Lesson Plan Suggestions for Common Core Standards

Grades K-2

Reading and Critical Thinking Skills

  • Read the article or ask students to take turns reading aloud. Ask the students to weigh in their opinion of the current event verbally or as a comment on the article or on their class DOGOnews page.
  • Ask students to identify the main theme of the article.


  • Identify verbs, nouns and pronouns.
  • Identify unfamiliar and challenging words from the list of Vocab words at the end of the article and discuss their meanings in the context of the article.
  • Create spelling lists and tests based on the Vocab words.


  • Pictures Speak A Thousand Words – Ask students to pick their favorite picture and describe it in their own words.