It’s Sunday! And you know what that means. Yeah, tomorrow is Monday. I’ve tried to make it not be, but sadly it’s here. And that means we’ve all been on Pinterest all day trying to write lesson plans for the day. Once again, my kids better hold on because I am about to rock their world (if I do say so myself!) But people, this is me NOT working and all of the stuff we do in Monsters Inc. every day is me NOT working. I’m just sayin…for someone who doesn’t “work to create a model school” I sure do spend a lot of time not working. Anyways…
Today’s post is late because we were the guests of honor at our wedding shower! We have some incredible and supportive friends who hosted a wonderful event for us. 13 days people. 13 days and I will be married. So many emotions. Is this real? Is this happening? Did I spend that much? Do I deserve to be this happy? And now just imagine that with more colorful language and one crazy high strung fiancee’ (and it ain’t me!) and you get a picture of our house right now! Fair warning: there will be a lot of wedding stuff the next 13 days. There. You’ve been warned. And I get to talk about it because I can and I’m the groom! Just sayin! I will try to not say too much about it. I think. With all of that being said, can I just say how inspiring it is to hear such supportive comments from so many of you? In my unique situation, you never know how much to say and share because you never know the reaction that you will encounter. So without being political or controversial (What? Me? Controversial and outspoken? Would never happen. True story.) THANK YOU for supporting my upcoming wedding and allowing me to share my joy!
And now, here is waht you’ve wanted to see all day! It’s time. It’s going to change your world. It might inspire you and if it doesn’t….tough. Leave me alone. I’m the groom. It’s Schedulin’ Sunday!
We are going to jump into one of my favorite times of year by reading There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves. We will discuss the story and use a flow-map (thinking map) to re-tell the story. We will also use the emergent reader that I created today to begin our Johnny Appleseed adventure And of course we will make our I hat which means another one of the famous (or infamous) pictures of Mr. Greg wearing a fun hat! I purchased the hats from The Moffat Girls and Simply Kinder so I might try to combine them into one mind blowing piece of artwork (or one cray cray hot mess of something!)! The next two weeks we will be learning all about shapes. This week we are going to focus on 2D shapes and recognizing them and naming them. Next week we will use our shapes to create pictures! To introduce shapes, we will play I Have Who Has during morning meeting. Our “hook” (yes, I know…if we don’t give it a fancy name, we aren’t effective and our kids aren’t engaged…riiiight.) is another emergent reader. After reading I See Shapes from kinder-pond.com we will do a shape sort. The students will cut the shapes and glue them into the correct column on their construction paper! We are also learning all about apples this week! We will start our unit with one of my favorite charts: the KWL chart! After we do our KWL chart, we will make stained glass apples. We will use red and green tissue paper squares to make our stained glass apples.
We will re-read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves and the students will create their own flow maps. This will be our first attempt at this so I might be a little flustered at the end of this escapade. (SIDEBAR: Last year our principal brought a group of higer ups to my room in APRIL and my kids were working on a flow map. Principal said “look, they’re cutting.” Cutting?? We cut in August. One of my kids says, “we’re cutting out pictures to put them in order to make a flowmap so we can sequence our story and retell the story!” That’s right. Cutting. Please.) We will also do our picture sort for the short I sound. It’s an igloo sort that I created. You can find it here. We will also be working on an apple predictable chart. An apple is…
In math we will continue our shape study with the spin and graph shapes activity from kinder-pond.com The students spin the spinner and graph the shapes. It’s a lot of fun for the kids and it helps them with shape recognition. The teacher observes and uses it as an informal assessment. How smart! Our apple adventure continues with learning the parts of the apple and labeling our diagrams. And then we get messy. That means I get to wear my manly apron! I love those days! We will be making apple prints. I love watching the kids paint!
Our celebration of the letter I continues (but we’re not focusing on I…nope.) with another picture sort and lots of practice with our first sound fluency! We also celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday by reading the book Johnny Appleseed and discussing John Chapman! We will complete a predictable chart about Johnny Appleseed and do a Johnny Appleseed craftivity (umm, I need to find a Johnny Appleseed craftivity. HMMM) and of course we’re making a Johnny Appleseed hat!
You can also get all of my fun shape activities in one shape pack for FREE right now at TPT! I plan on leaving it for free for a day or two. Then it will be $1.00. I need you to buy a lot of them. I have a wedding in 13 days. And I have some flowers to buy! People, choosing Nashville’s PREMIER florist (um…no really…he does inaugurations, red carpets, the state capital, and every celebrity you can name!) wasn’t so smart with a teacher’s salary! Just sayin…make my wedding pretty! Support the flowers!
And now, you must go visit my friend Kaci over at Mrs. Hoffer’s Spot Check out her store! She has some great stuff and she’s my friend. So support my flowers and support her because she’s awesome and my friend.
And speaking of apples, check out my friend Mary’s apple unit!