Launching Units to Support a Year Like No Other

Launching Units to Support a Year Like No Other

Dear Readers,

For the next few weeks I am going to posting units for your use as we enter into the new school year. They are free, I encourage feedback, and I hope that you find them useful and meaningful in the months to come.


  • They are ALL living documents. The K/1 has been updated a handful of times in the week since I originally posted it. Keep checking back at the document if you print it
  • I welcome and encourage feedback. If something does or does not work, let me know. Especially for those of you who start school earlier, you can help refine the work for those who will start a little later.
  • I tried to keep any and all prep work to a minimum. We are all trying to keep our heads above water. Once you get a sense of the units, you should be able to do 99.9% of the work with your children- no making the charts the night before or any of that.

The first one is for K/1 and contain a mash-up of community and relationship building, show and tell, interactive writing, phonics and shared reading. You could call it a reading unit, but it crosses out of that neat box into other areas. The unit is written with variations for distanced, virtual, or blended schooling. It is also written with the feedback of many brilliant educators, I celebrate them at the end.

 K/1 Reading Unit: Shared Stories, Shared Voices!

The 2/3 unit tries to bridge community building, identity, agency, and getting to know your readers. There is a huge emphasis on collaborative conversations. I tried as much as possible to account for all the variations in schooling, but honestly, who knows what it will look like tomorrow. Remember to check out the end where I thank the talented educators who gave their feedback.

2/3 Reading Unit: Building Communities of Readers


I am partnering with a friend and colleague, Renee Houser, to host a webinar about going back to school in a virtual or blended way. If you want to talk more about these units, or some of the tech, or maybe learn some new strategies and tools, come along! We will try to keep it light and happy and useful.

Register here


4/5 Reading Unit

A Handy Guide to Play in the distanced or virtual classroom

  • Dawn Malone
    Posted at 20:24h, 23 July Reply

    This looks fantastic! Thank you for generously sharing this work.

  • Tracey Penney
    Posted at 20:48h, 23 July Reply

    Thank you for this thoughtful work. I’ve only skim read it once over and I can’t wait to go back in to really digest its content.

  • Loralee
    Posted at 08:30h, 24 July Reply

    You are amazing!

  • Terri Ruyter
    Posted at 08:43h, 24 July Reply

    You are a godsend! We are just diving into planning K for the fall after recuperating from the spring and are struggling to imagine what a play centered kindergarten can look like in a hybrid or remote model.

  • Christine Abdalla
    Posted at 09:09h, 24 July Reply

    Excited to read about these units!

  • Tamieka Hart
    Posted at 09:28h, 24 July Reply

    Thank you!!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 09:59h, 24 July Reply

    Thank you

  • Lorri Smith
    Posted at 10:44h, 24 July Reply

    I’m a grade 2 teacher. I’m excited to learn from you!

  • Carlos Hernandez
    Posted at 11:51h, 24 July Reply

    Thank you for being so generous!

  • Bridget Cassidy
    Posted at 13:28h, 24 July Reply

    Please share, thanks

    • kristimraz
      Posted at 14:51h, 24 July Reply

      Click on the words “here it is”

  • Michelle Burnett
    Posted at 13:59h, 24 July Reply

    Thank you. I would love to see the K/1 resource.

    • kristimraz
      Posted at 14:51h, 24 July Reply

      Click on where it says “here it is”

  • Joanne Warner
    Posted at 14:31h, 24 July Reply

    Thank you!

  • Maria Doyle
    Posted at 15:26h, 24 July Reply

    Thank you 🙏

  • Cathy Cooper
    Posted at 16:11h, 24 July Reply

    Thank you so much. I have followed your work for years.

    In your post you direct us to the bullets. I do not find them to be live links. Am I missing something?
    Table of Contents-ish (to open live links click on the small box with bullets to the left of the document)

  • Carolyn Lewis
    Posted at 17:14h, 24 July Reply

    Thank you so much!!!

  • Rita Koski
    Posted at 21:23h, 24 July Reply

    Thank you!

  • Deborah Vila-Tricomi
    Posted at 13:16h, 28 July Reply

    What a resource! Your explanations and resources are invaluable to all teachers, new and seasoned. Thank you for sharing!

  • Erika Griffin
    Posted at 14:21h, 31 July Reply

    Thank you! This is such a beautiful way to launch a year. I love the way the work is co-constructed with kids. I want to try it!

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