria” tab). From one level to the next, the books advance in difficulty, making the Kindergarten Collection ideal for the very earliest readers.
Ideal for differentiated instruction.
Because the leveled books in the Kindergarten Collection progress in difficulty, every student can be matched with just the right book—not too hard, not too easy. Five separate titles at each of the two levels give students practice reading at one level before moving to the next. This upward spiral of achievement fosters confidence. The more confident students feel, the more they want to read. The more they read, the better readers they become.
Colorful illustrations and a student-friendly format.
Brimming with humor and warmth, the illustrations do more than grab students’ attention. Great care has been taken to make sure the illustrations support students’ understanding of the text. Throughout, illustrations cue the text, helping students figure out unfamiliar words. Font size, text placement, text spacing, and line breaks have also been carefully designed to foster students’ reading skills.
Lively, compact stories.
Experiencing the sheer pleasure of well-plotted stories is an important step in making kindergartners eager to learn to read. Even the most basic books in the Kindergarten Collection have compelling narratives that drive the stories forward and keep students reading to see how things work out. Though varying in complexity, all books in the Series are 16 pages long, with at least 8 of those pages being fully illustrated. This compact length means that even brand-new readers have the satisfaction—and fun—of reading a book, from start to finish, in just one sitting.
Continuing its long-standing commitment to publishing quality books at affordable prices, Townsend Press is pleased to offer a 6-pack of each title in the Kindergarten Collection for $12.00—just $2 per book. A Complete Set (10 copies--1 copy of all 10 titles) is just $20.00, and a Classroom Library (60 copies--6 copies of all 10 titles) can be purchased for only $120.00!
Leveling Correlations and Criteria for The King School Series,
Kindergarten Collection (Levels 1–2)
The graphic at left below indicates the close correlation between levels in The King School Series and grade / developmental levels. Because the Series’ levels have been designed to match developmental levels, you’ll find it easy to integrate the King School Series books into your reading program.
The graphic at right includes details about the leveling criteria of the King School Series, Kindergarten Collection. Each carefully-leveled book features: word counts that advance incrementally; high-frequency words; a clear, child-friendly font; consistent text placement; and line breaks that encourage reading in meaningful word groups. This material will help you match students with books at exactly the right level.
About the Series Creator
Click the links below to download PDF versions of two books in The King School Series. The books represent the two reading levels within the Collection. An annotated version of each book, complete with commentary highlighting the book’s key features, is also available by clicking below.
Kindergarten Common Core State Standards Fulfilled
by the King School Series Teacher’s Guide (Levels 1–2)
As you strive to meet Common Core State Standards in your classroom, you will find a key ally in the King School Series and its Teacher’s Guide (TG). Offering a well-rounded treatment of the stories, our materials prompt students to use a variety of cognitive, verbal, reading, and writing skills along the way. Every story and its corresponding TG supplements cover most, if not all, of the standards listed below. The Instructional Sequence, which is further customized in every story’s Lesson Plan in the TG, references the below codes to demonstrate where and how the King School Series fulfills specific standards .