It’s Schedulin’ Sunday here in the Kindergarten Smorgasboard! Schedulin’ Sunday almost didn’t happen. Mr. Greg and Mr. Belly had a major disagreement this morning so I stayed in bed until about 11. But I can’t let the feeling that my stomach is being ripped out (ok..stomach cramps hurt real bad…) keep me from planning a crazy busy Chicka Chicka Boom Boom week! Did I say busy?? Yes I did…so let’s get right to it!
We kick off Chicka Chicka Boom Boom week with a read aloud, of course! After our read aloud we’re going digging for letters! Each child will get to dig through the sand to find a letter. We will ID the letter and match it to the letter on our letter chart!
We will also use our Chicka Chicka interactive chart to work on letter recognition and names!
I love this activity! The ‘staches love to sing along and see the letters that pop up! But they really love when we do their names! This is a simple activity to make! Just write the saying on chart paper or poster-board. Measure the size of your sentence strips and cut 2 slits. On sentence strips write uppercase and lowercase letters (names and numbers work too!) in random order. You slide the strip through the slit and they sing along naming the letters!
Today I will introduce the ‘staches to roll and color! This is a favorite activity of mine so I am always excited when we introduce this fun math activity. We will do one roll and color game all together as a whole group. After we’ve practiced the ‘staches will use number cubes to practice number identification!
And the Monday silly hat tradition kicks off in full swing for the year with this super cute Chicka Chicka Boom Boom hat!
The ‘staches will cut out the leaves and place letter stickers on their leaves. I will staple their hat together and we have our first silly hat of the year! (If you want the pattern for the leaves, just click on the Mister to download!)
HOW CUTE IS THE MISTER FOR MODELING?!?! He’s such an awesome sport and so supportive of my kindergarten craziness!!!!! That’s one of the many reasons I love him so!
For our writing we will cut apart our names and put them together! Then we will practice writing our names!
We will be using these super fun CCBB roll and color sheets this week! Click the picture to get your 4 free roll and color sheets!
Monday wraps up with my most favorite and I believe (seriously, 100% with all my heart and all my glitter…that means I’m for real…) my most effective friendship lesson of the year!
I love this activity so much because it’s a powerful and visual lesson for my ‘staches about friendship and a loving classroom. I hear my students refer to rotten bananas all year long after this lesson! If you want to see my post on Friendship Salad, Click the picture of the salad!
Today we will echo read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and read our interactive chart! To work on our letter recognition we will play Pass The Letters! I have a velcro CCBB tree in my classroom so I remove all of the letters and place them in a bag. I start the music and we pass the bag. When the music stops the ‘stache holding the bag pulls out a letter. We name the letter and place it on the coconut tree!
Today’s writing lesson will be a bubble map of things we see in our classroom!
We will work on number recognition with another fun game of roll and color. We will do a game together as a whole group so we can practice. Then the ‘staches will work on their own to practice their numbers!
Now, here is where things get bonkers. In my plans I have a coconut science activity and a cocnut tree painting project. Well, sadly this is the afternoon that the mister has his root canal so I will have a sub. I am leaving her some simple projects for open house! She will be doing sticker names (each child’s name in bubble letters that they fill in with stickers!), self portraits and an all about me book!
To make this tree you paint the child’s arm brown and press onto white paper! Then you paint their hands green and press onto the tree trunk! After the paint is dry, they place letters on their tree!
Our first science investigation will be with coconuts! We will do a five senses activity and then taste our coconut. Before tasting we will predict whether we think we will like the coconut or not! After we taste the coconut we will graph whether we actually liked it or not! If you would like these chart labels, click on the picture to get yours!
We will echo read CCBB and do our interactive chart to practice our letters. I will also introduce our first emergent reader! This one is all about school supplies! We will practice reading it a few times with our focus being on touching the dots under the words as we read! Then we will do a font sort! I took a large shower curtain and marked off 26 boxes and labeled each box with a different letter! I have a bag full of letters in a variety of fonts. The ‘staches will choose a letter and name the letter and place it on the shower curtain!
Today’s writing lesson will be a a bubble map of things we see in our school!
Today the ‘staches will do roll and color on their own! I will be working with some students individually!
We will make coconut trees with feathers and sandpaper!
Today we will read the book LMNO Peas and read our CCBB interactive chart to practice letters!
Today we also get to use whiteboards! I will introduce whiteboards and dry erase markers (click on the dry erase marker link for a good price on dry erase markers!) and how to use them! The ‘staches get 10 minutes to draw. Then I will say a letter and model how to write it. Next we will practice writing the letter together! Then we will write the letter on our own!
Today’s writing lesson will be predictable chart that uses our bubble maps from Tuesday and Wednesday! Each child will complete the sentence: I see…
We will use our whiteboards to practice writing numbers and then do gummy bear counting! Each child will have a sheet with bears labeled 0-10. They will also have a pile of gummy bears! Mr. Greg will show a number on the screen and the ‘staches point to the number and count that number of bears! At the end we eat our gummy bears!
Click the picture to download your bear counting sheet!
We will also read Miss Nelson Is Missing and talk about the things we can do to keep Mr. Greg from becoming Miss Viola Swamp! We will graph who we want to be our teacher: Mr. Greg or Miss Swamp!
Today we will use chalkboards (I have a set of small chalkboards that my dad made for me during my first year of Kindergarten!!!) to practice writing letters. We will draw for 10 minutes and then we will use the I DO WE DO YOU DO model to write our letters!
