Free ELA Lesson Plans for Grades K-2

Free ELA Lesson Plans for Grades K-2

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Free ELA Lesson Plans for Grades K-2

Welcome to our ELA Guide designed specifically for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade teachers and students. This curated collection of resources includes engaging activities, reading lessons, literature, and interactive tools designed to enhance early literacy skills while fostering a love for the environment. From foundational reading exercises to creative writing prompts, this guide aims to foster a love for learning in our youngest scholars.


Introduce your students to the concept of environmental stewardship through engaging and interactive read-alouds!

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Read Aloud Guide: Climate Science Solutions

This read-aloud guide, by Elaine Makarevich, is designed for use with a climate science nonfiction or nonfiction narrative text that includes a climate change problem and offers solutions. Not sure where to find an appropriate book? Check out our Climate Reading Lists for Grades K-2.

Read Aloud Guide: Climate Science Solutions

More Read Alouds

What is a Rainforest?
Read Aloud Guide: Wet
Sun Up, Sun Down

Phonics & Phonological Awareness

Do your students need more targeted skill practice? Check out these activities to strengthen foundational skills. 

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Backyard ELA

Practice a variety of phonics and phonological awareness skills with this nature-themed printable bundle by educator Elizabeth Ward.

Backyard ELA

More Phonics and PA Resources

Composting Syllables
Beginning Sounds
Endangered Animal Puzzles

Reading & Listening Comprehension

Help your students develop comprehension skills while exploring nature-themed stories.

Response to Reading

Response to Reading

Students record their thoughts and feelings after reading a climate related fiction text. Students strengthen reading comprehension skills by identifying the characters and setting in the book.

Beg, Mid, End Graphic Organizer

Beg, Mid, End Graphic Organizer

Encourage students to retell a short story in order, identify main ideas and key details, and other reading skills with this graphic organizer.

Research & Writing

Encourage your students to share their learning through writing. The following grade-level appropriate activities will allow your learners to practice informational writing, personal narrative writing, and letter-writing skills.

Animal Research & Writing
Food I Eat Writing
Write a Letter to Earthly

Next Steps

This Common Core Standards (CCSS)-aligned guide empowers early childhood and elementary teachers to integrate climate education topics into their daily reading and writing curriculum. With a focus on developing critical thinking and reading strategies, this guide is an excellent resource for teachers and students. Visit our website to explore more free English Language Arts lesson plans for elementary school, middle school, and high school teachers, complete with templates and activities.

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