We will do a bubble map of things we see in our cafeterria!
Math we will assess on our numbers and counting to 5. The students will have a Counting Coconuts book. Each page has a number (0-5) and a coconut tree. The ‘staches ID the number and use dot stickers to count the correct number of coconuts!
And of course, Foodie Fun Friday will be a CCBB snack!
Also this week, I will be assessing the students (which I am SUPER excited about because I can’t wait to see where they are and what they know!!) and we will be working on getting ready for open house (Thursday!)
We will also continue learning about centers and doing a lot of new center activities that are…wait for it…Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
So that’s our VERY busy week!!!
Our CCBB centers and other great CCBB activities can be found in this glittery ABC and 123 Common Core aligned creation!
And I have to share my newest Common Core creation! I can’t wait to get this one printed and laminated and into centers! It’s all food and restaurant themed learning centers! 7 centers in all (letters, numbers, what comes next, beginning sounds, and more!)
Leave a comment with your favorite CCBB activity or letter activity and I’ll choose a winner for this new pack! I will choose a winner tomorrow!
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I adore CCBB!! I make a picture frame craft with my kids. The frame has the CCBB tree, polka dots (they cut out) and their name with foam letters and then a cutie picture of them. I have a coconut tree on my wall and I staple them up and they stay all year. It's so precious at the end of the year to take them down and see how much they've grown!
Love the silly hat! The Common Core Diner is an awesome set of activities!
I love CCBB!! My kinders play CCBB Bingo to reinforce letters, they love it. We also make a craft using their arms as the trunk, hands as the branches, but we use alphabet cereal to glue the letters on the tree.
CCBB is a favorite of mine! I also do the painted arm/hand trees with my little monsters. It's a messy, fun, good time! I have a small CCBB tree with velcro letters that we use to practice letter identification. This year, I'm planning an craft where the kids create a construction paper tree, add the letters of their names (using foam letters) and then add a verse to the bottom adapted from the story where they say how many letters are in their names. Should be fun! Loved your plans for the week…some fun stuff in there…might just steal a few ideas!
OMG! You are the best! I am a new kindergarten teacher and am struggling with where to start with my kiddos after two years in first and second grade. I know what I need to teach and how they learn, but actually seeing so many easy, wonderful ideas is so great! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂
And I LOVE your diner pack. It's a perfect compliment to my dramatic play center!
The Fabulous First Grade
There are some great ideas for CCBB in the post! I LOVE the silly hats and the handprint activity! I can't wait to incorporate them into my classroom! I've already wishlisted both of the activity packs on TPT! 🙂
I love the silly hats. Already printed the pattern and will definitely be on my list of activities next week! Thanks for sharing!
Love your CCBB activities! We did this book last week, BUMMER that I missed your brilliance! BUT, we did a fun activity with the kids names down the CCBB tree, they loved it! You know we love glitter and stickers 🙂 I would love this Diner unit, looks adorbs, just like all your stuff!
Wow! I cannot wait until I start teaching my new kinders to use some of your ideas. What a very fun week your staches will have! My favorite CCBB activity is when my kids make their own chicka tree with torn paper (good for fine motor skills) and sticky letters. They turn out so cute and are usually a display in the hallway the first week of school. I would love to win your new product. It looks amazing!
I love to do the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom name on the coconut tree activity with letter stickers. The kids love it too! I can't believe how many fabulous ideas you have! I will definitely be implementing them this fall too!
The Polished Teacher
My favorite letter activity is making a Mickey Mouse for letter /m/. I alternate between Mickey hats, puppets, belts with tails and painting. I haven't figured out a food the kids can make yet. email@example.com
I love CCBB activities. Thank you for sharing all of your ideas. I meet my new group of Friends tomorrow and will be making friendship salad on Wednesday. I love the kids' reactions when I bring out the banana! Have a fantastic week. Thank you again for sharing!
I love CCBB!!! The friendship salad is a great idea and I'm going to try that with my kiddos this week! Thanks for the awesome ideas!
Our favorite CCBB activity is the CCBB name activity: pinterest.com/pin/316096467565858545!
I love all of your ideas. Your kinders are so fortunate to have such a great teacher. My favorite activity is similar to your name tree.
Thanks for all the great ideas you share, Mr. Greg! I would love the roll and color sheet but I couldn't get the link to work. One of my favorite CCBB activities is a torn paper craft. I love doing a lot of torn paper crafts at the beginning of the year to help develop those cutting and writing muscles.
Love all your ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. I love the Foodie Fun Friday activitiy to go with CCBB! Yum! (BTW, I couldn't get the roll & color activities to download.)
Great ideas! Thank you for sharing! I also couldn't get the roll & color to download. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fantastic ideas and thank you sooo much for sharing. Like the others, I could not get your roll and color to download. My favorite CCBB activity is to have the kids make a torn paper palm tree with ABC stickers.
For some reason, I cannot click on the picture to get your roll and color page. I really like it, and I hope that maybe you can help me out! Thanks!
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Love the CCBB activities; especially the crazy hat and cut handprint art project!!! I am having trouble getting the CCBB roll and color sheets to download:( I would love to win your new pack of activities:)
Click here to download the CCBB roll and color:
I love the pass the bag game to practice letters! I will be adding that to our CCBB week!